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Punta del Este

A peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Punta del Este is the  southernmost point in Uruguay. The town is wildly popular and fills to capacity during the warm summer months, December to March. Watch the sun rise and set over open water, lounge on a different beach every day, stroll the oceanfront promenade, the Rambla General Artigas, dive into the water sports like yachting, surfing, fishing, waterskiing and swimming or take high afternoon tea at one of the many tea rooms in town. You will probably run out of money before you run out of things to do.

The western side of the peninsula, referred to as the bay side, faces the Río de la Plata. The calm Playa Mansa is at the northern stretch of the bay side. Just to the south is the famous yacht club and marina. The eastern side of the peninsula, the ocean side, has, predictably, rougher waters and two good beaches: the Playa Brava, opposite the Hotel Playa, and the Playa los Ingleses. This side of the peninsula also features the best nightlife. Two blocks from the southernmost tip of the peninsula is the historic monument of El Faro (the lighthouse).



Around Punta del Este:

Take a boat to the beautiful and un-crowded Isla Gorriti with white beaches and an 18th-Century fort.

View sea lions on the Isla de Lobos, another short boat ride away.


Other places nearby Punta del Este: La Paloma, Punta del Diablo and Cabo Polonio.

17 Nov 2006

Things to do in Punta del Este

La Mano

The concrete hand in the sand on Play Brava, otherwise known as La Mano, is an important landmark in Punta del Este. Chilean artist Mario Irrarazabal endowed the city with this piece of abstract ...
Historical Building
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Museo Taller Casa Pueblo

The Museo Taller Casa Pueblo showcases the works of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, who has spent the last fifty years as a working artist. The adjoining Club Hotel Casa Pueblo, fifteen ...
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Feria Artesanal

Spend an afternoon wandering around the Feria Artesanal or Craft Market on Plaza Artigas, where one can find all sorts of artesanías ranging from leather goods to jewelry and other keepsakes. The ...
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Isla de Lobos

Hosting one of the largest sea-lion colonies in South America, Isla de Lobos makes for a great escape from the tightly-packed beaches of Punta del Este. The island is home to 180,000 sea lions and ...
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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