Pinamar is an Argentine
coastal resort town located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Province
of Buenos Aires . It has about 20,000 inhabitants according to the 2001 census.
Located less than 400 km (249 mi)south of Buenos Aires, it is one of several
small seaside communities that line the coast.
Since Pinamar's main attraction is the ocean, it is a fairly quiet town
during the winter months. Tourism is what fuels the economy during the
Two facts set Pinamar apart from most of the other Atlantic Ocean beach
cities, it is a planned city with a very strict building code, and it has
been artificially turned from wild sand dunes into a forest (mostly of pine
trees, which explains the "pina" in the name).
City planning, as defined by founding architect Jorge Bunge and maintained
by elected authorities ever since, translates into a city mostly made up of
residential houses with open gardens; that, together with the pine forest,
combine to make the city a very nice setting. That explains why it has been
chosen as the summer resort for many well-to-do Argentinians, in particular
those living in Buenos Aires.
Pine planting was originally started in nearby Villa Gesell and copied in
Pinamar, although the city plan for Villa Gesell was not as carefully laid
out or kept through the years.