I've been to Buenos Aires once before - about five years ago. So, I've been reading the forum and it seems like street crime may have increased in the past few years (otherwise I was just blissfully ignorant five years ago). I hope my question about safety doesn't offend anybody as I know that BsAs is generally pretty good.
I'm hopeful the weather will have warmed up nicely by the time I visit in late November and I'll be wearing cargo shorts, tee shirts and sneakers.
Living in New York City I like to think I know a thing or two about "street smarts."
The watch I'll be wearing is clearly worth less than $100. USD. I don't wear any jewelry at all. My wallet is in my front pocket and I'll typically have one or two credit cards in my pocket (with a back-up buried in my bag back at the hotel). I carry very little cash and I use credit cards for almost everything. From that perspective I don't think I have anything to worry about however I have a Blackberry addiction.
I can't manage without my Blackberry in my hand. I love to follow along with google maps on the screen. Are Blackberries a popular item for thieves or is it primarily excellent watches and jewelry (neither of which I own)?
I haven't decided on a hotel yet (it'll be one of the major int'l chain hotels where I can earn and redeem points) however I expect nice dinners will be a core part of my trip. I'm hoping to eat out every evening and typically I walk home from restaurants (two guys in our 30's) after a bottle of wine with dinner. Are there any areas near the major hotels to avoid? I prefer to walk however I will consider a taxi if that is the advice.
Thanks very much for the contributions to the forum. All the advice is very much appreciated. I'm very excited to start researching restaurants and potential day trips from BsAs to places like Mar del Plata and others I don't yet know about.