A very beautiful spot just outside the city of Colonia. Walk (or drive) to the end of the main drag (Flores). You will see two gas stations. Turn right after the far one and walk 1 - 2 kms... right at the round about, another 100 mtrs you will be at the beach.
Just before the beach is a road that leads down to a old gravel mine, which is now a beautiful lake.. the locals secret, you won´t find any tourist here. The beach, where you can collect shells, quartz and drift wood is also very beautiful. Usually its deserted, but on holidays it can get crowded. There is a bar run by a groovy young couple whom I imagine would be struggling, so good if you can support them. If you are game there is a squatter village behind the dunes, where the people build houses on government land, keep horses, run businesses. It was to be the sight of a new Hilton, but they refuse to budge and the govt can´t move them as the squatting laws of Uruguay prevent it. They even tap into the power grid, and it is illegal for the power company to disconnect them. They cut trees to sell firewood and fish for their dinner. It´s an interesting tour, but dress down and don´t go at night. It seems to be quite family oriented.
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