uruguay atlantic coast

Boasting everything from luxury beachside resorts to endless stretches of untouched coastline, the Atlantic beaches of Uruguay are South America’s best-kept secret.

With the more famous beaches of Brazil taking away a lot of the limelight, Uruguay’s stunning Atlantic coastline has somehow managed to stay off the radar. Known as the St Tropez of South America, Punta del Este has some of the country’s best beaches, with flashy casinos and nightclubs keeping the party going through the night. To the north lies the more relaxed adn peaceful Jose Ignacio and the wildlife reserve of Cabo Polonio as well as the Bodega Garzon winery. Whether you’re looking to surf, swim, sail or simply relax on a quiet beach, Uruguay’s Atlantic Coast is the place to do it.

things to do

  • Especially if you’ve only just arrived, Punta del Este is a wonderful place to simply stroll along the coast and watch the local seals following fishermen for scraps.
  • Created by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, La Mano in Punta del Este is an unusual sculpture in the shape of a giant hand rising from beneath the beach’s sand.
  • Once a quiet fishing village and now a renowned surfing spot, Punta del Diablo (Devil’s Point) boasts some of the most isolated beaches in Uruguay and bracing waters.
  • Cut off from the outside world with no road access, Cabo Polonio is a quiet hamlet in one of Uruguay’s wildest areas with endless stretches of uninterrupted beaches.

Playa Vik, Jose Ignacio

A private retreat on the Atlantic coast of Uruguay.Youtube Icon

best time to visit

November - March

Dry season begins in November, and you can expect large summer crowds most of the time until late February. It can often get quieter around March, leaving you to relax on the gorgeous beaches along Uruguay’s Atlantic Coast without having to deal with the crowds.

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