Punta del Este

Travel Guide
Bikini Beach showing 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

Hotel La Capilla
Hotel La Capilla
3.5 out of 5
Vina del Mar y Valparaiso, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100
The price is $85 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Club de Tenis Medano ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (80 reviews)
Such a beautiful hotel!
"Beautiful hotel not far from the beach but secluded enough. The rooms were great, the staff is super friendly and everything looks brand new. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Enjoy Punta del Este
Enjoy Punta del Este
4.5 out of 5
Rbla. Claudio Williman Parada 4, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100
The price is $145 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (550 reviews)
"Nice experience. Bar area too small"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

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, 20100
The price is $224 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and indoor private spa tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (480 reviews)
"It was Amazing. Great sea view. The attention of the reception was impeccable. Breakfast its excellent"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

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.
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
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 ...
3.9/5 Good! (23 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 Jan 10, 2022

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
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 Aug 9, 2021

Il Belvedere Apart Hotel
Il Belvedere Apart Hotel
4 out of 5
Parada 29 de la Brava, Lorenzo Batlle y Calle Da Vinci, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Punta del Este. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"It’s ok. In my point of view, very expensive"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

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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