It had been so long since we'd been to the beach, so we were up early on Sunday and on the sand. Our friend had told us about a restaurant near Carilo (see review "Hemingway") and our plan was to walk to it for lunch.
I'm usually not much for sunscreen, but I applied it generously, knowing that my pale skin isn't made for an entire day in the sun right after the winter in Buenos Aires. I skipped my legs when I left, but we made a pit stop and I got them covered, too. Of course, I missed a couple of small spots and now have some weirdly shaped red marks, but they are small and turning brown quickly.
My boyfriend didn't use sunscreen, as he has much darker skin than I do and doesn't usually use it, but he paid the price: the tops of his feet got scorched. His legs also burned a bit, but they were brown by the next afternoon.
Don't forget your hat and sunglasses! It was a breezy day, so it didn't feel as hot and it tricked you into thinking the sun wasn't all that strong. But it was.
The sand is beautiful and clean -- aside from cautious steps over big areas of crushed seashells, I wasn't worried about stepping on anything weird or painful. There were quite a few people out already, sunning and surfing or playing with their dogs or kids. There were a lot of people in the water, but I wasn't one of them -- that water is cold!
The walk to the restaurant seemed short, but walking back the same distance got a little long -- just too much heat and not enough water to drink.
On our way back to our hotel that afternoon, we saw a few vendors selling the usual jewelry and sea trinkets -- and others selling corn on the cob! Not the first thing I think of when I think of beach food, but there were quite a few people enjoying it -- and more than one corn vendor.
Pinamar is fantastic for a beach weekend. However, a lot of people in Argentina know that, so beware during the high season, especially on three day weekends! We were lucky -- we went the weekend after a three-day weekend, and it was fairly quiet. That's always nicer than when it gets so crowded on the sand, or when you have to compete for your hotel room, so choose your dates carefully. Check Argentina's holiday calendar and avoid warm three-day weekends.