The arroyo, with large, rusty boats moored along it, makes for a great ramble, as does the 30-minute stroll to the beach. Local wines have an excellent reputation, and vineyard visits are a popular activity.


Carmelo's hotels are generally drab and uninspiring affairs. Budget travelers will get better value at Carmelo's excellent hostel, while those with deeper pockets should consider staying at one of the local wineries.


A baker's dozen of restaurants are dotted about the downtown area, ranging from traditional Uruguayan parrillas (steak restaurants) to places with international menus.

Drinking & Nightlife

Nighttime drinking spots (as opposed to the wineries, where tasting goes on every day) are clustered around Plaza Independencia.