South America Living

Punta del Este, Uruguay Travel Information

Playa Mansa (Calm Sea Beach) at Punta de Este, Uruguay

Where the rich and famous go… or at least the very rich. Punta del Este is touted the “St. Tropez” of South America and for good reason. A short walk visiting areas downtown and you could easily be forgiven for thinking you´ve landed in Beverly Hills, CA.

In addition to the high-end tourist infrastructure you would expect such as nightclubs, restaurants and department stores of all shapes and sizes, the seaside resort also contains a port (with mooring faciilities), casino (Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino), commercial galleries and a handicraft market. To check out the seagulls, sealions and fresh fish vendors view: Photos & Video of Punta del Este Marina

Lighthouse in Punta del Este

There is a 45 metre tall lighthouse with 150 spiral-staircase steps separating you from the top and the magnificent 360 degree view. The peninsula of Punta del Este is a piece of land separating the Rio de la Plata and Atlantic Ocean

A favorite attraction for tourists near Punta del Este is Isla de Gorriti – a former prison site that now features a nature reserve. It is a short boat ride to Puerto Cañón (Canon Port), on the East coast of the island. There is a small restaurant but no overnight facilities.

Punta del Este is approximately 2 hours from the capital city of Montevideo by car or bus. It is just 20 minutes from its more tranquil neighboring seaside town – Piriápolis.

There is an international airport in Punta del Este (second largest in Uruguay) – Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport.

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