Just a 30 minute drive from Punta del Este is one of the most beautiful spots along the Uruguayan coast and really, in Latin America. José Ignacio was a quiet fishing town until the 1970s, but over time wealthy Uruguayans and Argentines began to build homes with breathtaking views of the white sand and bluffs. Now some of the most posh beach houses and boutique hotels, several of which excude bo-bo hippie shabby chic vibes can be found here on this little peninsula and surrounding beaches. My personal favorite is the one built and owned by architect Carlos Libedinsky. You can see all the homes and properties by climbing up the local lighthouse, Faro de José Ignacio, built in the 19th century. Drop by La Huella, the beachside restaurant that is so clichéd yet well worth lounging around for a long lunch. An afternoon here will be a highlight during your travel to Uruguay.

Image credits: Leon Kaye

 

Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay, travel, faro de José Ignacio, Uruguayan beaches, Carlos Libedinsky, La Huella

View from Faro José Ignacio

 

Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay, travel, faro de José Ignacio, Uruguayan beaches, Carlos Libedinsky, La Huella

Bedlam in summer, desolate in September

 

Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay, travel, faro de José Ignacio, Uruguayan beaches, Carlos Libedinsky, La Huella

Home by architect Carlos Libedinsky

 

Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay, travel, faro de José Ignacio, Uruguayan beaches, Carlos Libedinsky, La Huella

Faro Jose Ignacio, which offers spectacular views

 

Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, Uruguay, travel, faro de José Ignacio, Uruguayan beaches, Carlos Libedinsky, La Huella

One of the most stunning places on the Uruguayan coast

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.