Las Grutas

Las Grutas Beach


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Las Grutas is situated in the southeast of Río Negro province. On the coast of Golfo Azul (Blue Gulf), only 15 Km. from San Antonio Oeste, district it belongs to.

It is a summer resort of 5,000 inhabitants that reach 20,000 in summer. Its main attractions are the beautiful white sand beaches, it tempered and clear water as well as the infrastructure that allows the tourists enjoying the local casino, go dancing or practicing several sports.

Being in the very heart of San Matías Gulf , and having medium sized cliffs, this place has little or no wind at all, something incredible for Patagonia. From here you can take excursions to Sierra Grande, to discover the old iron mines, the Port of San Antonio Este, with unique beaches also, or San Antonio Oeste with its small fishing port. Also, you can practice water sports (like underwater swimming) or renting horses to make your own tour along the beaches near central Las Grutas. Each February the "Fiesta del Golfo" (Gulf Festival) takes place with several concerts, parties and the election of the Gulf Queen.

Summer time at Las Grutas Beach

One of the caves

Fishing at the beach

Las Grutas', meaning "The Caves" in Spanish, comes from the caves created by the erosion of the sea on the cliffs that separate the city from the beach. The access to the beaches is therefore restricted to the existing 12 descends or "bajadas". Their names, from north to south, are "3 de febrero", "Los acantilados", "A.C.A.", "La rueda", "Cero", "Primera", "Segunda", "Tercera", "Cuarta", "Quinta", "Sexta" y "Séptima", the last seven named from first to seventh.

The first accesses where the ones named "Primera", "Segunda", and "Tercera" (first, second and third), to which new ones were added as the town, and the number of visitors grew.

Near the "Cero" access there are pools artificially carved in the stone that change their water in every tidal cycle. When the tide is low, the water in the pools is quicly warmed by the sun. In colder days, old people and children sometimes prefer to make use of the pools instead of the sea.

Distances in Kms.

Buenos Aires

1037

Córdoba

1106

Corrientes

1872

Formosa

1976

La Plata

1072

La Rioja

1597

Mendoza

1310

Neuquén

412

Paraná

1341

Posadas

2101

Rawson

341

Resistencia

1852

Río Gallegos

1442

Salta

1954

San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca

1541

San Juan

1321

San Luis

1011

San Miguel de Tucumán

1658

San Salvador de Jujuy

1966

Santa Fe

1218

Santa Rosa

500

Santiago. del Estero

1537

Ushuaia

2044

Viedma

190

San Antonio Este (Puerto)

72

San Antonio Oeste

15

Sierra Grande

117

Playas Doradas

150

Carmen de Patagones

190

Balneario El Cóndor

220

Bahía San Blas

280