Punta del Este

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Bikini Beach featuring 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
Av. Roosevelt Parada 6, Punta del Este, Maldonado
The price is £97 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
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. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (63 reviews)
"Location is very good and the size of the room is perfect"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Don Majestic Hotel Punta del Este
The Grand Hotel Punta Del Este
The Grand Hotel Punta Del Este
5 out of 5
Parada 10 y Av. del Mar - Playa Brava, Punta del Este, Maldonado
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £167 per night from 15 Dec to 15 Dec
With direct access to the beach, this Punta del Este hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brava Beach, Club de Tenis Medano and Punta Shopping Mall. Cantegril Country ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (433 reviews)
"They give me a room that not match with the picture. They told me that is a expedia mistake..."

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

The Grand Hotel Punta Del Este
Enjoy Punta del Este
Enjoy Punta del Este
4.5 out of 5
Rbla. Claudio Williman Parada 4, Punta del Este, Maldonado
The price is £125 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (460 reviews)
"Amazing staff. Great place to stay!"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Enjoy Punta del Este
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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 £81 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
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! (318 reviews)
"Nice spacious apartment with good decoration"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
Entre Pinos Eco Box Apart
Entre Pinos Eco Box Apart
3 out of 5
Teodoro Chesserau, Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado
The price is £205 per night from 27 Dec to 27 Dec
Located in El Placer, this beach apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Leonel Viera Bridge and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bikini Beach. La Barra Beach and Museum ...
Entre Pinos Eco Box Apart
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
The price is £110 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in the heart of Punta del Este, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brava Beach and Enjoy Punta del Este Casino & Resort. Gorlero Avenue ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (17 reviews)
Bem legal!
"Apart muito bem localizado, bem perto da praia, tem piscina aquecida e também cadeiras e guarda sol na praia em frente. O café da manhã tomamos no hotel ao lado. Estava bem gostoso."

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2019

Arenas del Mar Apartments
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