José Ignacio

Escaping the busy urbanization and high-rises that Punta del Este has seen in recent years, continue little further east for a quieter comparison in the relaxed, tiny fishing village of José Ignacio, a rising premier holiday hotspot. Defined by its boho-chic charm, José Ignacio offers its own share of excellent restaurants, shops, and upscale contemporary properties amidst a slow-paced way of life. Explore neighboring towns like the colorful La Barra village and its popular Montoya Beach, in addition to visiting town attractions like the main village landmark, the José Ignacio Lighthouse; José Garzon Lagoon; and the Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion Parish Church. There is also a local handicrafts market and a museum displaying one of the largest shell collections on Earth, where you will find more than 5,000 marine life species—living and dead—from corals and sea stars to whale skeletons and shark jaws.

Colonia & Carmelo
(-33.991769, -58.286636)
José Ignacio
(José Ignacio, Maldonado, Uruguay)
(Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay)
Punta del Este
(Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay)

Essential Information

Reasons to Visit

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Honeymoon & Romance
  • Sun & Sand

Recommended Stay

3-5 nights

When To Visit

Good May-Oct
Better Apr / Nov
Best Dec-Mar