Punta del Este

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  • 1. José Ignacio


    This hamlet with a vibrant art community and some of the most jaw-dropping properties for miles is the choice beach for Punta's most well heeled...Read More

  • 2. La Barra


    The La Barra hamlet is both artistic and trendy, with a number of popular boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife spots. A mostly locally patronized...Read More

  • 3. Playa Manantiales


    Locals have dubbed this trendy stretch of sand Bikini Beach. The swimwear skews a tad more daring here, where people come to see and be seen...Read More

  • 4. Playa Mansa


    The waters are calm at Punta's longest beach and one of its most popular. Good sand, shallow water, many food stands, and proximity to the center...Read More

  • 5. Arboretum Lussich

    City Park

    Naturally perfumed with the scent of eucalyptus, this huge arboretum is one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. Its creation...Read More

  • 6. Avenida Gorlero

    Business District

    Punta del Este is circled by the Rambla Artigas, the main coastal road that leads past residential neighborhoods and pristine stretches of beach...Read More

  • 7. Casapueblo


    A hotel and museum at the tip of a rocky point with tremendous views of the Río de la Plata is the main draw in Punta Ballena, east of Punta...Read More

  • 8. Isla de Lobos


    This island is a government-protected natural reserve and national park home to one of the world's largest colonies of sea lions. You can view...Read More

  • 9. Isla Gorriti


    Once the site of a prison, Isla Gorriti now attracts a different type of exclusive crowd. High-end residents with their own boats often set...Read More

  • 10. Playa Brava


    The golden sand and numerous food stands here draw a young crowd that mostly stays on the beach rather than braving the rough water ( brava...Read More

  • 11. Playa Chihuahua


    Uruguay's only sanctioned nude beach—look for the playa naturista ("naturalist beach") sign—sits out near the airport west of Punta Ballena...Read More

  • 12. Playa de los Ingleses


    While this beach has fine sand, the wind and waves are strong here. Venture into the water at your own risk. You're still close to the center...Read More

  • 13. Playa El Chileno


    The wind gusts dramatically at Playa El Chileno, making this beach a favorite among windsurfers. Amenities: toilets; showers. Best for: surfing...Read More

  • 14. Playa El Chiringo


    This beach, just east of Punta Ballena, can be a bit rough, with gritty sand and deep water. Chiringo catches full sun at midmorning, but shadows...Read More

  • 15. Playa El Emir


    This beach is named for an eccentric Middle Eastern emir who vacationed here and built a house near this stretch of sand. High waves make this...Read More

  • 16. Playa Montoya


    Just east of La Barra beach (but still belonging to La Barra) is this stretch of sand, where a young, attractive crowd mostly stays dry but...Read More

  • 17. Playa Pinares


    A continuation of Playa Mansa, Playa Pinares has deep water and rocky sand that make this a beach you'll likely have to yourself. Expect little...Read More

  • 18. Playa Solanas


    The famous Casapueblo museum and hotel sit above this calm beach, also called Portezuelo, at Punta Ballena. Its shallow water shielded from...Read More

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