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San Antonio Oeste, Argentina - Visit The Ship Graveyard & Jacobacci Museum

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Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - November 2021   » View Photoset (37 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
Just 2hrs by bus west of Viedma is the fishing port city of San Antonio Oeste. A peaceful and small place where you can walk around the bay and see shipwrecks, the museum, the beach, the lake, the coast, the port and dock. Hotels, shops and restaurants are in the streets around the central Plaza Centenario.

Ship Graveyard

The ship graveyard or cemetery is a great attraction. Rusty old ships washed up in the sand. Nearby at the Heleno Arcangel Dock, large, orange, active fishing vessels are all ready for action. At least they will be when the tide comes in, in the afternoon. In the morning the coastline is dry and stoney.

Jacobacci Museum

The Jacobacci Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9:30am-1pm and 6pm-9pm in summertime (December-March). In autumn, winter and spring the museum is open from Friday to Sunday, 2pm-6pm. The Jacobacci Museum has on display many varied items and findings as well as information about the history of the area. The wooden building itself is from 1909 and the work of the railway department like a few other buildings and houses in this area of town. Outside the museum is an old train. Inside the museum is a 5 meter skeleton of a dinosaur, skulls, fossils, rocks, salt crystals, stuffed animals and models, stories and depictions of the original inhabitants, travelers and explorers of the area.

Lake & High Tide

The artificial lake is not affected by the tide so in the morning at least this body of water remains. By late afternoon however, the bay is full of water with ships out in the harbor with people at the beach and using their kayaks.

In Summary

San Antonio Oeste is a pleasant place to stop for a night on the Patagonian coast. Buses in and out are not so frequent so plan well. Like Viedma, food in the daytime is a little hard to find with restaurants not open until 8:30pm. Puerto Madryn is 3hrs 40mins south by bus from here.

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for San Antonio Oeste, Argentina:

Hotel Ozieri, San Antonio Oeste, Argentina - Large Photo
Hotel Ozieri, San Antonio Oeste, Argentina (November 2021 - 1 night) - Had a small comfortable room at Hotel Ozieri in San Antonio Oeste for $22USD. Located a couple of blocks from the main street. Breakfast is included. The room has a tv and wifi. The staff are easygoing and friendly. Nice and clean. Single bed for this price. Better than the other hotel in town called Kandava. Recommended.

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San Antonio Oeste, Argentina - Visit The Ship Graveyard & Jacobacci Museum. The fishing port city of San Antonio Oeste is a peaceful and small place where you can walk around the bay and see shipwrecks, the museum, the beach, the lake, the coast, the port and dock.