Atlántida Argentina & Buenos Aires
Atlántida Argentina starts at Cabo San Antonio on the southern point of Samborombón Bay. It’s Argentina’s resort coast with wide, light brown sandy beaches stretching almost unbroken to Mar del Plata. The water in the expansive lagoon of Punta Rasa is tainted brown with clay from Rio de La Plata, but kiters appreciate the safety of the huge shallows and a constant wind that blows freely over flat marshland. Heading south the landscape changes; from Punta Medanos vast sand-dunes shelter pine and acacia forests behind the beach, and beyond Pinamar the Atlantic regains its blue-green hue. The beach-break is very popular for windsports but the neighbouring resorts of Cariló, Villa Gesell and Mar Azul are equally good: rarely over head-high Dec-Mar in the prevailing NE, but potentially more challenging the rest of the year. Alternatively, 14km inland are the fresh water lagoons of Los Horcones (launch from the SW corner) and Laguna Mar Chiquita (launch from the small peninsula on the north-west shore). The seaside town of Mar Chiquita is a combination spot with flat water in the rivermouth and waves on the ocean side. Mar de Cobo and Santa Clara del Mar also offer launch options in little bays beneath cliffs with views of the colossal high-rises of Mar del Plata. Its position on the Cabo Corrientes outcrop means there’s a beach to suit all common wind directions. Unfortunately, in fine weather most of them firmly belong holidaymakers and surfers. It’s the same at La Popular on Playa del Unzué – plus there are frequent breakwaters. The favourite surfing beach of Playa Grande is also the busiest. There are no such problems at Puerto offering flat-water blasting between the massive oil tankers. Launch from a small beach north of the marina; the water quality and atmosphere take some getting used to though. Punta Mogotes is full of sunbathers and beach-huts in summer, in which case head to Waikiki instead – just watch out for surfers who traditionally ride the mellow rights. Between Punta Cantera and Faro lie the seaside resorts of San Remo and Diva, which are reserved for the off-season due to overcrowding. The city’s two main spots are at the foot of the red-and-white lighthouse: Playa Horizonte is home to the city’s windsurf club and a fantastic wave venue, especially in SE (it also works in NE but with more white water) while Del Balcón is Mar del Plata’s kite spot. The wide, sandy beaches work in all wind directions and are sunnier, warmer, and much cleaner than further north in the city. There’s a good vibe at La Reserva too, where E-NE winds work very well, and at El Mirador 9, which also works in westerly winds. South of the city the coastline is composed of rocky cliffs with small beaches such as Los Acantilados. There’s more room 50km away at Miramar, the resort town is a little tired nowadays but the bays north of it are much nicer and clean waves break on the pier in S swell. The breakwater at Necochea offers even cleaner waves, while the simple up-and-coming city is set amidst wheat and sunflower fields. The gently shelving beaches of Claromeco (launch below the black-and-white lighthouse), and Monte Hermoso with its extremely wide beach mark this region’s end. Both are quiet places in a naturally beautiful setting.
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