An October 2005 trip
to Costa del Este by Robert Raymond Ingledew
Quote: When I read about this seaside real-estate development fifty years ago, I thought that "the forest of one million pine trees" was an exaggerated statement, until I visited it last year. It is a beautiful high-class resort North of Pinamar and San Bernardo. It is an ideal place for relaxing.
It is a tiny place, that maybe has 400 inhabitants, in an area that would not call your attention if you did not know it is there. The road to the village is a sandy earth road, but the forest is impressive and residences are beautiful. Those pine trees must have been planted easily fifty years ago, and the whole area is enjoyable. There are over half a dozen of nice apart hotels (they are not cheap). Now there is a small eight-shop mall, and that is about the only shopping alternative you have here. The nearby village of Mar del Tuyu has some more options, but it is a lower middle class village. Towards the south, La Lucila del Mar and San Bernardo are very nice residential villages, but they are further away. I should point out that Costa del Este is only some four or five miles away from San Clemente del Tuyu, where Mundo Marino is, (the only "SeaWorld" in Argentina, a beautiful place for visiting and enjoying), and the only village in all the Atlantic Coast of Argentina that has thermal baths. If you want to be away from everything, it may be a good alternative.
Personally, if you are looking for quiet villages, I prefer Cariló or Mar de las Pampas in this part of the coast, and Pehuen-Có further south. There are eight apart-hotels in Costa del Este, all thought for upper middle-class people: Seaside Forest Inn phone (54-2246) 434 311 / 173), La Torre (apartments for 4 to 6 persons), La Pausa (for 6 persons), Del Pinar (not specified), Mare Paradiso (2 to 8 persons), Angeles del Este (4 to 6 persons), Punta Verde (very nice) Phone (54-2246) 434604, Mecohue, and Colores del Este. You will enjoy a walk through the woods, but I must remind you that it is a small place, maybe ten blocks by ten. No buses enter this village, but they do go to the nearby village of Mar del Tuyu, about a mile and a half away. I have not seen any taxi service in this village, but you can always request them by phone to Mar del Tuyu from the hotel (it is a local phone call). Taxi rates in the area are reasonable. There is a fishing pier in the area: Fishing should be good. Nearby La Lucila del Mar fishing pier has good fishing.
Since accomodations are limited, it might be wise to go before the end of December, or in March, out of the high season. I have been unable to find most phone numbers for the hotels. I will continue checking and will post them if I can find them. If you do not find hotel accommodations here, Santa Teresita is a nice middle-class resort where you will find many 1, 2 and 3 star hotels. It has a very nice beach. If you stay either at Costa del Este or Santa Teresita (I would not stay at Mar del Tuyú), you certainly must visit Mundo Marino. You will need at least 6 hours at this "SeaWorld" to really enjoy all it has to offer.
Bahía Aventura is another interesting alternative at San Clemente, only 4 miles away. And if you have health problems, try the thermal waters at San Clemente del Tuyú.
Robert Raymond Ingledew
Villa Carlos Paz (Cordoba), Argentina