Uruguay is a great place to relax on beaches and seaside resorts- in the famous Punta del Este, Punta del Diablo, another very popular beach and with a bit of a hippie vibe, and La Paloma with its laid-back ambiance and a good seat for whale-watching, as well as the beautiful family beaches of picturesque Piriapolis, with its promenade and the Piria castle that also attracts tourists, also with its long coastline, restaurants and shops, and to the capital of the beautiful Montevideo with a tour of the best sights: Independence Square, Legislativo Palace, Salvo Palace, Solis Theater, Centenario Monastery, Pittamiglio Castle, and the Rambla coastal avenue, in addition to its incredible beaches.
The most popular resort town of Uruguay is Punta del Este, which attracts travelers with its clean beaches, fine sand, numerous great restaurants, shopping, picturesque streets and the opportunity to rent a yacht for its must-do boat trips.
Another popular town to visit is Colonia del Sacramento, with its historic quarter being a UNESCO World Heritage site displaying 17th-18th century Spanish and Portuguese colonial-era structures, and narrow cobblestone streets, there are also 8 museums here, and from the observation deck the city lighthouse offers an excellent view of the entire city. Colonia is located on a small peninsula along the riverfront, and is a fantastic location for watching dazzling sunsets.
Jose Ignacio is becoming a more upscale and chic beach destination, then you have places like Cabo Polonio which has to be accessed over dunes in buggies to this off-the-grid- town, and many others. There are also beautiful white sand beaches around the capital, Montevideo, such as Ramirez Beach or the quieter Buceo.
Uruguay is the fourth-largest wine producing country in S. America, offering some top-notch wines more recently, and there are some fantastic and beautiful wineries to visit for a tasting and tour. Uruguay has several wine regions, and depending on your itinerary you can choose one accordingly, taking into account the location and your wine of preference.
In addition to a beach or city holiday, tourists are heading to the country for fishing, or going to see the sea lions on Lobos Island or bird watching in Cabo Polonio, or relaxing at the thermal hot springs in northwestern Uruguay, a hot springs paradise. Salto is a popular place to visit in Uruguay, and here you can have not only spa treatments, but also go to a water park, the zoo or take a walk along the charming riverfront of the city. Make sure you check out the hot springs called Dayman, which has three pools of different temperatures, with several fountains to enjoy, and a nice picnic area.
And for more unique outdoor recreation, Laguna Negra lake with peat bogs of black ash on the water is an interesting site, where you can look for rare birds and mammals while kayaking and watching its magical sunset.