Where to Visit Uruguay in Summer Months

by Emeri Callahan

Feb 11, 2019

Punta del Este, Uruguay © Cienpies | Dreamstime

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Uruguay may not be as well-known to American travelers, but the small country on the east coast of South America is a known as a summer hot spot for the Argentinian and Brazilian elite. Famous for its beach-lined coast and beautiful colonial cities, an escape to Uruguay may be just what you need to get a dose of sun and sand in the U.S. winter months.


Punta del Este

This chic beachside resort town can be equated to the Hamptons or Monaco, where a celebrity sipping mojitos is nearly as common a sight as a mega yacht sliding into harbor. Upscale cocktail lounges and ritzy restaurants reside next to airey beachside cafés and burger shacks. Check out the scenic rooftop at Olivia to watch the world go by, or head to Mobey Dick late night to see the party-goers coming out to play.


Jose Ignacio

Just 30 minutes away from Punta del Este but worlds apart, Jose Ignacio feels more like a celebrity hideaway than a place “to be seen.” The low-key beach town has a calmer, slower vibe much appreciated after spending all night in the night clubs of its neighboring city. Sign up for a vinyasa class at The Shack Yoga to get your zen on.



If you’re looking to add a big city stop on your mostly beach town tour of Uruguay, then head to the capital city of Montevideo. The bustling city is exploding with art galleries, live tango shows, renowned theaters, trendy lounges and clubs, and much more.



This charming cobblestone town offers adorable boutiques, a lovely waterfront and access to wineries in the surrounding countryside. You’ll fall in love with the dusty roads, wildflowers growing along the sidewalks and incredibly friendly and welcoming people. Carmelo is known as the fine wine region of Uruguay, so enjoy a few glasses of Pinot Noir and take a deep breath of fresh air.



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