Punta del Diablo
Once a sleepy fishing village, Punta del Diablo has long since become a prime summer getaway for Uruguayans and Argentines, and the epicenter of Uruguay’s backpacker beach scene. Waves of uncontrolled development have pushed further inland and along the coast in recent years, but the stunning shoreline and laid-back lifestyle still exert their age-old appeal. To avoid the crowds, come outside the Christmas-to-February peak season; in particular, avoid the first half of January, when as many as 30,000 visitors inundate the town.
From the town’s traditional center, a sandy ‘plaza’ 655ft (200m) inland from the ocean, small dirt streets fan out in all directions.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Punta del Diablo.