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Punta del Diablo is a small village with a coastal locality in Uruguay. It’s located 298 kilometers (185 miles) east from the capital Montevideo, 172 kilometers (107 miles) from the upscale seaside resort town of Punta del Este and 43 km from Chuy, which borders the Brazilian city of Chuí.
The permanent population of the village is around 400 inhabitants, mostly artisans and fishermen, but during high season for tourism, the population rises to approximately 25,000 inhabitants. Most the tourists are Latin Americans and Europeans vacationing in the small slice of paradise. The main language in Punta del Diablo is Spanish while local English is limited to understandable.
Punta Del Diablo is rested on a quiet rise overlooking the ocean and centered around a square of glossily colored buildings, including houses, shops, restaurants, bars and shops. There are no high rises or rambling luxury resorts — instead there are small hotels, charming hostels and vacation houses.
The white sands of the beach below are separated by the main rocky point, Punta Del Diablo, which extends more than 600 feet, and two other rocky points, together creating ‘The Trident’.
Punta del Diablo has a lot of beaches worthy a visit, such as ‘Fisherman’s Beach’ or Los Bote in the local language, from which most of the fishing boats depart; Rivero, which in high season is lined with open saloons and popular with surfers; and La Viuda, also very popular with surfers and the place where locals and visitors are often seen during high season, gathered around beach fires playing music and dancing.
Tourists can have other activities in the village beyond the usual beach activities, such as horse riding and dune boarding.
Fortaleza de Santa Teresa is a significant historical site in the village; the fortress sits on top of a hill inside Saint Teresa National Park. The Portuguese began constructing the pinnacle fort in 1762 and worked on it until the Spanish seized it in 1793. Fortaleza de Santa Teresa was also part of later battles between the two empires; the fortress was renovated in 1928 and features a museum that shows its incredible history. The entrance fee to the fort is $10.
Bosque de Ombúes is a native Ombu trees that populate the local forest. It is a hardy tree that lives on very little water, and it is possible for tourists to explorer these forests by foot or by tractor.
It is possible to walk from one end of the town to another in less than one hour which makes sightseeing a manageable task for all ages; there are also public bus services and taxis available. To reach Punta del Diablo, there are regular bus services from Chuy, Rocha and Montevideo.