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What beach is best for swimming?

My husband and I are going to be in Uruguay in early December and we're trying to decide where to stay for a couple of nights. We love to swim so we want to be at a beach that is good for that. It would be nice to have a hotel close enough where we could walk to the beach. I appreciate any suggestions.

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1. Re: What beach is best for swimming?

Since you posted in the Punta del Este forum, I'm assuming your question is aimed at the Punta beaches. The water is not warm, even in summer, so swimming is not a priority at any beaches. Most people are content to jump in and out pretty quickly. But some do swim, so it is doable once you acclimate to the water temps. Being from California ,maybe you can handle relatively chilly water!

The Punta area is very large (over 40 miles of beaches). It's divided into beaches on the Rio de la Plata, and others on the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic beaches are rougher, less good for swimming. Also, there are sometimes dangerous undertows. So, you probably want the beaches on the river side. Don't worry, the river is over 300 miles across at Punta, so it seems like the ocean in every sense, except the waters are calmer (in fact, the river beaches right at Punta are called "La Mansa," meaning "calm"). La Serena is a wonderful small hotel right on a very nice beach along La Mansa. A very large hotel, with a casino, across the street from La Mansa is Conrad. The beach at Conrad is not quite as nice as at La Serena, but Conrad is closer to the peninsula and thus closer to restaurants and shopping.

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2. Re: What beach is best for swimming?

Is the beach at Jose Ignacio safe for swimming? We are debating whether we should stay there or not, but I really want to be close to water that we can swim in. Water temp. is no problem since we're used to the beaches of California.

Thanks!

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3. Re: What beach is best for swimming?

Jose Ignacio has two beaches, both on the Atlantic Ocean. They are called "La Brava" and "La Mansa," like the major beaches along and close to the peninsula in Punta del Este (where "La Brava" is on the ocean and "La Mansa" is on the river). La Brava is very rough, although I have seen people swimming there. La Mansa is calmer and I see people swimming there quite a bit. I see people in wet suits even in summer, although I also see people really swimming (i.e., back and forth just outside the breakers) just in swimsuits.

There is only one true hotel in all of Jose Ignacio, called La Posada del Faro, an excellent boutique, which is on the edge of the village one block from La Mansa and about an 8-minute walk from La Brava. There are a couple of other places in Jose Ignacio that advertise as hotels but are not really. I block the names right now. One is in the middle of the little village, run as a kind of B&B by a real estate agency; it's close to the rocky area at the point of the small peninsula in Jose Ignacio, where you cannot swim; it's an 8-minute walk to either La Mansa or La Brava. The other is relatively far from the beaches, across the main road and up a small dirt road.

I am a big, big fan of Jose Ignacio, and would urge you to stay there if you don't mind being a bit isolated from the rest of the Punta area. It's a 20-minute drive to La Barra, 30 minutes to the peninsula in Punta. But it is beautiful and peaceful and just what a beach resort should be. The very best restaurant of all is there (La Huella, right on La Brava beach) and each year there are two or three other restaurants that open just for the season (sometimes changing owners and names), usually off in the woods about 2 miles from the village.

I'm curious as to what you decide. Would you mind posting to let me know?

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4. Re: What beach is best for swimming?

Thank you for all of the great information. If we can get in to La Posada del Faro then we will stay there for at least one night and maybe a night in La Barra to experience the different parts of Punta. I will let you know as soon as we hear from them.

Also, what is the weather like in early December in Uruguay? We plan on spending a night in Montevideo. Do you recommend a night in Colonia or just a day trip?

Thank you so much for your help. It is difficulty to find information on this region.

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5. Re: What beach is best for swimming?

Early December weather is normally perfect -- low 80s and little rain. Colonia is a day-trip destination unless you want to spend a night at the new Kempinski spa-hotel there, which looks very nice. The town itself is just a nice pueblo with an interesting, well preserved historical section. In colonial times Colonia was fought over often by the Spanish and Portuguese; it was a very important strategic location.

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6. Re: What beach is best for swimming?

Its important to mention, Colonia´s Historical district is World Heritage Site of UNESCO. There are beaches on the La Plata river in Colonia too, totally fresh water, warm and unpolluted.

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