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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.

Hotel La Capilla
Hotel La Capilla
3.5 out of 5
Vina del Mar y Valparaiso, Punta del Este, Maldonado
The price is $83 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Club de Tenis Medano, Brava Beach, and Enjoy Punta del Este Casino & Resort. Punta Shopping Mall and ...
3.6/5Good! (47 reviews)
"Close to beach - nice hotel. Would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2011

Hotel La Capilla
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
Fully refundable
The price is $94 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
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. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (53 reviews)
"Location is very good and the size of the room is perfect"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Don Majestic Hotel Punta del Este
Hotel Fasano Punta del Este
Hotel Fasano Punta del Este
5 out of 5
Cno. C. Egusquiza y Paso del Barranco, Punta del Este, Maldonado
The price is $363 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in Punta del Este, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of San Carlos Zoo, Museum of the Sea, and Leonel Viera Bridge. Bikini Beach and La Barra ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (89 reviews)
"Location The Hotel need a Pool for swimming Excellent Nature"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Hotel Fasano Punta del Este
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
The price is $87 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (16 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 Mar 9, 2019

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
The price is $102 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (313 reviews)
"Great experience , need more lights in the rooms and more clearness I will definitely come back"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Yoo Punta del Este Rental Club
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
The price is $145 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
This family-friendly Punta del Este aparthotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Leonel Viera Bridge, Museum of the Sea and OH! La Barra. La Barra ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"High end American cowboy dude ranch without the horses, but with excellent ocean views."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2018

Il Belvedere Apart 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.

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