Uruguay is one of the most beautiful countries in South America known for its sprawling white beaches and rich coastal views. In addition to the iconic spots, it is once home of the Spanish citadel which leads to the old city where you can find deco buildings and colonial homes. This place is undeniably magical. So if you want to tour around this country here are some things you need to know.
- Travelling to Uruguay can be costly
Uruguay is surprisingly expensive. Even hostel accommodation will cost a little extra compared to other countries. A slice of chivito sandwich in Montevideo also cost about the same Memphis’ pulled pork sandwich. So make sure you bring extra money to cover your expenses as well as your shopping spree.
- Costa Rica is a Surf Country
It is impossible to come to Uruguay without meeting a surfer along the way. We have heard a lot of tourists raving about how beautiful and exciting it can be in La Pedrera and Punta del Diablo. So if you visit these cities during peak season, you can expect the place to be really crowded not just with surfers but a lot of other tourists who want to see and experience the vibrant beach life.
- Expect to eat dinner late
What time do you usually eat dinner? Most of us probably eat dinner around 7:00pm or 8:00pm but not in Uruguay. Around these hours people are still drinking ice teas in restaurants and enjoying their snacks. Dinners are usually served around 11:00pm so if you don’t want to starve make sure you eat like the locals.
- The waters in Uruguay are cold
It’s no surprise that the beach waters in Uruguay are quite cold. Clearly this country sits on the southern Atlantic Ocean which means that you can be chilling already after a couple minutes of soaking in the waters. Nevertheless, the beaches in Uruguay are a perfect destination on hot summer days when tourists can take a cool dip. Just wear a wetsuit if you plan on staying longer in the waters to avoid leg cramps.
- It can be very hot in Uruguay
While the waters are cold in Uruguay it can really be bloody hot. Always make it a habit to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays even when you are not swimming. Unless you want to have tan lines and lobster-red skin, you can skip the sun screen and just enjoy the weather in Uruguay.