Bikini Beach

Vacation Travel Guide
Bikini Beach featuring a sandy beach, landscape views and general coastal views

With sunset parties, DJ entertainment, fashion shows and great waves, this lively beach attracts surfers and a good-looking, youthful and sun-kissed crowd.

Bikini Beach (Playa Bikini) is one of Uruguay’s summer hotspots, a place that blends natural scenery with beautiful people. Mingle with the well-heeled beachgoers, who come to parade their chiseled bodies and trendy beach attire, and experience a slice of Punta del Este’s fun-loving lifestyle.

The area started as a local surfing spot. Today its rolling waves remain popular with Jet Skiers, surfers and standup paddleboarders. Rent a surfboard and take lessons with experienced instructors. It’s safe to swim in the ocean. Lifeguards patrol the beach from mid-December to mid-March.

Set down your towel or deckchair and take a moment to absorb the energetic atmosphere. The main action centers on the parador (beach bar), where you can purchase drinks and snacks or observe fashion shows. Watch as groups of youthful men and women chat, dance and flirt while listening to electronic music played by DJs.

For a quieter experience, stroll along the golden sand toward the southern end of the beach. Time your visit to watch as the sun drifts down over Punta del Este’s distant high-rise towers. Then return to the parador to be part of a lively sundown party.

Walk up from the beach to the main road to find a collection of cafés, ice cream parlors and restaurants. The bars here keep the après-beach events going until the early hours of the morning, most notably in the summer.

Located in the Manantiales suburb, Bikini Beach is a 25-minute drive from Punta del Este’s town center. Public buses and minibuses travel regularly along the coastal road between the beach and Punta del Este Bus Terminal. If you drive, use the small parking lot above the beach, which fills up fast in the peak season. Parking is also available on the surrounding streets. Parking is free, although it’s customary to tip the attendant.

Bikini Beach is crowded from morning until late in the evening during the months of January and February. Outside of these months, enjoy a more serene beach atmosphere with fewer parties and more families.

Top Hotels Close to Bikini Beach

Hostal de la Barra
Hostal de la Barra
2.5 out of 5
Ruta 10, km 161.300, La Barra, Punta del Este, Maldonado
Situated near the beach, this hostal is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from OH! La Barra and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Bikini Beach. Playa Montoya and La Barra Beach are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (35 reviews)
Good location but old
"The staff is great, the location is good, but the place needs a complete remodel (see photos), the breakfast is terrible, the breads taste really bad. The tv is very old, it makes a very loud noise, you can barely hear what's on. The AC stops and turns back on by itself through the night."

Reviewed on May 1, 2017

Hostal de la Barra
Las Olas Resort
Las Olas Resort
3 out of 5
Ruta 10, Parada 50, Punta del Este
Situated in Punta del Este, this beach resort is within a 10-minute walk of Bikini Beach and Playa Montoya. OH! La Barra and Pablo Atchugarry Foundation are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (18 reviews)
Located at very quiet location
"Residential neighbourhood, need a car to buy bottle of water. Friendly staff, Santiago at front desk speaks English and very helpfull. It is far away from everything. Good for those who looking for escape"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2015

Las Olas Resort
Casa Bikini
Casa Bikini
2.5 out of 5
Montevideo Esq. San Carlos, Manatiales, Departamento de Maldonado
Situated in Manatiales, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bikini Beach and Playa Montoya. OH! La Barra and La Barra Beach are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"The place is very beautiful and serene. The staff are really helpful and will make sure you have a great stay. Paola and Madelon were amazing. The rooms are great. Breakfast is amazing. Location is great near a great beach/shops and restaurants. I will definitely return one day."

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2019

Casa Bikini
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Best Lodging Options Near Bikini Beach

Posada de los Pajaros
Posada de los Pajaros
3.5 out of 5
Calle 10 Esq. 5 Ruta 10 Parada 48,100, La Barra, Punta del Este
The price is $269 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Posada de los Pajaros
Hostal de la Barra
Hostal de la Barra
2.5 out of 5
Ruta 10, km 161.300, La Barra, Punta del Este, Maldonado
Hostal de la Barra
Las Olas Resort
Las Olas Resort
3 out of 5
Ruta 10, Parada 50, Punta del Este
Las Olas Resort
Casa Bikini
Casa Bikini
2.5 out of 5
Montevideo Esq. San Carlos, Manatiales, Departamento de Maldonado
Casa Bikini
CHALET EN EL BARRIO PRIVADO LAGUNA BLANCA
CHALET EN EL BARRIO PRIVADO LAGUNA BLANCA
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CHALET EN EL BARRIO PRIVADO LAGUNA BLANCA
VILLA IN A LUXURY PRIVATE NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATED AT MANANATIALES, PUNTA DEL ESTE .
VILLA IN A LUXURY PRIVATE NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATED AT MANANATIALES, PUNTA DEL ESTE .
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Casa Flor - Adults Only
Casa Flor - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
9 Explorador, Punta del Este, Departamento de Maldonado
The price is $330 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Casa Flor - Adults Only
Hotel La Bluette
Hotel La Bluette
3 out of 5
Parada 49 - La Barra, Punta del Este, Maldonado
Hotel La Bluette
Apartamento cerca de la playa Bikini - Los Meros
Apartamento cerca de la playa Bikini - Los Meros
3 out of 5
Montevideo y Sarandi, Complejo Los Meros, Manatiales, Maldonado
Apartamento cerca de la playa Bikini - Los Meros
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