Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Travelers have been heading to Argentina lately, but the real gem is the hot spot next door. Skip the cities and head to some of Uruguay's most popular remote beach towns, like Jose Ignacio and Cabo Polonio. The latter is full of bars that still operate by candlelight, but don't be fooled—the super-sexy ambiance is really because there's no electricity.
Where to Stay
Just a short walk from a vast beach, there are plenty of hammocks to chill out on outside the eight rooms at Posada Arenas de Jose Ignacio (from $120; Posad ArenasdeJose Ignacio.com.uy).
Want to feel like a celeb? Naomi Watts and Paula Abdul have hidden away at the glamorous yet mellow Casa Suaya (from $150; CasaSuaya.com).
What to Do
Go on a full-moon horseback ride along Laguna Garzón beach (HarasGodiva.com).
Hire a resident fisherman to take you out for a catch—or a scenic boat cruise.
Visit the Jose Ignacio Lighthouse.
Learn to windsurf with Laura Moñino in Laguna Garzón (KiteYWindsurf Laura.com).
Drive a half-hour to Punta del Este and take a boat to see sea lions at Isla de Lobos.
What to Bring
Cash. There are no ATMS in Jose Ignacio—and most places don't accept credit cards.
Yummy Latin dishes.