Nestled on the shores of the Río de la Plata, the idyllic town of Colonia del Sacramento boasts the title of Uruguay's oldest city. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, its "barrio histórico" is a picturesque representation of why this little village has been called one of South America's most beautiful towns.
This rural gem is found just a quick drive from the buzzing coastal towns of Punta del Este and José Ignacio, but couldn't be further ascetically from these two glitzy cities. Garzón is home to a sheer 170 residents, yet is making a name for itself worldwide due to its culinary draw.
Claiming the title of Uruguay's most happening beach town, José Ignacio is a one time sleepy fishing village turned bustling surf spot and cosmopolitan escape.
As home to almost half of Uruguay's population, this capital city is a lively destination, filled with cultural heritage. As the country's center of the arts, visitors will be hard pressed to find a day when there is not a theater performance, ballet or symphony.
As one of the country's most wild regions, the small fishing village of Cabo Polonio is found tucked among rolling sand dunes, a towering lighthouse, and cherished national park.
Punta del Este
Known as the Hamptons of the Southern Cone, Punta del Este is a seaside playground which is just starting to gain the attention of international travelers. The city has an intoxicating vibe, with days spent sunning on the sand alongside gorgeous stretches of glistening ocean, and nights filled with nonstop parties.