An October 2003 trip
to Pinamar by Robert Raymond Ingledew
Quote: Forty years ago Pinamar was already a beautiful spot, with an incredible forest, where the trees hardly let you see the beautiful houses in the woods. The whole town was planned by an architecture studio, subdivided in areas, with a beautiful golf course.
You will hardly find budget hotels in Pinamar; there are some, but they cost at least double the price of a similar hotel in Mar del Plata.
Restaurantes are generally expensive, though last year I found one on the Avenida Bunge, a block away from the beach, had a moderately priced executive menu for some five or six dollars. If you are running out of money, you can always eat a hamburger at a "kiosco" (small candy store) for about one Dollar. Sorry, but you will not find a single McDonalds or any fast-food place at these expensive seaside resorts (Costa del Este, San Bernardo, Pinamar, Cariló, or Mar de las Pampas), that have one common feature: forests with thousands, or even millions, of pine trees and eucalyptus.
A very nice place to stay is the apart-hotel Puerto Bunge, from where you have a beautiful view of the forest. Days Inn also has an apart-hotel here (Ocean Days Inn), and there are a few four star hotels in the whole town. I just checked an hotel guide, and Pinamar appears to have twenty six apart-hotels, including the Days Inn Ocean, four 4-star hotels, of which the hotel Del Bosque is really beautiful (I have only seen it from the outside, but it seems a very nice place to relax). There are only nine one-star hotels... so their high prices for what they offer is easily understandable, with so little competition. Even the downtown is in the midst of the forest...
Pinamar has horse racing tracks, golf course, fishing tours and many other alternatives for the tourist. It also has a very nice shopping center. However, if you are looking for bargains, you might want to visit Mar del Plata (a two and a half hour bus ride) where prices are far lower, and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Mar del Plata by the seaside. The casino of Pinamar is some 5 miles away from the downtown.
There are local buses from Pinamar to Carilo and Villa Gesell (Montemar), and suburban buses to Mar del Plata (El Rápido, a two and a half hour trip) about every hour.
Robert Raymond Ingledew
Villa Carlos Paz (Cordoba), Argentina