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Atlantic Coast

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Casapueblo in Punta del Este

Atlantic Coast is a region of Uruguay and consists of two departments: Maldonado and Rocha. Full of beaches, this region is extremely popular in the summer—many Montevideans have time-shares here.


Other destinations[edit]


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Punta del Este Airport (PDP IATA) is in Maldonado and has a few commercial flights, mainly from Buenos Aires (AEP IATA). The other option is to fly into Montevideo (MVD IATA); intercity buses from Montevideo to this region generally stop at the airport to pick up passengers.

By bus[edit]

Frequent buses are available from Montevideo; see the Tres Cruces Bus Terminal website for schedules. A few buses are also available from other parts of Uruguay.

International buses to Punta del Este are available from Porto Alegre and Florianópolis, Brazil. You can also take a bus to the border town of Chuí, walk across the border to Chuy, and take a bus from there.

By car[edit]

The most important highways are the Interbalnearia, which connects Montevideo to Punta del Este; Route 10, which hugs the coast; and Route 9, which is a little further inland.

By boat[edit]

Cruise ships and yachts can dock at Punta del Este.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Depending on where you're trying to go, you might have direct buses multiple times a day or you might find yourself having to transfer on a route that doesn't run frequently. Maldonado/Punta del Este and Rocha are probably the most important hubs. At worst, you can always head back to Montevideo, which has service everywhere, but if you're trying to get from one Rocha Department beach town to another, going all the way to Montevideo will add a lot of unnecessary hours to the trip.

By car[edit]





Stay safe[edit]

This is generally a safe region—Brazilians come here on vacation to relax on the beach without the risk of crime they'd have to worry about at home. But watch out for pickpockets and petty thieves at the beach resorts, especially Punta del Este.

Go next[edit]

  • Central Interior – rolling hills and wide-open ranches await.
  • Rio de la Plata – back to the other half of coastal Uruguay, including lovely historic districts and humbler beaches.
  • Rio Grande do Sul – cross the border at Chuy to experience the striking diversity and warm friendliness of Brazilian culture
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