Ocean Tourist Circuit
Uruguay is rich in natural resources and probably one of the South American countries with the most varied shore and beaches. It has shore on the Uruguay River where there are some resorts like “Las Canas”, shore on the Cuareim River to the North of the country and on the River Plate to the South and finally to the Atlantic Ocean on Southeastern Uruguay.
Even though the resorts located on the Atlantic Ocean shore are somehow less popular than other resorts in Uruguay they offer a wide range of facilities and attractions. Those resorts mostly located in the Uruguayan province of Rocha offer a still natural environment with miles of sandy beaches, high sand dunes to climb and clear waters to bathe in. Although urbanized, there are places that preserve their naturalistic characteristics. An example of this is Cabo Polonio, an old pirate and fishermen village surrounded by sand dunes where the visitors cannot access in ordinary cars but in 4x4 special trucks. There are no cars and limited services like electricity so visitors would live in close contact with nature. The sights are amazing there and you can be in contact with animals like seals and sea lions that usually visit its shore.
From Cabo Polonio and even before, to the borders with Brazil the Atlantic Ocean has numerous beaches with a different degree of popularity. Valizas, another popular resort in the area has amazing beaches combined with a very active nightlife. For that reason, this place is pretty popular among youngsters. Aguas Dulces, another big resort neighboring Valizas is notably quieter and for that reason is more popular among adults and families.
The amount of activities visitors can do in the area makes it a great place for people of all ages. Bird watching, Whale watching, water sports, fishing, long walks on the beach, beach volleyball, beach soccer, sunbathing, dancing, or simply hanging out with friends are among the most popular activities people do. In the area you can also visit the many fortresses built by the Spaniards in the eighteenth century.
Another attraction for visitors to the area is the proximity with Brazil. There are some borderline cities like Chuy where by just crossing the street people go from one country to the other. This area is full of free shops, and stores in general turning out to be a popular place for shopping. Apart from Rocha, the capital city of Rocha province, Chuy is the other place close to the oceanic line that reminds you that you are in a civilized place as the beaches, in most of the cases preserve its natural beauty.