Beaches, sunsets, people
In summer it gets really crowded
Gorgeous location and tourist destination in the small country of Uruguay.
I could have equally put this into the other category - off the beaten bath. The museum (open 10:30am ~ 8:30pm daily) offers large displays, skeletons and artifacts of the ocean life. There are whale skeletons, sharks, big things and small things.The information is all in Spanish, so if you don't speak/read any, I would recommend the museum only to...more
The Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Port begins its most important season during the summer. The ships and yatchs come mostly from Buenos Aires, but latelly an important number of european and southamerican sailors come to this port. At the port there are many companies which make trips to Gorriti and de Lobos islands. They can be also rented to...more
Brief History1903 - The municipality donated the site for the purpose of building a temple.1911-It was inaugurated ,planned by the architect Medhurst Thomas, the chapel had only a 37 sq mt area. 1921- It was remodelled, and made to cover 200 m sq; the same bell tower is still standing 1944 _ remodelled again due it is too small to the city´s...more
Casa Pueblo has the workshop of Carlos Paez Vilaro. You can see a collection of his paintings, sculptures, and pottery. You are asked to first go to see a film on his life. It is very interesting. There is also a bar in the museum. Everyone gets a drink and goes out to the balcony to watch the sunset.more
There are so many words to describe this hotel. Romantic. Peaceful. Serene. Pristine. Quaint. ...more
Very good hotel and very good service. Great microcinema and library. Very goo room.more
The hotel is one of the best - if not the best - in Punta del Este. Multilingual staff, in-room...more
The place is really no frills, with wooden benches to sit on, but delivers very good meat at a very reasonable price.We were a party of 4, and both the charbroiled lamb rack and the rumpsteak (bife de chorizo) were delicious. So were the grilled vegetables that came with the meat, the fries, and the grilled morcilla (black pudding) and chorizo...more
Dulce de leche is an integral part of life in South America. And arguably Lapataia is the best in Uruguay. Even in Argentina, the company Leititia sells the same dulce de leche with their own label. As if that was not enough of an endorsement, McDonalds uses this same brand in their desserts.Lapataia is a farm out in the country. There are other...more
Located in the marina, Artico is a relatively economic place to eat. It is a self-service restaurant where you pay either by the unit price or by the kilogram. The quality is very good, and since you chose what you want, you can get custom your your plate exactly to your liking.It is probably the best quality for the budget you'll find in...more
De todo y por todos lados.En la Punta están los teatros, tal vez para la gente más grande. Recomiendo los shows de Gasalla, muy cómicos y para reirse bastante, por lo general son en el Hotel Nogaró.El Jazz Tour de La Pataia, un punto clave en el mundo para la gente que le gusta el Jazz, prestigiosos músicos llegan cada año, como Paquito Nogueira....more
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COT bus lines operates regular service between the Montevideo airport and central Punta del Este. The one way journey is about 1 hour 15 minutes. Departures are about every 45 minutes between 6am and 11:30pm.Cost is (as of 2013) $198 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Punta del Este bus terminal or at the airport to the right of the...more
If you have a few days for your visit to Uruguay, I recommend travel directly to the airport in Punta del Este: www.puntadeleste.aero/ at Laguna del Sauce.Then you can go to Montevideo, (I recommend you visit in Montevideo: Old City and then travel by bus to Salto from the terminal Tres Cruces:...more
If you are in Punta del Este, there are lots of shopping malls and commercial centers. However for the typical tourist, the souvenirs, novelties, t-shirts, post cards, sun lotions, etc. can typically be found along the many little boutique stores on Avenida Gorlero.
Most places accept credit cards however for those random places that do not, this street also has the main banks with the ATM machines.
What to buy: All types of tourist souvenirs, clothes, sports equipment.
What to pay: Prices are posted and are not negotiable. It may be more expensive than back home.
People in Uruguay have the same customs as other South American countries, they eat late.
Most restaurants close after lunch and do not open to serve dinner until 9pm.
I believe that is why lunch is their largest meal. That is why it was usually our only meal.
After seeing so many cars' windows covered with stickers and advertisements, I started asking if people here like decorating their cars. The answer I was told was no, but they were not put on by choice.When parking in public places, particularly the main shopping streets and beaches, people are employed to walk up and down, placing these...more
There is an insufficiency of information regarding when to go to Punta. In my research I found that the high season is 'end of December through most of January'. On this forum, when I asked what is better: December 19 or January 16, I was told the latter. I wasn't told that December 19 would be disastrously bad. Unfortunately, being dependent upon...more
It was in the high 70's when we were there in March. I noticed most of the men wear jeans.
Women were wearing capri's or slacks. It cools off quickly after the sunsets.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take your sunscreen and be sure to use it.
Don't forget the repellent, like I did. You will need it, especially after sunset.
Miscellaneous: If you do not speak spanish you will also need a spanish dictionary.
The City of Maldonado is only a few minutes drive from Punta del Este. You can get a good view of the peninsula, which is 15 blocks long, from there.Its climate is mild all year round. In the winter, temperatures reach 10º C, whereas in the summer the thermometer marks over 25º C and many times it goes over 30º C. Maldonado is a pretty town and a...more
Take a trip to Isla de Lobos. Just a few miles off the coast of Punta del Este, Isla de Lobos is a natural habitat for Sea Lions. Half day tours in small boats can be easily arranged at the port. Boats leave frequently during the day. Bring sun screen and your camera! NOTES: boats circle the island which has a light house but they are not allowed...more
The most prestigious golf course in Punta del Este is the Cantegril C.C. During the summer, it hosts the most important tournaments for which is really hard to get a tee time. Some people are scheduled to start as early as 6 am. The course is very nice with bermudagrass fairways and bentgrass greens.more
Hello,You can rent a car in Thrifty or Europcar.You can tour Punta del Este with audio guides in your iPhone athttp://audioguides.travel/Uruguay/Maldonado-Punta-del-Este/en_us/You can dance in Moby Dick till sunrise, opposite to the port.You can enjoy La Barra in the night, and don't miss Jose Ignacio!more
Make sure you visit both Mansa and Brava beaches, they are very different not only because of the water (one calmer than the otehr) but because of the people, the mansa is better to go and relax and the brava is where the people go to show off a little bit (specially near manantiales).more