Cariló, which means “Green Dune” came to our attention as we started looking at the beaches in the Southern Hemisphere, especially those on the South American continent. The single thing that makes Cariló special is that it is accessible to the population of Buenos Aires. Being over 200 miles away, granted – it’s not right outside the city limits – but it is worth the trip south from the big city.
If you love sand dunes, check this place out. It has one of the most fun activities involving dune buggies, quads and other ATV’s that you can rent from various locations along the beach. Dune bashing is a popular sport here.
Cariló beach is not too hard to get to. You can come along Route 11 along the coast which is recommended because of the spectacular views. You can also get transportation into Pinamar and neighboring Villa Gesell by train, plane or bus; then just a cab ride away to Cariló.
The area has a unique history. What once was natural sand dunes by the sea was turned into a project which includes the dunes, a forest and a beach area. It started back in the 1920’s when Hector Manuel Guerrero began planting trees in an area called Dos Montes. Guerrero took his project from his farm all the way to the sea, including many of the natural dunes.
Around 1935 local Indians began to call the dunes “green dunes” because of the trees and grass which covered them. Cariló is from the Mapuche Indian tribe and means “green dune.” Through the decades more trees were planted and today you can really see the result – lush forests close to the beach.
You’ll find many little hotels and lodges, plus summer homes to the rich and famous in Buenos Aires. This is a seasonal resort with high season being around holidays and summertime.
Since the area is unique (beautiful dunes, forest and sea), make your plans early and stay a week. Many of the local hotels offer weekly specials. The food is out of this world, and the beach and nearby forest is an awesome combination.
If you’re in the Buenos Aires area and can make it down to this beach in Argentina, simply plan it. You won’t be disappointed.
Location: 223 miles south of Buenos Aires on the Atlantic.
Parking: Ample parking all along the coast.
Hours: None posted.
Facilities: Only in hotels and restaurants facing the ocean.
Contact: Travel agencies. Book flights to BUE.