Mar del Plata
Two hundred and thirty miles (400km) south of Buenos
Aires, Mar del Plata is by far Argentina's most popular beach
resort. Around three million local tourists holiday here every
summer, drawn to its busy beaches and lively entertainment.
Visitors can alternate between spending idle days people-watching
on the beach or enjoying a spot of culture at one of the city's
small galleries. Families will enjoy the city's museums, zoo and
aquarium. There is also the bustling port to visit, featuring
numerous and colourful traditional fishing boats and a noisy colony
of sea lions. For a taste of the good life, the Mar del Plata has
some excellent bars and restaurants and, at the height of summer,
non-stop nightlife. Some visitors prefer to travel outside the peak
Christmas season when there are shorter queues for restaurants and
the like. Even in winter the city doesn't close down, as there are
more than 700,000 permanent residents.