Best hotels at the beach in Uruguay
The best hotels in Uruguay beaches are run by hands-on owners who want you to have an unforgettable time. Immerse yourself in the charm of Uruguay’s hotels on and off the Atlantic ocean. Deserted beaches, accommodation for all budgets and a serene atmosphere converge to offer an unforgettable experience.
Where to stay at the beach in Maldonado
The most well-established beaches are in the department of Maldonado two hours east of the capital. Punta del Este is probably the most famous beach resort in South America after Río de Janeiro, full of highrises and a frenetic summer scene. La Barra and Manantiales are hipper with great eateries, surfing competitions and art galleries. José Ignacio, a tiny semi-rural peninsula with 28 permanent residents, has become the vacation choice of an international jet-set—think Mark Zuckerberg. Don’t miss recommendations inland.
Big Bang Nature Stays – Bohemian beach domes
Casa Flor – Live the Uruguay coast like a local (VIP)
Hotel Solís – A historic, coastal B&B
Where to stay at the beach in Rocha
The wildest beaches are in the department of Rocha (say ROH-cha) on the Atlantic coast closest to Brazil. These beaches were isolated and frequented solely by locals until a trickle of intrepid Argentinian backpackers started arriving in the 90s. Punta del Diablo, Cabo Polonio and La Pedrera are some favourite places. The vibe at most Rochense beaches is Uruguayan hippie though more sophisticated offerings are beginning to emerge. Destinations are 3-4.5 hours from the capital. And spend some time to travel inland to the sierras.
Muelles del Diablo Tranquilo – Best views in Punta del Diablo
El Diablo y El Mar – Friendly hosts in Punta del Diablo
Caballos de Luz – Horseback riding in Uruguay sierras
Il Tano Suites – 420-friendly Punta del Diablo hotel
Best hotels & ranches in the Uruguay countryside
Almacén de la Capilla – Carmelo winery cabaña among the vines
Caliu Earthship Ecolodge & Restaurant – Unique Colonia del Sacramento hotel
Campotinto – Carmelo winery & boutique hotel
Estancia El Ceibo – Deepest Uruguay with minimal travel
Where to stay in northern Uruguay
Many unique things to do in Uruguay lie in the most remote parts of the country. In the north of Uruguay, you can hike valleys and ‘flat top hills’, taste rare Uruguay wines and pan for gold. Plan to spend a week travelling around North Uruguay to really experience ‘deepest’ Uruguay.
Finca Paraíso Escondido – Live Northern Uruguay with the locals
Posada del Minero – Explore north Uruguay & the gold rush
Best hotels in Montevideo
Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, offers a perfect mix of history, culture, and coastal charm. From old colonial streets to lively neighbourhoods, it’s a city that captivates. Enjoy scenic walks along the rambla (the longest boardwalk in the world), vibrant markets, green parks and delicious local cuisine in this welcoming urban gem.
Driving & car hire in Uruguay
Explore Uruguay with peace of mind as you drive through its diverse landscapes. With a focus on safe driving, these tips will guide you on a memorable journey, complemented by a great little car rental company recommendation.