Punta del Este – Uruguay
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 for example Manantiales and Bikini Beach. 40 km east of the peninsula is José Ignacio, where the jet set goes. 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…
Another attraction is Casapueblo Museum, located in Punta Ballena, 13km from Punta del Este. This place was the house and workshop of the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. The building and museum, in the form of a labyrinth, are very interesting, where you can appreciate the paintings and sculptures of the artist. Try to go for the spectacular sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean!
EL VIAJERO BRAVO BEACH HOSTEL & SUITES – Budget Category
El Viajero Brava Beach, with its cozy common area and outside deck, is superbly located at just 3 blocks from the bus station and near Punta’s main tourist attractions & trendy beaches. The atmosphere is relaxed & chilled out, you’ll be part of a real cosmopolitan backpacker community here.
It’s ideal for meeting other travellers and staying in the city on a budget, with multi-bed dorms and private rooms all ensuite and with A/C. The dorm beds have curtains ensuring that your stay is private and comfortable.
Enjoy the included Uruguayan homemade breakfast, the free pool & ping pong table, the famous Viajero’s night with chivito, BBQ and pizzas at great prices and the local artisan beers.
The friendly staff will fix your tours, bicycle & surfboard rental, kite & surf lessons and tickets & transport for the most exclusive parties in town!