Punta del Diablo is a chill fishing and beach village with no tall buildings in sight. Think of it as the cheaper, smaller, more laid back Punta del Este, with only a handful of watering holes and shops.
Waves are ideal for beginner surfers and beaches are spacious for laying out. The annoying weather changes quickly from sun to mist and then back again but overall this is a great choice if you are looking for a quiet spot to relax. It’s the kind of place where if the storekeeper doesn’t have change for your big bill she tells you to leave with the goods and pay later. The mosquitoes look forward to your visit.
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The beach! Surfboard rental is $15 for four hours. Ask surf shops for lessons, though it may be hard to get when not in peak January season. Visit La Feria for handicrafts in the plain wooden building near to the fishing boats.
Buy some fireworks from the kioscos and set them off on the beach. Cueva Luna, next to the Antel store on Playa Pescadores, has the loudest music and coldest beers. This place is only hopping in January when the beach fills up with vacationers.
There are no hotels, central booking location, or lighted vacancy signs, so you have to go to kioscos or stores and tell them you are looking for a canbaña. (I had luck asking the receptionist at the Antel telephone store on Playa Pescadores.) They’ll tell you a name or call someone who arrives to show you a cabin. Except to pay at least $20/night in January peak season for a two person room. The more people you have, the better the price will be. Or you can stay at a hostel if you want to be with other gringos.
El Diablo Tranquilo Hostel (Follow the signs when you get off the bus station)
$17/night for dorm room in peak season (and up). Loud party hostel that packs you in like cattle in the dorms. Not the cleanest hostel I’ve been to. I highly recommend you do the work to find a canbaña for just a little bit more money.
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South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
Spanish For Beginners
My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.
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