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Monday, October 25, 2010

Beaches of Pinamar, Argentina

The city of Pinamar, , maybe the most sophisticated on the Argentinian coastline, lies in the Province of Buenos Aires just 340 kilometers away from the City of Buenos Aires. Surrounded by pine tree groves (from which it has taken its name), it mingles the benefits of nature with the effort of the pioneers in its large forest, its sand hills and its deep blue sea.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mar del Plata, Argentina

With a population of 650,000 , this large seaside city was created for the middle class looking for refuge from the bustling cities. Mar del Plata faded in the mid 80’s, but was restored in mid 90’s and now is considered one of the trendiest coastal towns in South America. 400 km south of Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata boasts undulating hills throughout the city, a beautiful boardwalk, 47 km of beaches, and the San Marin pedestrian street so ideal for shopping and people watching. With tourism as one of its largest industries, Mar del Plata hosts many festivals, such as the National Sea Festival, numerous fashion shows featuring latest haute couture designers, and the world famous International Film Festival. Long beaches, dunes, cliffs, and ravines make this seaside city ideal for hiking, paragliding, diving, and a myriad of other sports. Ideal for families, lovers, students, and the intrepid traveler, some of the best sights to enjoy are Colon Square, the neighborhood of Los Troncos, the Harbor, Sailing Club, the crafts fair, and the sea museum. Mar del Plata is well known for its superb nightlife, which includes pubs, discos, a casino, bingo as well as theatrical plays and other types of stage performances.

Getting There:
Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral, Lapa, Lade, and Dinar airlines use Brigadier de la Colina Airport, about 40 minutes and $14 from down- town by taxi. 
Mar del Plata is a 30 minute flight from Buenos Aires
By road from Buenos Aires on route 2
By train, 5 hours from Buenos Aires

When to Go:
Though the beaches lure many visitors escaping summer heat, Mar del Plata is not just a summer resort.
You might want to plan your visit in January for the Fiesta Nacional del Mar (National Sea Festivity) and Fiesta Nacional de los Pescadores (National Fishermen Festivity) as Mar del Plata is known for both its commercial and sports fishing. Mar del Plata - Fishing Boats
Be prepared for rain all year around.

Things to Do and See:

  • Beaches! Balneario La Perla, Balneario Punta Mogotes, Playa Grande, and Playa Chica, Miramar, Mar del Sur, Centinela del Mar, Costa Bonita and Necochea. Mar del Plata Beaches
  • Mar del Plata Aquarium
  • Bird watching, horseback riding, walks and boat cruises
  • Tour San Pedro Cathedral, the National University of Mar del Plata (1961), Colón Theater, the botanical gardens and Faro Punta Mogotes
  • Visit Torreón del Monje, Laguna de los Padres and the village of Santa Clara del Mar
  • Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia and Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino
  • Enjoy the casino and the nightlife. Remember that most discos and pubs don't open until midnight or after to accommodate the late dinner hour

Friday, October 22, 2010

Acapulco Beaches, Mexico

On the Pacific Coast, 395 kilometers away from Mexico City, in the Guerrero State, is Acapulco. It's a city and port on the Santa Lucía Bay, and one of the main tourist destinations of the globe. It's divided into three zones: Traditional, Dorado and Diamante. This last one offers the greatest tourist development, with an infrastructure to the service of the most demanding tourists

Acapulco is one of the most important and famous beaches of Mexico. In the traditional Acapulco are La Caleta and La Caletilla beaches, with clear and tranquil waters to swim and dive. At Playa Caleta there's an important aquarium with a good variety of exotic fish, seals and crocodiles, among many other species, an ocean museum, an aviary, and a beach club. Two unmissable places also in Acapulco are La Roqueta Island and La Quebrada Island. La Roqueta is a paradisiac island in which everything's possible, located in front of the La Caleta and Caletilla beaches, and is accessible on a motorboat or any small boat. La Quebrada is an impressive cliff where you could, if you dare, go bungee jumping or parachute jumping, as well as admire the amazing landscape.

The impressive tourist infrastructure is formed by numerous hotels, villas, beach resorts, spas and big hotel chains.
Acapulco has a modern international airport, 26 kilometers from the center of the city, and it welcomes thousands of travellers from the main cities of the country and abroad. From the Mexico City airport, the flight lasts 35 minutes.

The natural beauty of Acapulco turns it into a tropical paradise in which spectacular is the word, day or night. It is with no doubt one of the biggest fun centers of Mexico, its got a big city pace, and besides using the beach during the day you can have all the fun the big cities offer at night. This is a magical place in which you can find relax and have fun at any time. An endless variety of bars and nightclubs will provide fun for every taste and age until dawn. The heart of Acapulco is the Costera Miguel Alemán, its main avenue.

Acapulco also has many centuries of history and culture, love and pirate stories linger: be sure to visit the San Diego Fortress, which was built in the XVIII Century to protect the city from piracy attacks.
The fun at sea is absolute. Everything can be done here, with the different kinds of water, from calm to a strong swell, offering a world of possibilities to choose and practice the sport you please: jet ski, water ski, windsurf, sailing, snorkeling or bungee jumping from 50 meters high; or if you prefer enjoy the party ambiance on the beaches.
Very near Acapulco, you can visit Pie de la Cuesta, famous for its sunsets; Puerto Marqués, a beautiful bay, or Barra Vieja, where exquisite seafood plates are served in the traditional restaurants.

Acapulco has a warm-humid weather, its days are sunny most of the year and the temperature averages 33ºC and 22°C.
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