The South Coast Travel Guide



Plan Your The South Coast Vacation

A technicality of geography: though Uruguay's entire coast appears to front the ocean, everything west of famed vacation spot Punta del Este—sister resort Piriápolis, lovely pre-independence Colonia del Sacramento, and Montevideo itself—is the Río de la Plata, the world's widest river, which fans out to 219 km (131 mi) at its broadest point. The Plate, to use its name in English, swirls in a mix of fresh- and saltwater with the changing winds and tides. Beyond the punta, the point from which Punta del Este gets its name, looms the Atlantic Ocean, and the coast takes on a more rugged, end-of-the-world look.


The South Coast Hotels

Fodor's local writers visit every hotel we recommend. Look for our discerning Fodor's Choice picks or search by price and location.


The South Coast Restaurants

Find the best The South Coast restaurants in every price category with our top picks.

Things To Do

Things To Do in The South Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The South Coast Experiences

  • A Cavalcade of Stars

    Visitors to Punta del Este during its first heyday in the '50s and '60s rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Yul Brynner. Even... Read more


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