Whether you prefer the crashing Atlantic or the tamer shores of the Río de la Plata, Uruguay has a beach to suit every mood.

Cabo Polonio Mingle with sea lions beneath the lighthouse on this wonderfully remote and windswept cape.

Punta del Diablo Join the bohemian beach party at this rustic summer getaway near the Brazilian border.

La Pedrera Scan for surfers from La Pedrera's panoramic point, where endless sands unfurl in both directions.

La Rambla Join Montevideo locals for a leisurely stroll along the urban beachfront from Punta Carretas to Pocitos.

Playa Grande Discover this arc of pristine shoreline in Parque Nacional Santa Teresa.

Playa Brava Sunbathe by day or club-hop till dawn on Punta del Este's long Atlantic-facing strand.

Punta Ballena Watch sunset over this pretty point from the whimsical, whitewashed Casapueblo gallery.