Uruguay has been an undiscovered destination for so long, a mystery to most Americans and Europeans at least. For years, Argentines have been traveling there en masse, hopping the river for weekends in Colonia and Carmelo, and then spending long summer vacations in During this time travel to Punta del Este and its Atlantic coastline.
Depending on your taste – and partly depending on the size of your wallet – the Uruguayan coast has something for everyone. On the cobblestone streets of Colonia del Sacramento, you’ll find history on every corner! ; in Carmelo, the tranquility of the river and boutique vineyards. Further up the coast, Punta del Este offers a nightlife to rival Ibiza’s comparable to the Hamptons, while Jose Ignacio has fine restaurants comparable to the Hamptons. There’s also the coastline of Roca, which has wild and beautiful beaches.
As you’ll see below, we’ve done our best to pick out beach towns with different atmospheres and terrains. But they all have two things in common: plenty of charm and jaw-dropping sunsets.
From charming Colonia, 77 km along the coast, sleepy Camelot intersection. Dating back to the early 19th century, Camelot’s cobbled streets are lined with single-storey houses and a busy harbour. It is shared by sailing and fishing boats.
Carmelo is also located in the heart of Uruguay’s little-known wine country. Uruguay specializes in Tannat, a punchy, deep red wine that pairs perfectly with its grass-fed beef. Among the many wineries that receive visitors by appointment, Uruguay’s oldest winery, Cerros de San Juan (San Juan Winery), is one of the oldest. San Juan is probably the best. It was founded in 1854 and still stocks wine in a century-old stone warehouse.
If you want to relax, just south of the river is Arroyo de las Vacas, which has Playa Seré, a quiet, child-friendly beach backed by trees, where you’ll find a campsite and public Barbecue.
Where to stay.
Situated in the pine forest on the outskirts of Camelot is the huge Four Seasons Camelot Resort, an expansive complex with 44 rooms. An expansive complex with 44 zen-like bungalows, a huge pool, spa facilities, and even its own golf course. It’s an expansive complex with 44 zen-like bungalows, a huge pool, spa facilities, and even its own Golf Course. It is the closest thing to Mar-a-Lago on the Rio de la Plata. For something a little less glamorous, head to the Casino Carmelo Hotel in the center of town. It’s a lovely, clean hotel with its own pool and direct access to Playa Seré.
Colonia del Sacramento
It is only two hours from Montevideo and one hour by boat from Buenos Aires to cross the Río de la Plata, where the The most beautiful destination in the region… Colonia del Sacramento… this little former Portuguese The colony has a long history (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996) of spending time by the river The perfect place for a few days of relaxation. Surrounded on three sides by water, the ancient barrio is characterized by cobbled streets lined with sycamore trees and brightly painted colonial houses.
Like many other ports in the region, Colonia’s history is filled with stories of battles and heroism that eventually won independence! . Colonia has embraced its fascinating past, opening many museums, and with a travel pass, it’s easy (and cheap) to visit eight different cultural attractions.
Although Colonia isn’t known for its beaches, it has a wonderful coastline. Ending at the former bullring and Sheraton Hotel, you can take lovely walks along the local beaches flanked by palm trees and holiday homes.
Where to stay
Probably the best hotel in the old part of town is Posada Plaza Mayor, located in a historic building! Inside, there are beautifully decorated rooms, a lovely patio and a small garden, close to the river. The Sheraton Colonia Golf and Spa Resort is located away from the city center and is surrounded by trees and golf courses. The rooms are spacious and many offer spectacular views. Hotel amenities also include its own winery, multiple swimming pools, a spa and the famous Cava Real restaurant.
Punta del Este
Punta del Este is a favorite beach resort for the rich, famous and beautiful of South America. , it’s cocky, carefree, and always full of fun. Many a model’s career has been launched here (and some rich businessmen’s careers ruined). Often labeled as St. Tropez in South America, it has the prices and arrogance to match, but away from the bars and clubs of the The scene is also home to many approachable restaurants and some lovely beaches.
Despite its rather frivolous reputation, Punta del Este has an interesting history. It’s where Che Guevara excoriated American and regional leaders after Pig Day, and it’s also where the World Trade Organization was founded in 1994 in Punta established. But it is always at its most exciting during the summer months (December-February) when hordes of Argentines, Brazilians and North Americans come en masse to the Here, look for fun, revelry and the perfect selfie at sunset.
Where to stay
The best hotel in Punta also happens to be its biggest attraction. Located 10 miles west of the main peninsula, the Casa Pueblo is a hotel that doubles as an art museum. This eccentric hotel is a surrealist’s dream, with white spires and an 80-room maze spread across 13 floors. Known for its celebrity parties and bikini fashion shows, the Conrad is also the most iconic hotel in Punta. It’s a huge complex with a gym, beauty center, numerous conference rooms, casino and overlooking La Mansa Beach! The glass-walled restaurant.
Once a pirate hideout, Jose Ignacio is now a thatch-roofed Single-storey buildings make up the small fishing village, rubbing shoulders with luxury apartments equipped with an infinity pool facing the sea. With its glorious white sand, beach-chic atmosphere and award-winning restaurants, it is frequented by international movie stars and the rich and famous! , so this is a must-visit. At last count, the Porsches outnumbered the fleet by about ten to one – those who showed up in a classic car could be Just miserable.
There really is something for everyone, from lounging in lounge chairs reading books and drinking poolside cocktails to horseback riding, biking and surfing. Should have it all.
Located in the dunes of José Ignacio, La Huella is Uruguay’s most famous restaurant (named in 2017 as the (the best restaurant in Uruguay) and the center point of the resort. This dreamy restaurant – resembling a glorified beach hut – is the home of the rich, the beautiful, and even the occasional Hollywood Star Magnet.
Where to Live.
Posada del Faro is basically an extension of a family home, so it now includes 15 rooms. It’s rustic and stylish, with soft wooden floors, white-washed walls and large awnings arranged around sunbathing areas. There is no formal restaurant, but they serve a hearty all-day breakfast.Playa Vik is located in front of the beach. Features include a fire pit, impressive art displays and a grass-roofed villa designed by lead designer Carlos Ott. The impressive swimming pool juts out over the ocean and is a very pretty picture.
This unique fishing village juts into the Atlantic Ocean, making it unforgettable and almost impossible to reach, and it is often considered a favorite of tourists! Destination Uruguay.
It’s a bit odd in itself, to begin with, as the only way to get in and out of the resort is to hop in a taxi that goes between the main road and Cabo. Also, being part of a nature reserve, there’s no running water, no electricity, and no boundaries between properties.
But don’t give up on the lack of amenities; instead, embrace them. No electricity means no noise, except for the odd laugh, the soft hum of a household generator and a whistling sea breeze.
Cooking usually meant roasting a chicken over a fire or in a gas oven. Showering usually meant a bucket of water pulled up from a well or a quick dip in the sea. In fact, nature reigns supreme here: ponies and frogs roam the dunes while sea lions sunbathe on the rocks.
Cabo is truly a one-of-a-kind place.
Where to stay
Accommodation options are limited to renting refurbished fishing cottages, quirky hotels and a pair of small hotels by the beach. Posada. Mariemar is one of the few accommodation options with running water and electricity. Although the rooms are a little small, they all have spectacular sea views. A little further from the centre of Cabo Polonio, Posada de los Corvinos’ Featuring three double rooms and a large room with six bunk beds. On cold nights there is a log fire, while the garden is lined with hammocks. The energy comes from the sun and the vegetables come directly from their organic garden.
Those looking for glamour should head to Punta del Este, while those looking for sea, sun, and more should head to Punta del Este! For those who are with nature, there is nothing like La Paloma. From Jose Ignacio, 80 km along the coast, La Paloma Long since ceased to be a mere “fishing town” and has become one of Rocha’s main holiday destinations.
In the summer, it attracts an eclectic crowd, mostly young people, from surfers to families, whose Children are free to wander the streets without any worries. Today, La Paloma has plenty to do in and around the port, but the real star attraction is the beach.La Aguada to the east and La Balconada to the west are the most popular beach, the latter being the place where people flock to watch the sunset. There is also a nearby family-oriented beach known as “El Plato” (The Plate), while three kilometres away, Playa Anaconda, on the other hand, is a popular destination for surfers.
Where to stay
Hotel Portobello has a sea view of Playa Anaconda, services Friendly, wonderful atmosphere, but like many of these hotels in this area, the facilities are a bit basic. No air conditioning, no mini bar and the rooms are small. You couldn’t get a more confusing name for a hotel in La Paloma, but the recently redecorated Mallorca Palma’s Everything else is straightforward, from the wonderful homely service to the 20m walk to the beach.Some of the 33 rooms can accommodate up to 6. People.
La Pedrera is just 7 km from La Paloma and is one of the few in this part of Uruguay to be labeled ” One of the ‘Bohemian Chic’ labeled seaside resorts.
The main activity here is surfing, or just lounging on the beach all day before enjoying a traditional barbecue.
It’s a simple town with a few rundown bars and restaurants serving freshly grilled seafood. But in the summer months, the streets are packed with couch-haired teenagers and traveling artisans selling homemade arts and crafts.
La Pedrera’s main beaches are the family-oriented Desplayado, Punta Rubia and Playa del Barco – Surfers’ preferred beaches that take their name from the last century! A large Chinese ship (Cathay 8) that ran aground in the 1970s, it still sits in the middle of the beach today.
If you happen to be here in midsummer, at the beginning of January, the La Pedrera Short Film Festival takes place, with a number of international The filmmakers will be involved.
Where to Stay.
Close to the beach and center, the rather upscale Terrazas de la Pedrera has its own restaurant and Pool. Most of the rooms have wonderful sea views and, on rainy days, there is even a pool table. The traditional old hotel La Pedrera has indoor and outdoor pools and a tennis court among many other amenities. The hotel was built in 1941 and a recent refurbishment has given the rooms a new lease of life. Standard rooms have their own terrace overlooking the garden, while Superior rooms have sea views.