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Staying Cool Without Going Broke: A Pool Guide For The Rest Of Us

By | [email protected] | January 21, 2016 5:57pm


As much as we all love Buenos Aires, at some point we have to come to grips with the tragic fact that this delightful coastal(ish) city doesn’t have a goddamn beach. This, as we know, becomes very problematic when summer hits , sending us running around the urban jungle for every last drop of water and air conditioning we can find.

Invisible though they may be, the city is packed with pools – and we don’t mean the square meter one on that cheto friend’s rooftop, which let’s be real, you only get to jump in once in a blue moon.

For those of us finding ourselves hot and fresh out of a trust fund, The Bubble has put together a list to help you stay cool without breaking the banco. Whether you fancy roller-blading in between dips, or even better… a choripán, or you’re in the neighborhood for a few water slides to distract the kids, need parking, or want to catch some fish for lunch, we have the list for you.

If it’s pool parties you’re looking for, we suggest you keep an eye out for Facebook events because they tend to be more “heard it through the grapevine” parties rather than big public announcements. Joining this group is a solid place to start.

Nearby Watering Holes:

The “If You Splash Me One More Time..!” Pileta — Parque Norte 

This family favorite boasts three pools, each over 4,500 square meters, water slides, recreational water activities and AquaPlay coordinators. The pools are surrounded by 16 tennis courts, ten football fields, four paddle courts and a gym.

Wear sunscreen. You will burn. (This applies to all the other pools in our list… And just every sunny day in general, really.)

If you can avoid it on weekends it’s probably best unless you want to drown in a human soup with the cries of babies being the last thing you hear. Great during the week though.

The pools are accessible from 9AM to 8PM every day but the slides are only open from 1PM to 7PM on weekends. AR$120 on weekdays; AR$140 on Saturdays and bank holidays; AR$165 on Sundays.

  • Parking: AR$40
  • Parasol: AR$45
  • Sun chair: AR$35

Avenida Cantilo and Güiraldes, Núñez

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Parque Norte in action on a hot day. (Photo via

The Splurge Pileta — Parque Ribera Sur

Salt water y’all!

There are picnic tables, parillas, football pitches, bike paths, playgrounds, a merry-go-round and more. The area is surrounded by wildlife which is a bonus: eucalyptus, pine trees, lots of birds, etc.

If you’re feeling salty pools and an out-of-the-city vibe at Parque Ribera Sur, then we suggest you read their sort of “code of conduct” first.

The park is open from 8AM to 8PM and the pools are accessible until from 9AM to 7PM. You cannot get in past 4.30PM, however. Pool and park access on weekends and bank holidays cost AR$140 (AR$70 for children 6 — 11) and on weekdays AR$120 (AR$60 for children 6 — 11)

Avenida General Paz and Avenida Roca, Lugano

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The “Boliche Madness” Pileta— Punta Carrasco

You probably associate Punta Carrasco with expensive glasses of fernet, a loud base (Paul Kalkbrenner nostalgia *sigh*) and very high people. And I don’t mean 6ft2 kinda high. But, besides the PM, Punta Carrasco is also used during the day, for its three pools!

If there isn’t any music going on then please don’t hold me accountable for leading you in the wrong direction with our pileta nickname. Bring your speakers just in case.

Open daily. AR$15 on weekdays; AR$22 on Saturdays and AR$25 on Sundays and bank holidays. 50% off from Monday to Friday from 5PM.

This could be you... chilling, with (finger crossed) djs playing in the background (Photo via

This could be you… chilling, with (finger crossed) djs playing in the background (Photo via


The Pileta Popular — Parque Manuel Belgrano

And we mean that in the Spanish sense of the word. As well as the 8 tennis courts, the 2 volley balls, a football pitch, this park is also popular among wheel-lovers for its cycling and roller-blade paths.

Open daily. AR$10; AR$5 for children from 6 — 12; free for seniors. Though we’re skeptical on that price too. 

Avenida Costanera Norte and Salguero, Palermo

The Almost-Disneyland Sporty Pileta — Parque Presidente Sarmiento 

3 huge pools, 12 tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, 4 five-a-side pitches, 11 football-pitches (or soccer for you yanquis out there), cycle paths, kids games, running and rollerblading tracks, kioskos, restaurant, picnic tables and *take a breath*… parillas, of course.

And a cinema.

Just kidding, no cinema but if you don’t manage to distract yourself with anything listed above then there is cause for concern.

Open daily from 8AM to 8PM. Free from Monday to Friday and AR$5 on weekends (free for children under 12 years old.)

Avenida Balbín 4750, Saavedra

The Overachievers’ Pileta — Pileta Parque Roca

3 pools, 31 football fields, 4 volleyball courts, 2 basketball courts, 2 baseball courts, 2 softball courts, an athletics track, a cycling track, archery, kids playgrounds, parillas and more. It’s no surprise that it will be hosting the tennis tournament during the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.

Free entry but the pools only become accessible to the public as of February because January is reserved for a summer camp.

Avenida Roca 3490, Soldati

Get Out Of Town:

The “Disneyland For Real This Time” Pileta — Open Land Park (San Justo)

We couldn’t not put this one in. This place is a full on territory of fun for families as much as it for adults and groups of friends. There are four pools, slides, kids games (including football tournaments), parillas, music shows, and more.

  • Open daily.
  • Adults: AR$210 from Monday to Saturday; AR$270 on Sundays and bank holidays.
  • Kids (6-12): AR$160 from Monday to Saturday; AR$210 on Sundays and bank holidays.
  • You can get 25% off if you purchase tickets online beforehand.
  • To get there from Buenos Aires by bus, you can get on the 55, 88, 96 y 113.

Avenida Rincón and Avenida Villegas, San Justo


Náutico ACA Delta (Tigre)

Bungalows, parillas, tables, benches, boats, fishing areas, playgrounds for the kids (or the adults too, I guess), sports fields and a pool with sunbeds and parasols for the mums. The pool is accessible to the public until March 31st.

The family fee is of AR$70 and if you want to spend the night in Tigre their bungalows cost the following:

  • 2 people, AR$ 620
  • 4 people, AR$ 1,050
  • 6 people, AR$ 1,560

Luján river and Benavídez canal, Delta de Tigre

The Have Your Fishcake And Eat It Too Pileta — Pileta Pejerrey Club (Quilmes)

We kept the best till last. Sure, it’s not in the heart of the city (nor are the others to be fair) but the trek to Quilmes is worth the pleasant waterfront surprise on arrival. This pool will have you feeling practically chic without burning a hole through your pocket as you emerge out of the pool like a mermaid only to admire the open view onto the River Plate.

Three acres of trees surround the two saltwater pools, picnic tables with benches and chairs, parillas, games for children, sports center, sun beds, kiosko, restaurant and more… (fishing!)

Access to the pool cost AR$ 125 per day; under 12 years olds, AR$ 85 per day; parking, AR$ 35; fishing access, AR$ 90.

Avenida Cervantes, Quilmes

Photo via flickr

Photo via flickr