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

Hotel Versailles
Hotel Versailles
3.5 out of 5
Av. Luro 2426, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, 7600
The price is $91 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$91
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Mar del Plata. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (101 reviews)
"Simple"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

Hotel Versailles
Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenita Alem 4221, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, 7600
The price is $219 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$219
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mar del Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (360 reviews)
"I didn't like this place at all. Bathroom tub and walls very dirty. Comforter was dirty and so was bed skirt. Rug in the room was old and dirty, I will never come to this place againl"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
Hotel Oscar Lescano
Hotel Oscar Lescano
4 out of 5
Avenida de los Trabajadores 3971, Mar del Plata, BUENOS AIRES, 7600
The price is $243 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$243
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 4-star all-inclusive hotel in Mar del Plata. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Mar Del Plata Lighthouse and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (14 reviews)
recomendable
"Muy bien, lo disfrutamos y personal de 10"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2022

Hotel Oscar Lescano
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.
Bright and spacious apartment a few steps from the sea!
Bright and spacious apartment a few steps from the sea!
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Stay at this apartment in Mar del Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a TV. Popular attractions Lorenzo Scaglia Museum of Natural Sciences and Unzue Institute ...
Bright and spacious apartment a few steps from the sea!
OtiumHaus Your vacation home
OtiumHaus Your vacation home
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Mar del Plata. Enjoy private pools, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Bingo del Mar and Colon ...
OtiumHaus Your vacation home
Department Moreno Center 2366
Department Moreno Center 2366
Mar del Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires
Stay at this apartment in Mar del Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Bingo del Mar and Aguas Danzantes Fountain are located ...
Department Moreno Center 2366
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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