Uruguay Beaches



    One of the smaller of the South American nations, Uruguay has an accordingly shorter coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, but it makes full use of every inch, from fishing to tourism and beyond. Uruguay borders on Brazil and Argentina, the largest and second largest, respectively, countries in South America.

    The capital city is Montevideo, home to 1.8 million of the 3.5 million population of the country. Montevideo is situated at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the wide Rio de la Plata river that penetrates deep inland, forming Uruguay’s border with Argentina. There are 310 miles (500 kilometers) of beaches along the Rio de la Plata, and another 137 miles (220 kilometers) along the Atlantic coast, with two large inland lakes and a number of Atlantic coast lagoons to the north of Montevideo; Uruguay has a significant number of beaches for its relatively small size.

    Uruguay is a progressive and economically stable country with 88% pf its population being of southern European descent. A large part of the country’s economy comes from agriculture, including fishing, and all that has to do with sheep, such as meat, wool and hides.

    Settled by the Portuguese in the late 1600s, Uruguay has a temperate climate that supports its beach tourism industry, and the pleasure of the locals. The geography is hilly with rolling plains and lagoons, and another major river, the Rio Negro. With an ancient history and a modern approach, it’s a superb place to visit; there are beaches and culture in abundance.

    Divided into 19 “departments”, which operate like states or provinces, Uruguay boasts only a handful that do not border on either a large lake, major river or ocean. That’s why it has beaches galore!

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