There are several different types of beach towns in Uruguay, a beach town to fit everyone's comforts and travel styles. Punta del Este and those small surrounding towns such as La Barra and Jose Igancio are for those who want some trendy night life, upscale restaurants and to be in the hip beach scene.
Further along the coast of the region called Rocha, you'll find a younger more hippie type crowd. If you are looking for a relaxed beach vibe, an unpretentious and local feel, then Piriapolis will probably be ideal for your stay. You won't find many high-end restaurants here, nor will you find the high prices from Punta. It is a small beachside resort preferred by locals and their families. Piriapolis is the only beach resort in Uruguay surrounded by hills, which offers great overlooks and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities beside its beautifull beaches.
Playa Grande Beach
This lovely beach is just a 5-minute walk from our house or a very quick bike ride. Waters are usually calm and warm which is great for families with young children. We've got lawn chairs, beach towels and water toys for our guests to use while enjoying this lovely beach.
The Cerro de San Antonio
From the port, you can take a cable chair lift to reach this high overlook of the city. You can also drive or bike or walk (for those adventerous guests). We highly recommend a trip up to the cerror to enjoy the lovely views of the Piriapolis port and city.
This is a historic hotel located on the Rambla of Piriapolis. It is open to the public as well as guests. Art exhibits and live music and the occasional film festival are held here throughout the year. The hotel has a casino and offers a nice brunch on the weekend.
Castillo Piria (Piria's Castle) and much more...
There are many sites to see in the surrounding areas of Piriapolis - castles, olive oil groves, vineyards, sunset boat tours of the area. We are happy to provide recommendations for guests who would like to visit one of these sites, we are happy to help.
Tranquil, family-focused beach town - Piriapolis, Uruguay
1.5 hours from Montevideo
20 minutes from Punta del Este