Punta del Este

Punta del Este is one of Uruguay’s most popular tourist destinations. It is the playground of US celebrities and wealthy Brazilians and Argentinians alike. The peninsula consists of a strip of land that juts into the Atlantic creating two main beaches with dramatically different conditions. The calmer Playa Mansa has fine sand and tame waters while the rougher Playa Brava has grainy golden sand and bigger swells. The marker dividing the two beaches is La Mana de Punta del Este, the iconic beach sculpture of the hand in the sand. The area is also home to the delightful la Gorlero, a boutique-lined avenue where visitors can shop, dine and rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

Getting there

The easiest way to get to Punta del Este is to fly directly to Montevideo. Flights to Montevideo are available from most major American, Canadian and European cities. Alternatively, you could fly to Buenos Aires and take the ferry to Montevideo. Thereafter you can hop on a bus to Tres Cruces, Punta del Este’s main bus station. The bus journey takes between two-and-a-half hours. Private transportation by taxi or chauffeur can also be arranged. Punta del Este is also home to a well-known marina and is a popular stop for cruise liners and wealthy argentine yachts. North Americans and get a non-stop or a one-stop flight from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and Ottawa.