José Ignacio, Uruguay’s Über Chic Hippie Resort
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