Puerto Madryn is just east of RN 3, 1371km south of Buenos Aires and about 65km north of Trelew. The action in town centers on the costanera (seaside road) and two main parallel avenues, Av Roca and 25 de Mayo. Bulevar Brown is the main drag alongside the beaches to the south. Most hostels rent bikes, which are a convenient way to get around and see area beaches.

From July to September, migrating whales come so close they can be viewed without taking a tour – either from the coast 20km north of town or from the town pier.