Buenos Aires is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city with lots of cultural attractions. But when the city turns up the heat and summer is at its peak, sometimes you just want to head to the beach to soak up the sun and play on the sand!
Luckily, Buenos Aires Playa makes that wish a reality for local Argentines and foreign visitors alike who find themselves in Buenos Aires for a southern hemisphere summer.
Imagine admiring great Latin American art at a museum, strolling through the botanical garden, enjoying a play at the Cervantes Theatre and going out to dance tango and then the next day lying on the beach. Call it enjoying the best of both worlds.
Get your summertime fix at Buenos Aires Playa — Photo courtesy of Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
From January to the beginning of March each year, the Buenos Aires government rolls out Buenos Aires Playa, complete with sand and beach facilities like sunbeds and showers. Buenos Aires Playa is suitable for families, friends and couples of all ages.
You can go there to play beach volleyball and soccer; simply relax on the chairs and sunbeds or under the umbrellas; participate in the water games such as the water catapults or play chess; enjoy the events like concerts and magic shows; or even simply play in the sand.
In fact, Buenos Aires Playa creates two beaches. In northern Buenos Aires, head to the beach at Parque de los Niños in Nuñez. In the south, you will find the beach at Parque Indoamericano in Villa Soldati. Neither are in central Buenos Aires, but the beach experience is worth the trip when you are in Buenos Aires for the summer.
Both of the Buenos Aires Playa areas generally open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Monday
Entrance and all of the activities are free, but to borrow some of the items that are available at the beach – like books, board games and sports equipment – you will need to leave your passport as a security deposit until you bring whatever it is back.
Buenos Aires is a port city, and year-round locals typically enjoy strolling beside the water in places like Puerto Madero or the Ecological Reserve. However, Buenos Aires is not a traditional beach town like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. That said, neither is Paris or Tokyo, but that has not stopped those cities from creating successful “beaches” in the summer.
Buenos Aires, like other great international cities, has joined the phenomenon to the benefit of both locals and visitors.