Photo by Dominic DeGrazier
“I feel like I’m back in 1950s America,” commented a visiting American. An amiable people, first-world atmosphere and slow pace of life combine to make Montevideo, Uruguay.
Smaller than the state of Washington, Uruguay is tucked in between the monstrously large countries of Brazil and Argentina in South America. Its capital city boasts of a moderate climate and beach and ocean views a few blocks away from the city center, with a beautifully decayed Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) zone showcasing 1800s churches, plazas and more.
Eats. No trip to Montevideo, or Uruguay for that matter, would be complete without tasting their world-renowned beef (Anthony Bourdain agrees). The best place to catch a scene and sample some delicious grub is at the Mercado del Puerto in the Old Town – Don Tiburon is a favorite venue.
Prices. For visiting Americans, the prices are very agreeable compared to home. A savory steak and a shared good bottle of wine runs you around $30 in a quality joint.
Directions. There are no direct flights to Montevideo from San Diego, but it can be reached via Miami and other major American hubs. Flights cost roughly $1,200 depending on the season.