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The Punta del Diablo of Uruguay

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Punta del Diablo is a pride of Uruguay and major tourist destination. This seaside village is about 300 kilometers east of Montevideo, the country's capital. The main draw for Punta de Diablo, which translate to "Devil's Tip" in English, is its beautiful surfing beaches, which do not only generate the perfect waves but are complimented by the luscious South American countryside.

Contrary to what you will expect from the town associated with the devil, Punta del Diablo exudes a laid-back and hippy atmosphere. It is devoid of high rise buildings or big commercial establishments. Thus, the town is a favorite among the backpackers and bohemian Latin American travelers.

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Punta del Diablo is a village and seaside locality in Uruguay, Rocha Department, 298 kilometres (185 mi) east from the capital Montevideo.

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Beautiful sunset view of Los Botes

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Lively Scene of the Rivero Beach

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Popular Beaches at Punta del Diablo

There are three main beaches in Punta del Diablo. These are Los Botes, also called '" Fisherman's Beach"; Rivero, known for its surfing waves and open bars; and the La Viuda, a popular beachfire and sand dune boarding venue. The town truly is a surfing paradise complemented with a usually sunny weather.

While here, you will get the chance to meet all sorts of personalities with varying surfing skills. There is no real pressure to be good on a surfboard rather just to enjoy the place. An influx of surfing novices usually come between December and February. Aside from being able to rent surfboards, lessons are also available.

In addition to surfing, sightseeing and boating tours are also popular in Punta del Diablo. Some of the common sights visited in tours are the Ombu Forest, the Center for Sea Turtles and the Laguna Negra, which feature minerals induced black water.

You know you're there when you see this landmark

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Saint Teresa National Park, Uruguay

Less than 5 kilometers from the town and along the coast, the Parque Nacional Santa Teresa (Saint Teresa National Park) is one natural attraction worth walking to. The park encompasses about 3,000 hectares of land, and home to thousands of flora and fauna. While here, go for a hiking adventure following the designated 60 km long park trails. The sand dunes on desolate beaches within the park also merit a visit.

Aside from its stunning natural environment, Saint Teresa National Park also has historical significance. On the top of a hill within the park's grounds is the Fortaleza de Santa Teresa (Fortress of Santa Teresa) built by the Portuguese in 1762 as protection against Spanish attacks. It's also an important battle site for civil wars. The museum within the fortress provides detailed accounts of the site's dramatic history.

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Bitacora Restaurant, Punta del Diablo

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Restaurant Hopping

The fun in Punta del Diablo does not stop when the sun goes down. Most people head out to a strip of restaurants and bars in town to celebrate the night. Most of these restaurants specialize in seafood dishes. After a satisfying meal, join the party revelers as they dance on the beach or in small bars like the famous Bitacora.

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  • Don't leave unless your tummy is full.

Date with your love one at the romantic Fasano restaurant, Uruguay

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Handy Tip

There are no ATM machines in town, but some hostels provide cash advances for a corresponding fee.

Accommodations in Punta del Diablo

Accommodation is quite plentiful in Punta del Diablo, and is comprised of small hotels, hostels and cabanas. Alternatively, you can do what some surfers do; which is to pitch a tent on the campgrounds at the edge of town. To reach village, you need to take a bus or drive a car from Montevideo. Fortunately, the village is small enough to experience and explore by foot.

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