Playa El Doradillo, Puerto Madryn

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Catch a glimpse of majestic southern right whales in the wild at Playa El Doradillo. Due to its particular geography, the otherwise unspectacular beach represents one of the few places in South America where you can regularly see these huge whales from land. In fact, the creatures often come within a few meters of the shore, presenting an excellent opportunity to take some memorable photographs. You'll need a bit of luck, though--if conditions aren't right, the whales might not make an appearance. Take a look at our Puerto Madryn online travel route planner to schedule your visit to Playa El Doradillo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful experience, close to the city, in season the specimens are very close. The experience and safety pin is beautiful. You can hire a remis up there.
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  • Watching dozens of whales within walking distance and the beach is something rare. In Doradillo beach we could do that in a natural environment of great beauty, accompanied by a sunny climate that enhanced the experience. Absolutely recommended!
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  • A series of more or less accessible beaches. A beautiful place if you have a few extra days in Puerto Madryn.
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  • Do not miss. The whales are here, 20 m from you, with their young. An amazing place where you really take the time to stop. Unforgettable!
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  • Also look for Playa La Cantera five miles ahead to spot whales, there they stay near the strip of sand, incredible experience. The Doradillo has some entries (bajadas) where you can see the whales from above or more distance. Mid-September with calm seas and rising tide there were several, with and without offspring.
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  • The beach is beautiful. I had no luck seeing whales closely. Instead they opened the car and we robbed. The next day in Gaiman, we met a couple who had a similar experience. The Government of Chubut should put more controls as there is much loose opportunist. In any case do not leave anything of value in your car.
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  • A beautiful place, I hope people care more and will take your trash!
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  • Beach perfect for whale watching from the shore, obviously in season. Excellent place for fishing or simply spend a day at the beach.
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The vast majority of accommodations in Puerto Madryn hug the curved coast. Budget hostels represent the most popular option in the city, as budget travelers discover Puerto Madryn's potential for onward travel to Peninsula Valdes. Reserve your place in advance if visiting during whale-watching season, between June and December.
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