Introducing Mar Del Plata
It’s worth going to Mar del Plata on a summer weekend if only so you’ll never again be tempted to say ‘gee this beach is crowded.’ There’s a couple of places where you could get a few strokes in without taking somebody’s eye out, but mostly it’s shoulder-to-shoulder sun-frazzled porteños. During the week, and especially in the nonsummer months, the crowds disperse, hotel prices drop and the place takes on a much more relaxed feel.
First impressions of the extremes to which this resort town has taken itself can be abhorrent. But, after spending a few days on its comically packed beaches, watching street performers on the beachside Plaza Colón or exploring the wonders of the port, it’s hard not to give in to the adoration the country feels for the place. If summer crowds aren’t your bottle of lotion, visit in spring or autumn, when prices are lower and the area’s natural attractions are easier to enjoy.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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