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 and...Read More

  • 2. La Barra

    The La Barra hamlet is both artistic and trendy, with a number of popular boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife spots that spring into life in January....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...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...Read More

  • 5. Arboretum Lussich

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

  • 6. Avenida Gorlero

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

    One of Uruguay's only two sanctioned nude beaches (the other being in Rocha, well up the coast)—look for the playa naturista ("naturalist beach") sign—sits out...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...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; windsurfing....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...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...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...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 the wind makes...Read More

  • 19. Punta del Este Port

    Punta's sunsets seem even more spectacular when witnessed over its port, with sails and boats dotting the bay. Stop for a drink at any one...Read More

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