Punta del Este Travel Guide

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Punta del Este Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beaches, sunsets, people 

  • Con
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     In summer it gets really crowded 

  • In a nutshell
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     Gorgeous location and tourist destination in the small country of Uruguay. 

Punta del Este Things to Do

  • isla de lobos

    The Island counts on slightly more than 180,000 seals. In the majority of the zoological and marine aquaria of the world the seals amaestradas are copies of sea lions of this island

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  • Museo del Mar

    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...

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  • walk in the port

    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...

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  • Marina/Harbor

    Maybe it is the nicest place of this cool city.The landscape is awesome, and often you watch sea lions less one meter distance of you!!Amazing thing !

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  • Iglesia de la Candelaria

    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...

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  • Artist workshop

    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.

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Punta del Este Hotels

Punta del Este Restaurants

  • parrila

    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...

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  • Best Dulce de Leche in the land

    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...

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  • Pay by the weight seafood

    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...

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Punta del Este Nightlife

  • Boliches, bares...

    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....

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  • Nightclubs

    La Barra is where almost all the nightlife scene is in Punta del Este, i wont recommend specific places cause they change from year to year, just go to these area and choose the place you prefer casual/smart

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Punta del Este Transportation

  • Punta to/from MDV airport

    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...

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  • Buenos Aires to Punta del Este

    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:...

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  • Rent a car

    The best way to get around is to rent a car. If you are staying at Casa Pueblo, there is nothing nearby. It is several miles to the nearest restaurant or mercado.There are no buses after you get off the main roads.Economy cars are under $200 for a week but fuel is expensive.

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Punta del Este Shopping

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    Souvenirs galore

    by DSwede Written Feb 17, 2013

    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.

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Punta del Este Local Customs

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    lounge

    by kyoub Written Apr 9, 2008

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    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.

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Punta del Este Warnings and Dangers

  • Stickers on the cars

    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...

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  • Completely deserted outside of very...

    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...

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  • Hungry Mosquitos

    The mosquito netting hanging near the bed is not just for decoration. There are mosquitos here and they are large and hungry. We found that out the hard way. There was a screen in the door but we noticed the next morning that it had a small hole in it. That is all they needed.

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Punta del Este What to Pack

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    View from balcony

    by kyoub Updated Apr 9, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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Punta del Este Off The Beaten Path

  • Maldonado

    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...

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  • Boat trip to Isla de Lobos

    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...

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  • Between Avenues

    Make sure you explore whats between the avenues in Punta, you will find endless blocks of very nice houses with perfect green lawns and a real quiet atmosphere, worth taking a walk or a drive.

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Punta del Este Sports & Outdoors

  • Gliders

    I am not sure what this is called, is it hang gliding?We saw a lot of these near the hotel. They were using the cliffs as a starting point.

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  • La Barra Golf Club

    Opened in 1994, La Barra Golf Club is the newest golf course in Punta del Este. It is a par 72 Scottish style design with very few trees and the sea winds getting into play.

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  • Golf at Cantegril C.C.

    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.

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Punta del Este Favorites

  • Car rental, audio guides, dancing

    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!

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  • Mansa/Brava

    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).

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Explore Deeper into Punta del Este
Seafoods and others with the view of the marina
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La Mano
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Walk along the beach.
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If you visit Punta del Este you have to go here
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Lookout -Ruta Panoramica
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Observation deck
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Watch the sunset
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Seabirds
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The hand
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Seaview
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Visit the Casa Pueblo
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Cozy and Local
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Cuisine of Uruguays most famous chef!
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French Elegance
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De todo
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Casapueblo
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Scooter - Best way to get around!
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One of the World's Best Beaches!
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La Barra Bridge
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Ferry ride to Uruguay
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Do not forget you Sun Screen!
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Gran paisaje
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Gran paisaje
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Take your car or rent one
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Sunset watching at the beach
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Beaches
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Casa Pueblo
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El Faro (lighthouse)
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La Barra
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Beaches at Jose Ignacio
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What? You Have Got To Be Kidding!
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Day Trip From Montevideo
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La Mano
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Beverly Hills
Off The Beaten Path
Beaches - Jose Ignacio is my pick
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Gorlero Street
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Don't miss Casa Pueblo
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Gorlero
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Casapueblo
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Conrad Hotel
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