I stepped off the 4-hour bus ride from Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, directly into the different world of Punta del Diablo. Within seconds, I fell head over heels in love. I could hear the roaring ocean on my right, which, since many of the dirt roads don’t have street signs, would serve as a compass for the next two weeks while exploring Punta del Diablo.
It doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes to get from one end of Punta del Diablo to the other. But, if you take your time to explore where each dirt road leads to, it can take a little longer….like 20 minutes.
In what seems to be a recent boom in tourism, the “new” part of town is up the hill creating optimal ocean views for the freshly constructed weekly rentals.
Yet, even with the uptick in commercialism, it remains a small town. It is common to see horses pulling wagons, friends meeting in the street and stray, friendly dogs walking alongside anyone who will let them.
The original part of town is closer to the beach and is lined with restaurants, pescaderos, supermercados, and old, traditional, oceanfront homes where mostly locals live.
But from almost anywhere in town you can see the ocean and long stretch of sandy beach, book-ended by rocky points.
It is clearly off-season, which suits us just fine, and it is ever apparent with the lack of people and the many closed restaurants, which makes exploring Punta del Diablo easy.
We want to know: Have you been to Punta del Diablo?