Welcome to Argentina’s most popular beach resort town. Mar del Plata is extremely popular among South Americans and much less popular with international tourists, yet it remains a fine choice for anyone touring the region who wants some beachside relaxation.
Mar del Plata is famous for being a weekend resort and primarily in the summer (December through February) so if you can come on a weekday or in the off season, you’ll find far smaller crowds and much better prices for hotels. Generally speaking, food and drinks here cost about what they do in Buenos Aires, but hotels can be more or less expensive depending on season and day of the week.
As you’ll see below, some of the attractions are real bargains, and transportation is quite reasonable by most standards. The tricky thing remains the Argentine inflation rate, which has been famously high for years, and that can make these prices look out of date between our annual updates.