Mar del Plata

Travel Guide
Mar del Plata Cathedral showing a pond

Long sweeping beaches, watersports, wildlife spotting, elegant architecture, historic villas and superb art museums make this a popular Argentine beach town. 

Mar del Plata is the queen of Argentina’s coastal resorts. During summer its beaches teem with vacationers from across the country. Inland, the city offers cultural experiences. Find historic landmarks, galleries, museums, picturesque squares and shopping districts. Once a glitzy destination for affluent families, today Mar del Plata caters to all budgets.

The city’s coastline extends for 29 miles (47 kilometers) along the Atlantic Ocean and sets the scene for sailing, spotting sea lions, sunbathing, watersports and walking. Closest to the city center is Bristol Beach, backed by La Rambla promenade and the Casino Central. Travel north to the quieter Playa la Perla and Playa Popular. To the south is Playa Chica. Playa Grande is a favorite among surfers. Waikiki Beach is also a good surf spot.

Sit on tree-shaded lawns and watch street performers at beachfront Plaza Cristóbal Colón. San Martín Square is framed by Mar del Plata Cathedral and the Colón Theater. Mitre Square features December’s Mar del Plata JAZZ festival. Shop for artisanal gifts on Diagonal de los Artesanos and browse outlets on pedestrian-only Peatonal San Martín.

Discover the life of writer Victoria Ocampo and see how early 20th-century affluent Argentines lived at Villa Victoria Ocampo Cultural Center. Villa Normandy is another home of one-time aristocrats. Scrutinize the architectural beauty of the Stella Maris Church, medieval-style water tower Torre Tanque and castle-inspired Torreón del Monje. Meet dolphins, penguins, sea lions and tropical birds at Mar del Plata Aquarium.

Admire works by national artists at Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Art Museum and MAR Museum of Modern Art. Delve into maritime history at the Museum of the Submarine Force. Peruse displays of antique city photographs at the Roberto T. Barili Historic Museum Archive.

Mar del Plata is about 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of Buenos Aires. Reach the town by bus, plane or train. December through February is the high season, when hotel prices peak. Come in the off-season to experience the relaxed atmosphere justifying its nickname, Happy City.

Where to stay in Mar del Plata

O2 Hoteles Mar del Plata
O2 Hoteles Mar del Plata
3 out of 5
Alberti 2146, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is $37 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bingo del Mar, Colon Square, and Paseo Aldrey - Cultural and Shopping Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (45 reviews)
Meh
"Okay at best, I guess Argentina maybe has a different standard than the US. The bed wasn’t very comfortable, the pillows were lumpy, and the carpet was stained; other than that it was fine and was conveniently located. Don’t waste your time eating in the restaurant in the hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

O2 Hoteles Mar del Plata
NH Gran Hotel Provincial
NH Gran Hotel Provincial
4 out of 5
Patricio Peralta Ramos 2502, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is $134 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Situated in Mar del Plata, this beach hotel is steps from Plaza Almirante Brown and Colon Square. Casino del Mar and Central Casino are also within 5 ...
3.9/5Good! (204 reviews)
"Hotel Provincial is the most classic and stylish hotel ever built in Argentina. Enriched with history, it is by far a relic of a lost time. The staff was incredibly warm and helpful, friendly and efficient. Staying there was a dream."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

NH Gran Hotel Provincial
NH Hotel Casino
NH Hotel Casino
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Patricio Peralta Ramos 2300, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is $134 per night from Sep 18 to Sep 18
Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this beach hotel is steps from Central Casino, Colon Square, and Bristol Beach. Aguas Danzantes Fountain and Millennium ...
4.1/5Very Good! (60 reviews)
"Large rooms with high ceilings. Excellent service, great location, and good breakfast."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2018

NH Hotel Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Apart Avenida del Mar
Apart Avenida del Mar
3 out of 5
Las Heras 2128, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires (province)
Situated in Mar del Plata, this aparthotel is steps from Casino del Mar and Bristol Beach. Plaza Almirante Brown and Millennium Square are also within 5 ...
Apart Avenida del Mar
Radar Cabo Corrientes
Radar Cabo Corrientes
3 out of 5
81 Falucho, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Varese Beach, Chica Beach, and Alem Street. Torre Tanque and Grande ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Excelente finde en Mardel
"Excelente ubicación, muy comodo el depto, la atención recibida 10ptos. Muy recomendable ."

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

Radar Cabo Corrientes
Torres de Manantiales Apart Hotel
Torres de Manantiales Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Alberti 453, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires (province)
Torres de Manantiales Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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