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Brazil has 4,655 miles of coast, and a lot of it is beach. The best country in South America for silky sand and warm seas, it’s also one where beach and culture are not oxymoronic. To hang with party-loving Paulistas, aim for DPNY on Ihlabela. South of trendy Trancoso, Le Paxa is an understated, barefoot-chic beauty in the village of Caraiva. Uruguay is no longer an upstart beach destination; at José Ignacio, Bahia Vik is a high-modernist estancia for urban gauchos. On the Pacific coast, surf’s the thing and Mancora in Peru is world famous for its breaks; Arennas has the rollers, sea views and the ceviches. South of Santiago de Chile, Alaia is beach style at its very best: low-slung, high-concept, eco-conscientious. Here’s our pick of the best hotels on the beach in South America.
DPNY Beach Hotel & Spa
Ilhabela, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil
José Ignacio, Uruguay