Talking about beaches, we have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad one first: Buenos Aires does not have beaches. Yup, you heard it, as misleading as it appears on the map sitting right next to the water, which is our Rio de la Plata, this city does not have beautiful beaches unfortunately. However, the good news is that there are many nice ones close by, where the closest one is just a few hours away (See map below, click to enlarge). These beach destinations are also where you can find many porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) vacationing and escaping the heat of the city during January and February, our summer months.
Of course not everyone get the time to go to the nearby beaches, our city government also thought about that and here is another good news. 2 man-made sand beaches will be open to the public from January 9 to March 1, 2015 at Parque de los Niños in the north end of the city and Parque Roca in the south end. This idea of ´beach in the city´ is actually inspired by Le Paris Plage along el Seine in Paris. Even though you won´t get to go into the water, these beaches will have a nice Rio de la plata view and also well-equipped with beach chairs, beach umbrellas, cabana beds, wifi zone, showers to cool off, football/beach volleyball courts, reading lounge, wave pool etc. Futhermore, there will also be aerobic classes, dance classes, live music shows etc. on selected days. Everything is free access. Opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8pm. Check out their facebook page to keep updated.
As part of Buenos Aires playas 2015, a few of the city`s parks and plazas will also be equipped with sunshades and beach chairs, turning into an urban outdoor solarium. Opening hours are Friday – Sunday 10am – 8pm. Free access, first come first serve. You can find them at:
Palermo – Av. Figueroa Alcorta y La Pampa, Palermo
Parque Las Heras – Av. Las Heras y Av. Coronel Díaz, Palermo
Rosedal – Av. Sarmiento y Av. Figueroa Alcorta, Palermo
Plaza de las Naciones Unidas – Av. Figueroa Alcorta y Juan A. Biblioni, Recoleta
Plaza Rubén Darío – Av. del Libertador y Austria, Recoleta
Plaza Almagro – Perón y Salguero, Almagro
Plaza Boedo – Sánchez de Loria y Carlos Calvo, Boedo
Plaza Giordano Bruno – Giordano Bruno y Neuquén, Caballito
Parque Rivadavia – Ingreso por Rosario y Viel, Caballito
Plaza Roque Sáenz Peña – Av. Juan B. Justo y Boyacá, Villa Mitre
Don´t forget the sunscreen, the sun is very strong here!