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THE SURF SPOT: Mar del Plata Wide swaths of sandy beach are punctuated by manmade, stacked jetties, Mar Del Plata’s marina, and giant slabs of slick, rocky bluffs. Echoed underwater, the changing landscape makes both sand- and rockbottomed breaks like Playa Grande, Bahia Faro, and Cabo Corrientes. There’s even a Playa Waikiki, named courtesy of its likeness to the original in Hawaii. Interestingly, swells here are generated purely by winds off the Atlantic coast. The handful or so of local surf spots are highly exposed (versus being located in narrow bays or coves), meaning wind direction and size can greatly change the waves—say, from mushy whitewash to hollow barrels. Headquartered in the sand, Kikiwai Surf Club offers lessons and surf academies. Along with a smattering of local boardbuilding companies like Xtorsion and Birdband, the club has helped grow the surf scene, which now hosts several contests including a longboard classic. Reserve the Presidential Suite at Hotel Costa Galana ( From the 15th-floor corner suite, check the swell from the private balcony and enjoy breakfast overlooking Playa Grande. Floorto-ceiling sliding glass doors allow ocean breezes to waft through the kitchen, living space, and bedroom. Loosen up with a private yoga Nidra class or relax in the spa hammam. WHERE TO LAND: Buenos Aires With its broad boulevards, chic fashion scene, and diverse, albeit trendy neighborhoods, this capital city is known as “the Paris of South America.” Artisans from the country’s different provinces sell their wares (blankets, rugs, pottery, and more) at Facon, an old house in the Palermo Viejo neighborhood. Allot plenty of time to explore Aux Charpentiers, an oldfashioned store that’s been reworking the traditional clothes of Argentine farmworkers into ready-to-wear garments since 1888. Floreria Atlántico, No. 14 on the 2018 World’s 50 Best Bars list, is hidden beneath a modest flower shop. Order the house specialty gin and tonic but beware: the amount of both gins and tonics, including house-made blends, is voluminous. It’s no coincidence that Argentine Patricia O’Shea and her husband, British record producer Tom Rixton, named their 20-room hotel Home (homebuenosaires .com). Nothing about this boldly designed space feels impersonal. Book one of the duo of suites: Garden includes a small plunge pool and rooftop terrace; Poolside has its own wood-burning outdoor fireplace. In an effort to personalize service, Home publishes its own curated, biannual city guide with places, spaces, and personal tips. w

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Courtesy Images, Counter-Clockwise from Top Left: Turismo Mar del Plata (3); Hotel Costa Galana; Home Hotel/Gustavo Sosa Pinilla; Aux Charpentiers


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