Montevideo, the national capital, is situated 55 miles (89 kilometers) south of Florida.
The area around Florida is dotted with cultural and natural attractions, from firmly-established, must-see spots to still-undiscovered gems. Santa Lucia, lays 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the north, while Canelones sits 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the north.
Every place offers a specific history and this area has its own stories to tell. The ruins here provide great insights into the past.
For those who like to get wet, this is a great place for you. Snorkeling is popular with locals and tourists and another great outdoor sport is swimming.
Local food is an important part of any area and a great way to get a feel for somewhere. Amongst the many elements frequently used in this part of the world are milk and fish. Follow the lead of the locals and try chivito (sandwich) or empanada (small pie). Finish with ensaimadas (catalan sweet bread), a popular final course.
True travel encompasses so much more than simply seeing the sights, it's also about the words, stories and ideas of a region. Your experience in Florida will become much more meaningful if you take the time to memorize a few everyday words, sayings and salutations in Spanish. "¿Querría bailar conmigo?" is the Spanish way to say "Would you like to dance with me?" Yet another practical one to use "Este caballero pagará por todo" (This gentleman will pay for everything).
At the end of your stay in Uruguay, you'll be sure to bid this place a fond "Adiós" But be comforted by the fact that you'll be leaving with photos and memories that you can enjoy for years to come.