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.

Don Majestic Hotel Punta del Este
Don Majestic Hotel Punta del Este
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,035 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Situated in Punta del Este, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Punta Shopping Mall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gorlero Avenue and Punta del Este Convention Center. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (66 reviews)
"The AA never worked as expected. We turned it on as soon we made the check in, and never reached the target temperature. The beds were so hard. The cold water in general was not really cold, could confuse the hot and the cold p.e. The room was nice, open."

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2021

Don Majestic Hotel Punta del Este
Enjoy Punta del Este
Enjoy Punta del Este
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,328 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
Offering direct access to the beach, this Punta del Este hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Puerto de Punta del Este, Ralli Museum and Cantegril ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (462 reviews)
"Amazing staff. Great place to stay!"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Enjoy Punta del Este
Atlántico Boutique Hotel
Atlántico Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Calle 7(Capitán Miranda) y, Calle 10 (2 de Febrero), Punta del Este, Maldonado
The price is HK$1,300 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Located in the heart of Punta del Este, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Punta del Este Lighthouse and Puerto de Punta del Este. Isla Gorriti Natural ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (642 reviews)
Nice stay
"Excelent for the price"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2020

Atlántico Boutique Hotel
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.
Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
4 out of 5
Av.Roosevelt - Parada 8, Punta del Este, Maldonado
The price is HK$1,755 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
This family-friendly Punta del Este aparthotel is located near the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Punta Shopping Mall and Enjoy Punta del Este Casino & Resort. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (319 reviews)
"Nice spacious apartment with good decoration"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
CASA CON PARRILLA Y PILETA A 5 CUADRAS DE LA PLAYA
CASA CON PARRILLA Y PILETA A 5 CUADRAS DE LA PLAYA
Situated in Punta del Este, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Cantegril Country Club and Club de Tenis Medano. Ralli Museum and Punta ...
CASA CON PARRILLA Y PILETA A 5 CUADRAS DE LA PLAYA
Rincon del Este Resort
Rincon del Este Resort
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,040 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated near the beach, this spa aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cantegril Country Club, Club de Tenis Medano and Ralli Museum. Punta del Este Convention ...
3.3/5 (3 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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