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Introducing Mar Chiquita

A humble and windy little gem, the beachside village of Mar Chiquita is home to Albúfera Mar Chiquita, a 35km-long lagoon with huge biodiversity – over 220 bird and 55 fish species live within its waters. There’s good fishing in the area, and the beach is popular for windsurfing and kiteboarders – or just hanging out for a bit.

Half a block in from the lagoon, Hostería Bariloche is a friendly, family-run place with 10 rooms and apartments. It also rents wind sports equipment and give lessons when conditions in the lagoon permit. Campers can head to Camping Santa Rosa

The visitors center is beside the lagoon, a few blocks inland from the beach. Between December and March it organizes four-hour tours around the lagoon (per person AR$80, reserve ahead, minimum group size 10). Bring money – the closest ATM is 4km away in Mar de Cabo.

Mar Chiquita is 34km north of Mar del Plata. Rápido del Sud runs frequent buses that can drop you at the highway roundabout 2.5km outside Mar Chiquita (AR$21, 45 minutes). For transport into town, your best bet is local bus 221 from Mar del Plata (AR$7.50, 1½ hours, every two hours in summer, every four hours rest of year); it goes all the way to the beach and the lagoon's edge.