Okay, so we cannot claim to have really seen Uruguay, but we loved our time there. On March 1, we flew from Buenos Aires to Montevideo and hopped on a 4.5 hour bus from the airport to Punta del Diablo, a fishing village that has recently transformed into a fairly low-key getaway for Argentinians and Uruguayans. We stayed there for five days in a little apartment steps from the beach before flying back to Buenos Aires, en route to Iguazu Falls.
We happened to be in Punta Del Diablo during Carnaval, so there were a few more kids and families on spring break than would ordinarily be there in March, but nevertheless we got to experience relatively relaxed (and swimmable) beaches for the first time on our trip. We ate a lot of seafood, drank a few bottles of tannat (considered the “national grape” of Uruguay), swam immediately after eating in spite of signs warning us to wait two hours (!), and made sure our Vitamin D intake was solid.