Located about 120km northeast of Mar del Plata, Pinamar’s warm waters make a very popular destination for middle-class porteños. It’s a busy place in summer. For a bit more tranquillity, head to the southern and more residential neighborhoods of Ostende and Valeria. Even further south is woodsy Cariló, Argentina’s most exclusive resort and home to expensive houses, fashionable restaurants and sandy side roads.
Pinamar was founded and designed in 1944 by architect Jorge Bunge, who figured out how to stabilize the shifting dunes by planting pines, acacias and pampas grass. It was once the refuge for the country’s upper echelons, but is now somewhat less exclusive and more laid-back.