10/02/2012 09:44 am ET

18 Fabulous Beaches In Latin America (PHOTOS)

Thoughts in the U.S. may be turning to pumpkins, apple cider and candy, but south of the equator, summer is just heating up.

With the Southern Hemisphere's summer starting -- and Hispanic Heritage Month underway -- there's no better time to take a look at some of the best Latin American beaches, some world-famous and some lesser known.

A note about our methodology: While Mexico has plenty of wonderful beaches, we skipped over the country's offerings in order to look further afield. Hello, Uruguay!

Latin America's Best Beaches