South America Beaches

South America is blessed with a variety of different beaches. They range from those crashed by huge roller waves of the Pacific on the western side of the continent, to beaches lapped by calmer waters in southern Brazil, from the vast, virgin beaches of Venezuela on the Caribbean to the more rustic beaches of Uruguay overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. These all offer something different, and quench beach dreams of all kinds.  
Whether you seek surf or crystal clear waters for snorkelling, or if you prefer nice, calm tides for paddle boarding, there is something for everyone along the vast South American coastline. It is worth considering when you want to travel and what style of accommodation you would prefer, too. We tend to prefer smaller, boutique luxury accommodation with bundles of character, preferably located close to a local town or village for some delicious evening meals, and maybe a little cocktail or two... but there are other options!

Why choose South America for a beach holiday? 

1. Amazing nature and brilliant beaches are arrayed side by side at many points of the vast South American coastline. You can be in a tropical forest at one moment surrounded by the buzz of life all around, and quite literally take a step or two and find yourself in a beachy paradise… all within a few feet of your home away from home!
2. In comparison to many other places in the world, the beaches of Brazil are vast and beautifully deserted. Take a stroll down these undiscovered shores all in the radiant sunshine and feel truly amazed to have it all to yourself.
3. The Galapagos Islands offer probably the most unique and exceptional beach experience in the world. Days are filled with exploration and excursions, but there is always a little time for a blissful sea swim in this natural haven. 
4. The Caribbean. This part of the world is what people imagine when they envisage a beach paradise of turquoise waters and glittering white beaches. It really is as good as you might imagine!
5. The surfing! Some of the really interesting South American coastlines offer exceptional surfing experiences, completely unique to this vast and wild continent.

the best Latin American Beach Countries

How much does it cost to go on a South America beach holiday? 

South America caters to all travellers, pretty much whatever the budget. To give you a little idea though, Uruguay tends to appeal to those seeking exclusivity at some of the continent's best beach properties and similarly Brazil is home to the most glamorous. Costa Rica is probably the most economical option, yet still with many pockets of complete beachy heaven. Cuba has some really unbelievable deserted beaches which are seriously dreamy.  Please do get in touch to find out a little more about the different costs of the hotels that we work with.

When to go on a South America beach holiday 

Being such a vast continent with a number of climatic patterns means that there is always a hot and sunny South American beach to visit throughout the year. Speak to one of our experts to find out all about the best places to visit, and at what time of the year.

What activities are on offer on a beach holiday to South America?

The South American coastline offers all the beach activities you could ever imagine. Pop over to Costa Rica for the trendy surfing hub of Tamarindo, or have a go at some of the best windsurfing in the world off the coast of North-East Brazil. If you like the wonders of the deep sea, experience a completely one-of-a-kind diving experience at the nucleus of the natural world - the colourful Galapagos Islands will provide serious, world class diving. Or if you just want to feel sand between your toes, then enjoy some sports on the beach in the vibrant city of Rio. If you are into horses or love to experience new things, then Uruguay has some really great riding along wild beaches; as you can see, the possibilities for a South American beach holiday feel endless.  

What are the best beach accommodation options in South America? 

Lapa Rios is one of our favourite beach accommodation. Situated on the wild, romantic and beautiful Osa Peninsula – the southern tip of Costa Rica, this location is world class for complete, scenic isolation and the lodge is designed for ultimate luxury.

Playa Vik is one of South America’s flagship beach properties, located in Uruguay. It boasts some exceptional design features and is perfectly in keeping with the truly beautiful beach that it sits on. Here you can expect ultimate luxury and superb service.

MV Origin is our choice for the ultimate mobile beach accommodation! This blissfully designed boat cruises the Galapagos Islands, dropping anchor at various glorious beaches for you to enjoy. With a hot tub and all the modcons you could ever want, MV Origin has a friendly, cosy atmosphere and is our favourite boat.

the best Latin American Beach Hotels




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