Devoid of high rises, and with a distinctly bohemian vibe, Punta del Diablo should have been our sort of place. In fact, that's what every single person had told us; this was the best beach town in Uruguay.
After a very long South American winter, we were so excited to get back to the coast and work on our tan. However, it didn't turn out quite as we would have hoped!
By far our favourite spot on the coast, and our top pick for budget backpackers, Mompiche is a true small fishing village. Whilst it is definitely set-up for tourism, it will be some time before it is taken over by it.
A sensible jump-off point for any coastal adventure in Ecuador, Atacames is a rough and ready holiday town extremely popular with locals. There's nothing much to keep you there, but you'll welcome the sun and sand!