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Punta del Diablo is a small seaside village in the Department of Rocha, located on the Atlantic Coast of Uruguay.

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Points of Interest in Punta del Diablo

  • Live Music. Live music is a staple of the summer scene in Punta del Diablo. Bitacora night club has nightly shows during peak season, while El Diablo Tranquilo Bar has lunch and dinner acts, as well as DJs on the beach. Various locations in the center of town accompany dinner with folk singers.


Fortress of Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa National Park

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About Punta del Diablo

Background

Every summer the town grows from a few hundred residents to upwards of twenty thousand vacationers, consisting of mainly Argentinians, Brazilians and Uruguayans. Although the peak season is defined by a primarily regional crowd, Punta del Diablo has established the Uruguayan coast as a destination for a growing number of foreign travelers throughout the year.

Punta del Diablo has a bohemian feel, you'll see more white people with dreadlocks per capita here than anywhere else in South America. One person described it as something you'd expect to find in a 1970's Lonely Planet book.

The essence of the charming balneario, known for its eclectic architecture and traditional artisan fishing industry, differs greatly from summer to winter. While the two seasons are very distinct they both have a lot of appeal. The summer consists of sunbathing on one of the several gorgeous beaches and partying the night away at the town’s popular night clubs among throngs of eager vacationers trying to make the most of their summer holidays. Winter, on the other hand, is much quieter. Travelers enjoy deliciously deserted beaches, unbeatable surfing conditions and fireside chats. Without the crowds, slow season in Punta del Diablo is all about getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and finding your own idyllic coastal escape.

Amid the notable development which houses summer crowds the town itself maintains its rustic charm, with only a handful of colorful shops, a seasonal outcropping of bohemian cafes, a school and a beach full of fishing boats.

Activities

Good surfing, long beaches. Relaxed. Season starts in mid December and runs through mid February. Tourism week, as Uruguay calls Easter week, is also part of the high season. In the summer it's possible to take jeep tours to various local sights like the ombu forest, rent horses to ride along the beach, and generally enjoy the sun. As night there is a small club scene.

To the north it's possible to walk along the beach to the biological reserve Santa Teresa and then from there to the Fort of Santa Teresa an historic fort. To the south there is a nice walk to the lighthouse (faro) along the beach. It's possible to walk for 100km either direction along the beach as it's open and very sparsely populated.

  • Horse Back Riding. Though horses are not allowed on the beaches during peak months, horse tours can be arranged through Santa Tereza National Park all year round through El Diablo Tranquilo Hostel & Bar.
  • Dune Boarding. In addition to playing in the water, there are some large dunes near Punta del Diablo, the surf shop sells dune boards. Think of it as snowboarding on sand dunes. Of course there is no lift, so it's a lot of work to walk up the hill. The best dunes are on the southern end of La Viuda beach.
  • Surf. Punta del Diablo is a great surf spot. Depending on conditions, both Playa Rivero and La Viuda offer great waves. If neither of those are hitting, Santa Tereza has some consistent point breaks - including La Moza, Uruguay's longest right break.


Food

There is a 'food plaza' (plaza de comidas) to the south of the center and restaurants along the main strip. During the off season most, but not all restaurants are closed. The cost of food is about twice as much as the rest of Uruguay (excluding coastal holiday towns).

In addition to the restaurants it's possible to buy fish and sea food directly from the fishermen at stands along the beach.

  • Nativos, Main Road (Ave Santa Teresa) (On the main road before the final curve). Nativos is one of the best restaurants in Punta del Diablo. It's run by a restaurant in Montevideo and the food is spectacular. They've got a walkway down to the stream, a pond, and nice grounds.

Amazingly it's about the same price as many of the pizza places on the main strip. $$.

  • Fish Shack, Fisherman Beach (On the seafront between fishing boats and the Naval office). This place does picada (mixed fried fish, calamare, etc) and paella. U300 pesos for two including a litre beer. Also empanadas. Tasty. $.

There are four or five small supermarkets in town, some of which have butcher's counters.

Drinks

There are about a dozen small bars and clubs in Punta del Diablo, most of which are located in the center of town. During the high season, you can always find a place to have some drinks while enjoying some live music.

  • Bitacora, El Bosque. Bitacora is the main night club in Punta del Diablo. It is open only during the high season and the entire town seems to revolve around it. The club itself feels like a giant barn party, but a fun one, fully equipped with several bars, an array of DJs and stocked full of sweaty vacationers. The doors open around midnight but it is often not busy until four or five o'clock in the morning, and the party does not stop until well into the morning. It is not rare to see hundreds of people walking home from the club after sunrise. They also have a smaller pub-like bar in the town center.

Shopping

There is one ATM, which only operates during the summer, and it may not work for foreign cards and only dispenses pesos - many accommodation owners want to be paid in US dollars. There is a bank on the Uruguayan side of Chuy (about one hour's bus journey away) that will give US dollar cash advances.

  • Feria de artesanos, Playa de pescadores. There's a artisans market on the fishermans beach (it's easy to find, it's the beach with all the fishing boats). Some of the crafts are locally made, but a lot are imported from china. The ferria has a bathroom you can use for 10 pesos and several stands serving hot empanadas.
  • Surf Shop, Main Road. There's a surf shop on the main street which is open during the summer. They sell clothing and surfboards as well as providing rentals by the day or hour.
  • Paseo de Rivera, Playa Rivera. Is a small little commercial complex with a juice bar, surf shop, italian restaurant, espresso bar, craft shop, and asian import shop. Paseo de Rivera is also home to the only ATM machine in town.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Punta del Diablo on Wikivoyage.

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