Uruguay Beaches...
The top stretches of sand nationwide

Salto. Uruguay
Salto, Uruguay by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0

There is no doubt that Uruguay beaches rank among the best in South America.

Second smallest country in the continent - after Suriname - its 600km (400 miles) shoreline shows two different coasts and beaches.

Some of them on the Rio de la Plata (River of Silver), and others on the Atlantic Ocean, being the second the most attractive ones.

In fact, the Departments of Madonado and Rocha is where to find the most beautiful beaches in Uruguay.

While Maldonado hosts two of the most famous traditional resorts, very well known in the rest of the world - such as Punta del Este and Piriápolis - among others, Rocha is home to a number of lovely summer spots that have become increasingly important to Uruguay tourism over the last few years.

Enough to mention La Paloma, La Pedrera, Punta del Diablo and Cabo Polonio for that matter.

Whichever way you choose to go, one thing is certain, each beach has its own distinct vibe and personality, making it perfect for whatever type of summer retreat you desire.

Uruguay used to be South America's best-kept secret, mainly visited by Porteños (people native from Buenos Aires), Brazilians, Chileans and non-South Americans in the know, attracted by its pristine beaches and/or the international jet-set life found in Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio between January and February for instance.

It is also true that over the last few years, Uruguay has come under global awareness - perhaps more than ever - particularly after The Economist nominated it the country of the year in 2013. Uruguay's current President Jose "Pepe" Mujica has played an important role in this for reasons other than tourism, but not too far either. Tourism is the country's main commodity, even superior than meat exports.

This man (79 years of age) drives himself to work in an old Volkswagen Beetle and flies economy class. He is married to Lucía Topolansky - also an ex-Tupamaro member - and lives with his wife on a chrysanthemum farm outside Montevideo with a three-legged dog named Manuela. He refuses to live in the presidential palace and donates around 90 % of his U$D 12,000 monthly salary to charities.

Yes, we admire him very much around here. He belongs to the kind of leaders that help us believe that there is something of value to rescue from the poor state of world's affairs and leadership nowadays.

Sunset in La Pedrera by Rodrigo Sepulveda Shulz - (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

But Uruguay is even bigger than that.

It ranks among the safest countries on the continent, the best infrastructure and the least poverty in Latin America. It also has one of the highest literacy rates as well as one of the best medical care systems in South America.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Uruguay generated US$2.025 billion in tourism revenue in 2012, a figure four times greater than the US$500 million in tourism dollars the country was attracting just a decade ago. Beyond numbers and statistics, you'll be greeted joyfully, embraced by the natural warmth and friendliness of the Uruguayans. That's a good slice of what you'd expect from your vacation in Uruguay, isn't it?

Top Uruguay Beaches

Casapueblo, Uruguay
Casapueblo (Punta Ballenas) by Vince Alongi - CC BY 2.0


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