Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, March 06, 2005 - 11:39 am: |
Any beach resorts?
|Posted on Sunday, March 06, 2005 - 3:18 pm: |
Welcome Anne Marie!
By beach resorts you mean something like 'Atlantis' in Paradise Island, Bahamas?
I can't think of anything like this in Argentina.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 - 8:12 pm: |
ok. so there are no beachfront hotels in argentina.... where are the beaches and how far are they from any type of lodging? is it feasible to go to the beach for the day if you're staying in buenos aires?
|Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 1:34 am: |
There may be a few hotels that are on the beach or close enough to the beach that you could think of them as 'beachfront hotels', but there will still be a difference with what you conceive as a beachfront resort in the US and perhaps Europe.
Argentina has not had this kind of development yet. For something like this I would consider The Conrad in Punta del Este. A fancy, sophisticated beach vacation spot for well to do brazilians, argentines and people from Uruguay.
The most popular beaches are anywhere from 300 to 500 km from Buenos Aires city, to the south. There are a good number of them and they vary in size. Mar del Plata is the most popular one and can be thought of as a city itself. Then, there are many smaller ones such as Pinamar, Villa Gessell, Mar de Ajo, Valeria del Mar, etc... The younguest argentines usually hop from one to another since they are all close. But each beach has its own characteristics. Some are more family oriented while others are more 'popular', or more 'classy'. There is one for each taste. And the mix of people changes accordingly on each.
In Pinamar, for example, one of the most sophisticated accomodations is placed cross the golf course and about 5 to 6 blocks from the beach. Argentines do not mind this. They are happy walking down the beach. On that same beach, we have had many customers (specially americans) that were thrilled to have found a Raddison ON the beach itself, and made this one their first choice, even though it was of a lower quality.
In general, you will not see buildings right ON the beaches like you see here everywhere in south florida (except in Ft. Laudardale). Most beaches are left on their own, pristine and uncivilized and away from cars and noises (not the case of Mar del Plata). Beaches are considered a 'public place', not a private property so they tend to have places for people to eat, to drink, to listen to music and to hang out, like pubs and bars, as oppose to places where people sleep and live, even if on a temporary basis like in a hotel. In argentine's mind, we 'go to the beach' and then 'leave the beach'. But we do not "stay" at the beach. Anyway, these subtleties may mean nothing to you...
Perhaps, you should explore Punta del Este in Uruguay. It may offer something closer to what you have in mind.
I still have to meet someone who has gone to any of the beaches for the day. However, many argentines would go for the weekend. It can take some time to get to any of these places. Just leaving the city of Buenos Aires can be an ordeal (it's huge), so an average trip may be 5 hours. Then, there is the drive back... Those who live in Buenos Aires and want to enjoy a 'beach-like' day will either go to a private 'resort or condominium' with swiming pools or a public one. There are a few very small "beaches" north of the city in San Isidro... But, I would use the word 'beach' with cautious. The river on these fronts is usually polluted.
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|Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 10:15 pm: |
I will be traveling to Buenos Aires near the end of May by myself. I would like to visit museums, people watch and take tours (walking and escorted). Can you recommend some things for me to do?
|Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 11:22 pm: |
Answers are on the other thread you started here
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|Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 2:59 pm: |
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 5:21 pm: |
No beaches here in Buenos Aires, but there is Punta Carrasco which is the closest you will get. It is very nice and refreshing and a place to swim, lay out, eat and have a relaxing day by the pool. The women are absolutely stunning in their thongs as well.