There are several surfing and body boarding schools in Waikiki, Tamarindo, Sunrides, Puerto Cardiel and Playa Grande. The most recommended surfing points are: In La Perla Beach, Playa Alicante, of easy access with small waves for surfing and body boarding beginners. Playas del Norte: the most popular one is “Sunriders”. Playa Varese: not always recommended; check first as seas can be rough.
Playa Grande: This is the place where tournaments and events take place in summer. Between Punta Cantera and the light house: Waikiki, Horizonte del Sol, Mariano and San Remo. Playas del Sur & the escarpments (“acantilados”) on Route 11: this area has very good waves; the traditional one being Playa La Paloma and Tamarindo where tournaments and events are held too.
There are about ten diving points, all of them quite far away from the coast line. Normally, visibility is good but the temperature of the water depends on the time of year. From October to December between 12° to 18° Centigrade, from December to April between 18° to 23°idem, and from May to September 8° to 16°.
The water is warmer from October to May and for this reason there can be found more fauna to observe. The most common fauna observable are: salmons, lemon fish, anchovies, crabs, star fish, anemones, sea breams, sea basses, “turcos”, “chuchos” and others.
Recommended Diving Points: “Banco de Afuera”, with sand floor, has a depth of 17 to 20 metres and where the richest fauna of Mar del Plata can be found. “Banco de Pescadores” sand floor and a depth of 7 to 12 metres with fauna not nearly as rich as the one mentioned first. “La Restinga” with a rock wavy bottom and a depth of between 4 to 12 metres.
“Banco del Medio” with a sandy bottom and a depth of 20 to 28 meters. “Banco Pozo del Tio”, with a sand bottom and a depth of 24 to 36 meters and, “Banco Patria” with a sand bottom and a depth of 24 to 42 meters.
Mar del Plata’s links offer golf lovers the possibility of playing by the sea in a broken hilly landscape or, at the heart of an old grove dying everything with a lovely green color. This sport was first played here in 1890 by the high executives of the British Railways on the dunes of Playa Grande. It is since then that our city cultivates a passion for golf; today, there are four golf clubs and five international level links recognized by the Argentine Golf Association.
They are in good condition all year round and available for players with or without handicap. At some of them it is possible to hire or buy equipment and accessories as they count with specialized stores. Mar del Plata offers the chance to play in several different settings which makes the challenge very attractive even for the most demanding of players.
There is also another club with Scottish style in the neighbouring Miramar City, 40kms away on Route 11 to the South.
Mar del Plata Golf Club: Located in 3940, Aristobulo del Valle Street – 7600 – Mar del Plata.
This old links made in British style has different levels; it is short and wavy, with a sand base and narrow fairways. Number of holes: eighteen.
Sierra de los Padres Golf Club: The links are located at the foot of the hills, has eighteen holes with a run of 5,915 metres with a par of 74 for ladies and 71 for gentlemen. At least three tournaments are played here every week for players with National handicap.
Club Mar del Plata Golf Los Acantilados: It has 97 hectares and eighteen holes and organizes open tournaments every winter weekend and every day during the summer season. Weekdays are open and weekends giving priority to members.
Marayui Country Club: It is located only 20 minutes from the city of Mar del Plata with nine holes, 18 starting points, 18 flags and 12 greens and, a capacity for 60 players.