Punta del Este

Travel Guide
Bikini Beach which includes a beach
Beaches, watersports, island tours, nightlife and celebrity-spotting make this one of the most exclusive coastal resorts in South America.

Often called the “St. Tropez of South America,” Punta del Este is famous for its pristine beaches, sparkling marina and busy nightlife. Originally founded as a fishing port, today the town is extremely popular with Argentine and Brazilian vacationers.

Punta del Este sits on a peninsula that marks the boundary between the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) and the Atlantic Ocean. Browse the handicraft market on Avenida Gorlero or shop for upscale brands in the outlets on Calle 20. Climb the town lighthouse for panoramic views of the peninsula and coastline.

Miles of pristine beaches spread east and west from the peninsula. Backed by sand dunes, Playa Brava runs along the Atlantic coast and has good surf spots. While at this beach, admire La Mano, a monument of a giant hand emerging from the sand.

Go to Playa Mansa to enjoy the calm water of the Rio de la Plata. Try watersports, such as windsurfing and waterskiing, or dine at one of the beach clubs. Kids will enjoy playing on the waterslides at Splash Aqua Park.

Stroll along the waterfront promenade to the port. Admire the luxury yachts bobbing in the marina then watch fisherman selling the catch of the day. From the port, take a boat trip to Isla Gorriti, where you can relax on uncrowded beaches. Or cruise around Isla de Lobos, home to a large colony of sea lions.

Back at the port, watch the sunset from an outdoor terrace then join partygoers at one of the bars, which entertain until the early hours.Rent a car and explore areas outside of the town. Visit Casapueblo, a spectacular hotel and museum designed by Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Lussich. Drive east to experience the trendy beaches and stylish nightclubs of La Barra then spot celebrities at exclusive Jose Ignacio.

High season in Punta del Este runs from Christmas through January, when prices are notably higher and accommodations are booked months in advance. Consider visiting from July through October, when migrating southern right whales swim close to the coast’s shore.

Where to stay in Punta del Este

Arenas del Mar Apartments
Arenas del Mar Apartments
3 out of 5
Amazonas y Ma E Vaz Ferreira, Parada 2, Playa Brava, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20000
The price is HK$724 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Brava Beach and Enjoy Punta del ...
3.8/5 Good! (22 reviews)
Estadía apto 301
"En general todo estuvo bien pero en el apto 301 el colchón estaba hundido de un lado y faltaría más vajilla."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

Arenas del Mar Apartments
Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
4 out of 5
Av.Roosevelt - Parada 8, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100
The price is HK$1,082 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (330 reviews)
"Nice spacious apartment with good decoration"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
Rincon del Este Resort
Rincon del Este Resort
3.5 out of 5
De las Nenufas y Gabriela Mistral, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20000
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a golf course. Popular attractions Cantegril Country Club and Club ...
3.5/5 Good! (4 reviews)
"To start with when we arrived, the hotel dkid not have our reservation . Luckily they honored Expedia voucher I had printed, Apartment was shabby. All apartment items, linen, cuttlery, etc is really out of date and needs a complete change and referbushing. Bathroom with broken tiles and basin. Room ..."

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2018

Rincon del Este Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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