Beaches Of Uruguay
“Hello sun, once again you come and visit us unannounced. Once again in your long walk since the beginning of life…….” Carlos Paez Vilaro, Uruguayan artist
Two months out of the year (mid December to February) the beaches of Punta Del Este, Jose Ignacio and Barra are where the South American rich and famous go to party. This is where the beautiful young people come to show off their beach bodies, get a tan, eat and drink well, and then hit an all-night club or casino.
The rest of the year the beaches are quiet and most of the boutiques and restaurants are closed. If the weather is good, like it was for us, this was not a problem.
I grew up on the beach in Brooklyn. I spent my summers from eighteen to twenty five years old on the islands of Greece. I live in Venice, California. I was ready for the wide empty beaches and quiet roads of Uruguay in October.
Driving from Montevideo, we stop in Piriapolis which is Uruguay’s oldest resort town.
Located on the sparkling banks of the Rio de la Plata, it has smooth waters making it the perfect setting for those who desire long swims in the sea
With many seafront restaurants and shops, it’s also an ideal spot for a family vacation. A hike up the hill offers beautiful views of the coastline and town and Punta Del Este can be seen in the distance on a clear day.
I loved this town.
Our next stop is Casapueblo. it is a hotel, museum, and art gallery.
It was built by Uruguayan artist, sculptor, architect, writer, and composer Carlos Paez Vilaro.
One of Mr. Páez Vilaró’s most difficult times came in the winter of 1972, when a plane carrying his son Carlitos and other members of his Uruguayan rugby team crashed high in the Chilean Andes. Authorities eventually abandoned the search, but Mr. Páez Vilaró never gave his son up for dead. Finally, after 72 days, the painter’s son was found among the 16 survivors whose ordeal was retold in the book and movie ‘‘Alive.’’
He built the house by hand out of wood, white cement and stucco. The building is an enormous, bright, white labyrinth formed along the side of a cliff.
It has no straight lines, as the artist wanted it to have a natural, human feel, and to resemble the mud nests of Uruguay’s hornero birds.
Inside Casapueblo, Paez Vilaro’s art work and sculpture are displayed.
Punta del Este is Uruguay’s biggest tourist destination. It’s over-developed in parts with hundreds of tower block apartments and holiday homes, and it certainly caters towards the wealthy local summer holiday crowd. It is also incredibly popular with Argentinians and Brazilians. I see Trump is building a hotel here.
Outside of this area, though, the coastal communities remain just that, communities.
Famous beaches include La Playa De Los Dedos (The Finger Beach), famous for a giant hand emerging from the sand that’s not nearly as creepy as it sounds. The hand was supposedly put there for swimmers to pay attention to the undertow but it’s more of a photo op now.
We have lunch at Imarangatu Beach Club.
The fish was super fresh and perfectly cooked. For those of you who have traveled with me, you know when I’m hungry I forget to take photos. The ambience is great and it’s located on a beautiful beach.
The BF went in the kitchen to learn how they cooked the fish. Even with a language barrier, they couldn’t have been more helpful!!!
La Barra (Bikini Beach) is known for attracting models, and is lined with seaside mansions and many all night clubs .
Jose Ignacio with its relaxed beautiful beaches has become even more trendy in high season.
Between La Barra and Jose Ignacio is Mantiales another relaxed beach town.
We stayed at the wonderful Faisano Hotel in Punta De Este. It’s not on the coast but it is an incredibly beautiful setting with lovely rooms and a great spa.
it so relaxing, The staff is impressively helpful and you feel well taken care of. It is great to come back there after exploring the beaches.