Tourism in Cabo Polonio
If you wish to find your inner self and enjoy moments of solitude and reflection, Cabo Polonio is the right place for you.

Discovering Cabo Polonio in Uruguay

Cabo Polonio is one of the many beach destinations that you love, with the characteristic of being a remote place you can only reach by driving 270km from Montevideo. The long distance it takes to get there made us wonder what makes Cabo Polonio special enough to invite tourists from all around the world to go that far to visit northeast Uruguay, and this is what we discovered…

Cabo Polonio National Park

This town used to be a small fishing village, so it doesn’t have a big touristic infrastructure with hotels or restaurants. It could seem that this place doesn’t want us to visit it! However, its austere nature is what has earned it the title of National Park.

Cabo Polonio is the perfect destination to find inner peace. The apparent disadvantages it has by lacking certain services infuse it with magic and charm. That’s why it creates the feeling of finding yourself in a remote and forsaken coast. Its virgin beaches and gigantic sand dunes make it an ideal spot to enjoy solitude, introspection and relaxation.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

The adventure in Cabo Polonio begins at the park’s entrance. In order to reach the town you’ll have to go over its huge sand dunes. Remember, you can only do so by choosing one of these three options: walking approximately 6km; riding a “camel” –that’s how they call their 4x4 buses. They’re safe and fast, and they give you the chance to enjoy the views of the woods, the sea and the beach–; or riding on horseback from either La Paloma or Aguas Dulces health resorts.

Once in situ DINKtravelers recommends visiting Cabo Polonio’s lighthouse, which was built in 1881. It offers excellent views of the different shades of green that paint the grass, the matte colors of the rocks and the various hues of brown that can be found in the sand dunes. This lighthouse is an important construction in Cabo, so in 1976 it was declared historic monument.

During the 1960s Cabo Polonio became a popular destination among hippies, so it’s probable that you’ll find houses with colorful designs that are painted mainly in green, yellow and orange.   

At sunset, Cabo Polonio is a source of inspiration to create photographs from your trip. You’ll see light sparkles reflected on the deep waters of the Atlantic that savagely break against the rocks near the lighthouse. Best of all, you won’t be alone, because sea lions will keep you company while you witness the sky’s transformation into an orange mantle.

Now you know, if you want to travel to be in contact with nature and find your inner self, Cabo Polonio is your best option.

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  • Visit a National Park on Horseback

    Visit Cape Polonio National Park by taking a horseback excursion.

  • Photograph Mural Paintings

    You’ll find mural paintings in different places near Cape Polonio, so prepare your camera and take a walking tour.

  • Choose the Best Travel Season

    Find the best landscapes and less tourists in winter. In Uruguay, winter means July and August.

  • Prepare Your Camera

    Pack your camera when you travel to Cape Polonio because the photos you can take of the beach and dunes are awesome.

  • Be a Solidary Traveler

    Be conscious of the fishing activity in Cape Polonio and of the frequent visits of sea lions in the area.

  • Take an Aquatic Tour

    Boat tours around Cape Polonio depart from the Lighthouse and they take you to visit every corner of this destination.

  • Surf and Enjoy

    If you want to surf, Cape Polonio is the right place for you. They have equipment rental both in high and low season.

  • Unpolluted Cape Polonio

    In the town of Cape Polonio entry of private vehicles is not allowed in order to preserve the environment’s purity.

  • Historic Origins of Cape Polonio

    Joseph Polloni’s shipwreck inspired the name of Polonio.

  • Moving Sand Dunes

    Sand dunes are a great attraction in Cape Polonio. Because of the wind, they move approximately 16 feet per year from southeast to northeast.

  • National Protected Area

    On July 20th 2009 Cape Polonio was declared National Park and it became a protected area.

  • Fishing and Craftwork

    Most people in Cape Polonio are dedicated to fishing and craftwork. Others work at the lighthouse.