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Pinamar, Argentina – For Pine Trees and Beaches

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Pinamar is considered to be the high-brow choice for beach goers on the Atlantic coast. A five-hour, luxury bus ride away from Buenos Aires, Pinamar boasts a wide, dune-covered beach replete with balnearios (beach bars/nightclubs), a shopping center, and steak houses. Pinamar is no Punta Del Este — true there are some beautiful homes along the beach reminiscent of Cannes, Malibu or any other affluent coastal destination, but Pinamar is most of all a clean, relaxing alternative to its neighbors Mar Del Plata and Villa Gesell. It’s commercial enough to be accessible to tourists and pristine enough to offer ideal refuge from the city.

Villa Gesell Combines Chalets and ATVs

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cimg1967.jpgVilla Gesell is the most unusual beach I’ve experienced. A destination for Argen-teens, Villa Gessel might be the one beach in the world where ATVs and litter share a pine-lined shore with mountain chalets.

Mar Del Plata: Argentina’s Miami

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Mar Del Plata: Argentina’s Miami in 1926Mar Del Plata is Argentina’s biggest beach and the seventh biggest city in the country. Mar Del Plata, aka Mardel, is famous for its casino, its nightlife, and an industrial port full of sea lions. Home to Argentina’s annual film festival, the city recently renovated its impressive, classic casino – the Hotel Provencial- but retains the traditional sea lion stench of its port

Quiet Beach Town Quequen Boasts Surf and Reggae Beats

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cimg1976.jpgQuequen is home to dreadlocks, para-gliders, and Quilmes drinking Moondoggies; for reality surf and turf, Quequen is your Argentine summer destination. Located along the Atlantic coast, Quequen is a quiet beach town with a bullet – surf school. Wide beaches and consistent wind combines for an ideal place to study surfing. Leave your pocket protector and glasses at home, Marvin, this class requires no textbook and assigns no homework – you hardly even have to know how to swim since shallow waters extend out to the deep-breaking waves.

The Best Place to Learn Windsurfing in Argentina

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Kayaks on the beach at Puerto MadrynIf you are going to learn to windsurf, you may as well learn from the best, and the best in Argentina resides in Puerto Madryn.

Once upon a time there was a Puerto Madryn native who traveled the world windsurfing. He represented Argentina in professional competitions all around the world. Eventually his professional career ended, but his passion for the sport would not fade away. So he decided to open an outdoor adventure shop along the beaches of Puerto Madryn where he could share his knowledge and skills with others.