José Ignacio Travel Guide

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  • José Ignacio
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  • José Ignacio
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José Ignacio Things to Do

  • Playa Mansa

    On the west side of the peninsula, the beach is usually calm.You will see fishermen working in this area along with their colorful fishing boats.Of course where there is fish there is also seagulls.

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  • Playa Brava

    Playa Brava is on the eastern side of the peninsula. It has a much stronger surf and winds.This is a good beach for surfing, boogie boarding, and windsurfing.

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  • Lagoon

    As you approach Jose Ignacio you will see a body of water on your left. Laguna Jose Ignacio is 8 km wide but quite shallow.A narrow sandbar seperates it from the Atlantic Ocean. After strong storms the lake is connected to the sea. It attracts a large variety of water fowl and is worth a stop.We didn't see many species when we were there but the...

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  • Take a walk on the boardwalk.

    If you don't want to walk in the sand, just walk on the boardwalk. You get a nice view of the sea from there plus there are many birds nearby on the rocks.

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  • Go to the lighthouse

    On the eastern side of the tip of the peninsula, you will see the Faro Jose Ignacio. It is an eyecatching land marker with very pretty landscaping. The lighthouse was built in 1877. Visitors are permitted free of charge. From the top the views are quite impressive.

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  • Faro

    The Faro de José Ignacio was built in 1877 in order to avoid shipwrecks in that area. The company in charge of controlling it was Costa y Cia. Nowadays it still serves as a lighthouse, and you can also visit it during the day. It has 121 steps you have to climb to get to the top. From there there's a great view of the town and the sea.

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José Ignacio Restaurants

  • Best Restaurant in Uruguay, Sarava Jose...

    Possibly the best restaurant I have dined at in South America. I have been visiting South America for 15 years and the food was simply delicious. Located in the Sand and Forest in Arenas of Jose Ignacio, the restaurant is a charming mix of chic and rustic. Wonderful music and excellent staff, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting...

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  • Excellent seafood

    Most restaurants close after the summer season but we found Lucy's open for lunch and it was a gem. There is inside seating or you can dine on the patio. The waitress was very friendly and spoke a few words of english.I highly recommend eating here if you are ever in this area. First off we were served a basket of homemade bread with the...

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José Ignacio Transportation

  • You will need wheels

    The best way to get around to the beach towns is to have your own car , scooter, or bike. After you arrive in Jose Ignacio you could walk about town but I am not sure it would be easy to get there without some means of transportation.

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  • Local Uruguayan buses

    To get to Jose Ignacio we just went out to Route 10 in La Barra, waited until the bus came that said "Jose Ignacio," flagged it down, got on and told the driver where we were going and he gave us the fare. We paid in cash on the bus. The busride took about 15-20 minutes. We arrived in Jose Ignacio at around 11am, but the bus did not come back until...

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José Ignacio Sports & Outdoors

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    Shore birds

    by kyoub Written May 4, 2008

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    Jose Ignacio is surrounded by lagoons, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. The streets are even named for local birds.
    You can see and hear the Right Whales,off shore, from March through October.

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