South America Beaches

Beaches in Latin America come in all shapes and sizes. From the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean on the west, the crystal clear calmer Caribbean beaches in Central America, the desolate and relatively unexplored beaches of northern Brazil, the rugged dunes of Uruguay, and the wildlfie rich beaches of the Galapagos Islands and Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Beaches in this continent all offer something different, and quench beach dreams of all kinds.  
We have explored far and wide all the different beaches and can give you our first hand opinions. It is important to consider the weather seasons, what style of hotel you love, what levels of service you like, do you like to be in and amongst local life or on a remote and private island?

Whatever you desire then we can advise accordingly and help select the perfect beach hotel for your South America Holiday.


1. Amazing nature and brilliant beaches side by side at many points of the vast South American coastline. You can be in a tropical forest at one moment surrounded by tropical wildlife, and quite literally take a step or two and find yourself in a beachy paradise. Costa Rica and Panama are the best locations to combine wildlife adn beaches.

2. For those that take the time to venture to northern Brazil then you are sure to be treated to sheer beauty uncomparable 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. Alternatively you could base yourself on one of the islands at a luxury eco lodge and spend the day relaxing in the Galapagos Islands on holiday.

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! Cuba is a great option if you don't mind slightly outdated decor and food isn't your main priority. The buzz, the music and the unique atmospher should be experienced atleast once. Mexico also boasts some exceptional boutique hotels in gorgeous locations.

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 Beach Countries


Below is a selection of some of our absolute favorite beach hotels that all offer something a little unique.

  • CITY BEACH HOTELS: No other beach city is as iconic as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. By day you can play football with the locals (if you don't mind being humiliated) or lounge watching the surfers. At night Rio is a hub of activity with samba and bossa nova bars.
  • LOCAL TOWNS: Many like to have a quiet beach to relax on during the day, yet be within walking distance of restaurants and little cafes and bars in the evening. If this sound slike your slice of heaven then Trancoso (Brazil) or Uruguay may be perfect for you.
  • WILDLIFE & ECO LODGES: Lapa Rios is a luxury Eco Lodge in Costa Rica where you stay in a private cabana overlooking the Ocean and the forrest canopy. You can take part in the guided excursions around the forrest or take a short walk down to the quiet and remote beaches of the protected and extremely biodiverse area.
  • BEACH & FOOD: There is no trendier spot that Tulum in Mexico where by day it has a very relaxed and bohemian feel, by night the local bars and michellin star resturants open and serve mouthwatering meals to those looking for a unique fusion of food.

  • the best Latin American Beach Hotels

    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.




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