Top things to do

Top Choice Sculpture in Punta del Este

La Mano en la Arena

Punta’s most famous landmark is this monster-sized sculpted hand protruding from the sands of Playa Brava. Constructed in iron and cement by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, it won first prize in a monumental art c…
Top Choice Seafood in Piriápolis

Café Picasso

Hidden down a residential backstreet several blocks from the beach, septuagenarian chef-owner Carlos has converted his carport and front room into an informal, colorfully decorated restaurant with open-air grill. Lo…
Top Choice Gallery in Punta del Este


Gleaming white in the sun and cascading nine stories down a cliffside, Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró’s exuberantly whimsical villa and art gallery sits atop Punta Ballena, a jutting headland 15km west of Punta…
Top Choice Italian in Punta del Diablo

Resto-Pub 70

Run by an Italian family from the Veneto, this portside eatery serves divine, reasonably priced homemade pasta such as lasagne alle cipolle (veggie lasagna with walnuts and caramelized onions), accompanied by UR$50 …
Top Choice Seafood in José Ignacio

Parador La Huella

Mingle with José Ignacio's beautiful people at this chic beachside eatery, which specializes in sushi, grilled fish and clay-oven-fired pizza, all served up with dreamy ocean views.
Lighthouse in La Paloma

El Faro del Cabo Santa María

The 1874 completion of this local lighthouse marked La Paloma’s genesis as a summer beach resort. The unfinished first attempt collapsed in a violent storm, killing 17 French and Italian workers, who are buried near…
Conservation Organization in Around Piriápolis

SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina

Ten kilometers south of Piriápolis is Uruguay’s premier marine-animal rescue and rehabilitation center, SOS Rescate de Fauna Marina. Run entirely by volunteers, its emphasis is on educating schoolchildren, who can a…
Museum in Maldonado

Museo Didáctico Artiguista

A colonial relic, the Cuartel de Dragones is a block of military fortifications with stone walls and iron gates, built between 1771 and 1797. Inside, the Museo Didáctico Artiguista displays colorful maps tracing the…
Club in Punta del Este

Ocean Club

One of Punta's best and most reliable beach clubs, in the dunes between Punta and La Barra.
Club in Punta del Este


Another dependable year-round dance spot featuring live bands and international DJs.