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 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…
Museum in Punta del Este

Museo Ralli

In the suburb called Beverly Hills, this museum displays a wide-ranging collection of works by contemporary Latin American artists.
Island in Punta del Este

Isla de Lobos

About 10km offshore, this small island is home to the world’s second-largest southern sea-lion colony (200,000 at last count), along with colonies of southern fur seals and South America’s tallest lighthouse. The is…
Beach in Punta del Este

Outlying Beaches

From Playa Mansa, west along Rambla Williman, the main beach areas are La Pastora, Marconi, Cantegril, Las Delicias, Pinares, La Gruta at Punta Ballena, and Portezuelo. Eastward, along Rambla Lorenzo Batlle Pacheco,…
Lighthouse in Punta del Este


Down near the tip of the peninsula, on a quiet square in a residential neighborhood, Punta del Este's small lighthouse is a picturesque landmark.
Beach in Punta del Este

Town Beaches

Beaches are the big daytime draw in sunny Punta. On the peninsula's western (Río de la Plata) side, Rambla Gral Artigas snakes past calm Playa Mansa, then passes the busy yacht harbor, overflowing with boats, restau…
Beach in Punta del Este

Playa Mansa

This calm river beach straddles the western (Río de la Plata) side of Punta del Este's long narrow peninsula.
Beach in Punta del Este

Playa Brava

This beach on the eastern (Atlantic Ocean) side of Punta del Este's long peninsula has rougher water, as reflected in the name Playa Brava (Fierce Beach).
Beach in Punta del Este

Playa El Emir

This small beach on the eastern (Atlantic Ocean) side of Punta del Este's peninsula gets good waves, making it popular with surfers.