8 Best Things To Do In Villa Gesell, Argentina

things to do in Villa Gesell

One of the most attractive sea beaches in Argentina with excellent hospitality infrastructure and visitor services, Villa Gessell is a tourist’s paradise thanks to the forestation efforts of the founder Carlos Gesell, who was instrumental in changing the former sand dune area into a wooded area with tamarinds, pine trees, eucalyptus trees which surround Villa Gesell City. However the icing on the cake is still its beautiful beach and tourists are really spoiled for choice with beach activities like beach volleyball, jet skiing, windsurfing, motorboat rides and much more. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Villa Gesell!

1. La Casa De Carlos Gesell

Villa Gesell
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There is no better way to start your tour of Villa Gesell than paying a visit to the founder Carlos Gesell’s home which is open for the public to see and be inspired by! As Carlos loved trees and played such an important part in the forestation of the whole place, his house too is situated in a wooded area which is full of flora and fauna. The house is next to the sea, has 4 doors, and is made with a rich design, everything in the house has been carefully preserved, all the photographs of his personal life and public life are intact. The guide will tell you everything about this great person and you can spend a whole afternoon getting to know this far sighted man!

La Casa de Carlos Gesell

Address: Alameda 202, Villa Gesell, Argentina

Website: La Casa de Carlos Gesell

2. Explore the Museo Archivo Historico

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Established in a part of the house of Carlos Gesell, the Museo Archivo Historico was opened in December 1931, and houses the photographs, personal documents and things belonging and used by Carlos Gesell and his family. The museum is an eye opener into the life of Carlos and how he spearheaded the forestation of the sand dunes and changed the whole area.

Museo Archivo Historico

Address: Alameda 201 & Calle 303, Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: Museo Archivo Historico

3. Shop at Paseo De Los Artesanos

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Paseo De Los Artesanos is a popular hot spot for tourists in Villa Gesell. Talented artists and artisans from all parts of Villa Gesell come here and sell their handicrafts to visitors and locals who come here to see the exhibits. The Walk of the Artisans or Paeo De Los Artesanos is an ideal environment for the exhibition of handicrafts. This place is visited by massive crowds, at least a million people come here in season to see the excellence of art work on exhibition, making it an important center for handicrafts in Villa Gesell.

Paseo De Los Artesanos

Address: Av. 3 381, 7165 Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Website: Paseo De Los Artesanos

4. Balneario Afrika

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To make your holiday in Villa Gesell more memorable, the Balneiro Afrika is a vacation hostel where you can avail of their excellent Spa facilities; you can avail of the tents service and set up where you would like your tent to be pitched. You will get waiter service right at your tent, free internet and a private lifeguard. You can enjoy the water sports offered by Balneiro Afrika, like swimming, volleyball, and also soccer. They also organize dances like Salsa, Latin, Rock & Roll, activities for teens and grownups, and they provide stoves, night rides and so much more.

Balneario Afrika

Address: Paseo 124 y Playa, Villa Gesell, Argentina

Website: Balneario Afrika

5. Fishing at Gesell's Pier

Villa Gesell - Muelle
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Gesell’s Pier in Villa Gesell is an iconic fishing pier here that has stood the test of time. It is a must-see for every tourist here and is maintained by the Fishing, Hunting and Nautical Club of Villa Gesell. You will need to reach the ocean drive, 128 Street and you can also let in your nets and actually catch a few fish for yourself.

Fishing at Gesell's Pier

Website: Fishing at Gesell’s Pier

6. Go on a quad bike ride across the sand dunes

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Once you start riding on your quad bike you will wish that you never had to stop. The is because of the sheer excitement and fun that you will have while riding on the sand dunes and seeing the seaside at the same time. There are many places near the beach where you can hire these vehicles and these bikes can be enjoyed by both grown-ups and children. The tour would generally start from near Av. Buenos Aires and Alameda 212 and pass on to a street which will lead you to the coast. On the way you will pass through the wooded area of pines, cypresses and monkey puzzle trees which were all planted by the founding father Carlos Gesell himself.

Quad bike ride across the sand dunes

Website: Quad bike ride across the sand dunes

7. Totem of Villa Gesell

Totem en la entrada de Villa Gesell
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Visitors to Villa Gesell are welcomed into the city with a giant totem statue standing to the right of it. You can discover more information about it when you take a leisure walk around the area. It is a huge statue and has simple lines and cubic shapes, it also comprises of figures of the village and depicts its progress through the years. There are inscriptions on cement of the sea, woods, fishing, a man, woman and child as a family. The totem is a tribute to Carlos Gesell the great pioneer who played a major part in settling the sand dunes and developing the village - the totem is another way of appreciating him.

Totem of Villa Gesell

Website: Totem of Villa Gesell

8. Go sandboarding at Mar Azul

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Sandboarding is another interesting activity to do at Villa Gesell and the best place with the highest sand dunes is Mar Azul which has really high sand dunes ideal for sandboarding. There are some great places where you can take out the sandboarding gear on hire and start sandboarding on the san dunes.

Sandboarding at Mar Azul

Address: Mar Azul, Villa Gesell

Website: Sandboard Mar Azul

A mix of adventure and relaxation

Villa Gesell - panoramio
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Villa Gesell is an interesting place but is not so famous as a vacation spot, the beach here is virgin and there are many great beach activities for you to do here. We have listed out some of the activities available, and hope you find the list useful!

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