When a very special friend invites you to Uruguay for a 30 year anniversary party, you say "who goes to Uruguay?" followed by "hell yeah!" It went kinda like that. We met up with a group of close friends for an unforgettable, festive celebration in the once humble fishing village just a quick flight from neighboring Buenos Aires.
Renting a house is the primary form of accommodation in Jose Ignacio, but there are about 50 or so houses and only a handful of hotels, so none are all that easy to come by. We made a quick decision on La Posada del Faro and in no way at all did we go wrong. In fact, we extended our stay to squeeze in one extra day there.
It's the perfect setting across from the ocean with a killer view and a daily dramatic sunset. About a dozen rooms gathered around a pool. Not posh, but chic as can be. It is beach bohemian at its best. Nobody waits on you at the pool, you just help yourself to a cocktail IN the pool. There's no restaurant, but a lovely breakfast tray arrives each morning to your room to enjoy on your private patio. Beach cruisers are available for exploring the town but you can walk everywhere... and the staff are there only when you need them.
Jose Ignacio with its dirt roads, gorgeous beaches, laid back latin/brazilian soundtrack, incredible architecture and some of the very best food anywhere in the world exudes such an unexpected and inviting charm. And La Posada del Faro complements the setting and the vibe. We're told to avoid the Dec/Jan holiday season when it's packed with jettsetters, but our March visit was perfectly timed with beautiful weather and it was sleepy enough to feel its magic. Who goes to Uruguay? you do.
food & libations: La Huella (laid back, on the beach, incredible food), La Caracola (dine on a private island accessed only by boating across the lagoon), Marismo (romantic, lit only by candlelight, toes in the sand)
cool for kids: the beaches, Playa Brava and Playa Mansa, biking around town, fishing
must visit: all 3 restaurants above, bike to the eclectic shops and cafes all over town, nearby town of Garzon for a taste of gaucho country