Why you should go to Punta del Este, Uruguay

Let’s forget that Uruguay is often overlooked by the tourist and if they’ve heard about Montevideo Punta del Este probably never made it to their radar. But it should.

Punta del Este, the west point of Uruguay, is sometimes called Monaco of South America, St. Tropez of South America and also the Hamptons of South America, so yes, there are luxury hotels, designer stores, expensive restaurants, exclusive clubs and a yacht harbor. But that is just one look of Punta del Este. I went there as a backpacker and stayed in a relatively cheap hostel, I had lunch in the restaurant corner of a shopping mall Life Cinemas Punta Shopping, it was as unglamorous as it sounds but very cheap, and beaches and sun are free for everyone.

Punta del Este Uruguay marina

 

I also went to Punta del Este in April, which is after their high season which lasts from December to March. So for me the city was a little bit like a ghost town; hotels closed, almost no people walking the streets, hard to find an open restaurant, however, I still loved it! It was peaceful and although rain prevented me from swimming it did not stop me from walking along the beach, wandering the streets of the city and the harbour.

Punta del Este Uruguay beach

 

So why is Punta del Este a great vacation destination for all kinds of travelers?

  1. Nice beaches

Not only that the beaches are nice, they are really diverse. On the east part of the peninsula you will find windy beaches with waves which are perfect for surfers, the most know beach like this is Playa Brava. And on the west there are sandy beaches with calm sea, perfect for lying on the sun and enjoying a nice swim, for alike activities go to Playa Mansa.

Punta del Este Uruguay beach

Punta del Este Uruguay beach

Punta del Este Uruguay beach

 

  1. Monument Los Dedos

A perfect photo spot on the beach! The monument has more names, the most known is Los Dedos which translates to the fingers, and it’s positioned on the beach Playa Brava. This means you will see it the minute you step out of the Punta del Este’s bus station. It was made by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal in 1982 and become a popular symbol of Uruguay.

Punta del Este Uruguay beach monument los dedos

Punta del Este Uruguay beach monument los dedos Punta del Este Uruguay beach monument los dedos

 

  1. Casapueblo

Absolutely a must see! Casapueblo was built as a summer house and workshop by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró and later became his home. After his death it was turned into a museum, an art gallery, a café and a hotel. The architecture of the house is absolutely amazing, they compare it with the white houses on the Greek island of Santorini! Hotel Casapueblo has 70 different types of rooms but they all have spectacular view of a sunset. And in the museum you will see some really interesting art!

Punta del Este Uruguay Casapueblo

Punta del Este Uruguay Casapueblo

Punta del Este Uruguay Casapueblo

 

Casapueblo is located at Punta Ballena 13 kilometers from Punta del Este and you can go there with a local bus and then walk for 15 minutes along the peninsula. The walk is aboslutely worth it because it offers great views of Punta del Este and surrounding beaches and you walk past interesting houses.

Punta del Este Uruguay Punta Ballena

Punta del Este Uruguay Punta Ballena Punta del Este Uruguay Punta Ballena

 

Now go and book a plane ticket. 🙂

2 Comment

  1. Great description and pictures. I am sad that I miss that, while being in Buenos Aires. So close.

    1. I suggest going there the next time you will be in the area. 🙂

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