Punta del Diablo, Uruguay has quickly become the hotspot for backpackers in Uruguay. It seems like every summer this little hippie beach town grows a little bit bigger. Personally, however, I’m not sure I get the big deal. I think that people love telling others that they have gotten off of the beaten track so much that they build up places to be extraordinary when they are really quite average. Regardless, Punta del Diablo has fallen off of the “alternatives” list and is now a mainstay on the itinerary of backpackers in Eastern South America. Many of the younger budget travellers see Punta del Diablo as an alternative to the bigger more expensive beach towns nearby such as Punta del Este.
If you’re looking to hang out and relax a little bit among the backpacker class then there is a good chance that Punta del Diablo is the place for you. However, if you’re looking for cultural immersion, history, and one of a kind activities than you might want to skip out on Punta del Diablo. As someone who easily bores sitting on the beach, I found myself bored in town after just a day. But, as I always say, each person’s experience is different, you may fall in love with Punta del Este as so many people seem to have over the past couple years.
Things to do in Punta del Diablo
As I mentioned, I found Punta del Diablo to be slightly on the dull side, but for a day or two you can certainly find something to do.
- Parque National Santa Teresa: If you’re not one of the type that’s just looking for a beach, this makes for a nice hike. There is a plethora of bird life in the park, but the main attraction is a Portuguese fort built on the hilltop.
- Beach: Perhaps not the most prestigious beach in the world, however, this is much more subdued, relaxing beach environment than that in the other beach towns in Uruguay or nearby Brazil
Where to Eat in Punta del Diablo
Everyone eats seafood in Punta del Diablo, and since this is an old fishing village it really doesn’t make sense to eat anything else. Corvina (a white fish) is probably the most typically served fish. There aren’t many choices in town, so just head down to the beach front and pick out a place that tickles your fancy.
Where to Stay in Punta del Diablo
You’re certainly not going to find the resorts in Punta del Diablo; yet. However, there are now about 5 or 6 hostels (just 5 years ago there was only one). I stayed at El Diablo Tranquilo when I was there; it was decent but nothing all too special. I had a friend you spent a weekend there recently and said that the newly built Hostel de la Viuda is amazing and the best place to stay in town. There are also a number of camping options.
Getting out of Town
Since the town is so small there are no buses that base themselves here. If you want to head south to Punta del Este or Montevideo, or north to Sao Paulo or Florianopolis you’ll need to arrange to meet the bus on the highway. All hostels will be able to help you out with this. The buses are very used to stopping for tourists here.
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