Punta del Este
Excellent beaches, great surf, vibrant night life, delicious food and cultural activities make Punta del Este and its surroundings Uruguay’s summer destination in vogue. The Punta del Este peninsula is an internationally popular place to hang out and enjoy.
Have a look at the 43m high lighthouse and its neighbour, the Parish Church, visit the Crafts & Artist´s Market at Artigas Square and stroll through the streets with shops, bars and restaurants like Gorlero Avenue and Calle 20.
Playa Mansa (west side) is a beach with calm water to relax and sunbathe by. The ocean is a lot rougher at the east side, which makes Playa El Emir and Playa Brava top surf spots, the latter with the original “Hand in the Sand” sculpture.
Punta del Este is also famous for partying. Party addicts go to the Yacht Port with its never ending nightlife, or head to La Barra, 20km east of the peninsula. La Barra, with its undulating bridge, is a lively and trendy beach town with a sparkling nightlife and excellent surf at f.e. Manantiales and Bikini Beach. 40 km east of the peninsula is José Ignacio, where the jet set go. This chic and quiet beach resort is also a popular surf spot with fabulous beaches and gorgeous houses.
A top excursion at Punta del Este is a boat trip to Isla de Lobos, an island at about 8km from the coast, with the biggest sea lion colony in South America (tours leave from the port).
Isla Gorriti, a 15min boat ride from the port, is a little island to explore with a wonderful bay and beach to get over your hangover…