Piriapolis Uruguay is situated almost directly between the country’s capital, Montevideo, and its premier resort town, Punta del Este. Featuring beautiful beaches, rolling hills in the countryside, and an excellent range of accommodation, it’s considered by many travelers to be Uruguay’s next superstar destination. Which means now is definitely time to hole up in a hotel in Piriapolis, explore the town’s charming interior, and spend happy days lounging around on its beach. This is rural, beach-lounging Uruguay at its best.
As with Punta del Este, Piriapolis Uruguay is a high-season town, meaning it's only at full capacity between the months of December and March, when the weather here is at its most conducive to beach vacations. Piriapolis beaches and hotels are open during the rest of the year, so you can visit whenever you want, but be prepared to experience a half-closed town. Of course, if missing the crowds is your type of thing, visiting during the off-peak season could be exactly what you're looking for. It’s also worth noting any hotel in Piriapolis that stay’s open during the low season will rent its rooms at a significantly lower rate.
Things to do in Piriapolis Uruguay range from the easygoing to adrenaline-pumping. At the more relaxed end of things are Piriapolis beaches, which are uniformly sandy and bordered by beautiful blue waters. The main beach here stretches right along the town’s front, which means you’re never farther than a brief walk away from the sea. Other Piriapolis beaches require transportation to reach; they are, however, much quieter and more serene because of their distance from the town. Taxis and buses ply local routes, or you can always rent a bike or a car and do the journey on your own steam.
For the adventurous traveler, meanwhile, a trip from your hotel in Piriapolis to the top of one of the surrounding hills is definitely worthwhile. The Cerro San Antonio is one such hill. Walking up it is a tough (though attainable) goal, and once you’re at the top, the views are a sufficient reward. A cable car to the top is available for those who don’t fancy the climb. Another good walk runs up the Cerro Pan de Azucar, which is roughly six miles outside of Piriapolis. Other adrenaline-rush activities in Piriapolis include saltwater fishing and gambling in one of the town’s numerous large casinos.
Once the evening sets in, Piriapolis Uruguay gets its own surge of adrenaline, with people streaming out into the streets in order to eat, drink, and be merry. In terms of eating, chivitos (sliced meat sandwiches) are ever-popular among tourists. Having lined their stomachs, visitors then hit the town’s many bars, before heading on to a club at around midnight. Needless to say, the casinos stay open throughout this ritual, should you decide to try your luck at some point in the evening.
To get to Piriapolis, it's easiest take a bus from Montevideo or Punta del Este, if you don't have your own rental car. Day trips to or from these two destinations are quite possible, though be ready to get up early and return late.