Punta del Diablo is situated 298 km from Montevideo, and 45 km from Chuy, a town at the Brazilian border. It is the place we have all fallen in love with.
We cannot tell if it’s because of the beautiful beaches, the breathtaking sky full of stars, the unique and varied architecture of the town – or everything combined. What we can tell is you will lose your heart to Punta del Diablo, no matter the season you visit us.
It is a place where the streets are still unpaved and very few of them have lighting. Where there are no banks, shopping malls, parking lots, or anything that has to do with the stress of the city. It’s the ideal location to get in touch with nature in a stunning environment and enjoy the simple life.
Listen to the sound of the sea and the singing of birds, feel the wind in the face, sit in a hammock watching the sky, walk barefoot in the sand all across town and gain a feeling of relaxation and peace.
This place started as a fishing village where you could hardly enter by car at all. Today there is a single paved road, Santa Teresa Boulevard, which connects Punta del Diablo to the rest of the world.
The fishermen were the first to build small wooden houses at the famous Ranchos waterfront, many still remain unchanged today. The wives of the fishermen were responsible for the unique artisan touch of the beautiful houses and the establishment of a craft fair. They also brought local cuisine to the area, such as seaweed fritters, breaded fish and mussels.
In the meantime, Punta del Diablo got populated more and more with people just like us. People who searched for something different than the hectic life of the city and fell in love with this unique little town. A place that is lovely year-round. In summer, the beaches are full of young people, music, and good vibes. In winter, the place gets more quiet and you can enjoy long walks along the beaches and the ubiquitous tranquility.
All around the year, there is a great architectural variety to be to be marveled at, ranging from small log cabins to bigger concrete houses. The fascinating thing is that Punta del Diablo has become an unconscious creative melting pot.
Playa la Viuda
Our favorite beach!
Famous for its great dunes and a vast coastline, it has the most waves and is ideal for those who enjoy long walks at the seaside. At its end there is the Casa de la Viuda lighthouse, where you have a view over town from the distance. And if you stay by the rocks you will see sea lions, turtles and dolphins.
At special times, there are also whales and penguins travelling south.
In summer, you can enjoy cocktails, drinks and music down by the sea. There are also surf competitions taking place from time to time which you can watch.
The town & Fishermen’s Beach
The left side of Playa de la Viuda connects with the center of Punta del Diablo. While it is small, you will still find everything necessary for your stay. The main road connects with Fishermen’s Beach. There you find supermarkets, artisans selling handicraft, bars and restaurants – each with its own picturesque style. At Fishermen’s Beach you will find the boats that leave every morning to bring in the catch of the day. When coming back, the fresh fish is processed and sold right there down by the coast.
Playa del Rivero
This is a small beach between the Fishermen’s Beach and Playa Grande. Together with the Fishermen’s Beach it forms a small bay, which makes it most suitable for those searching for a spot to surf. Most of the sand is moist, but you will of course also find dry spots to put your towel on.
After Playa Rivero you will find the hill of the same name, with a heavenly view. It’s a vast beach which connects to the Santa Teresa National Park. Here you can also find dolphins or whales.
If you enjoy snorkeling you can do it between the rocks, and if you are lucky you can swim right next to one of the big turtles living in this area. With moist and dry areas of sand, it is ideal for walking or running on the beach. The waves are also suitable for surfing.