Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Punta del Este

Casapueblo

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 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…
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

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,…
Island in Punta del Este

Isla Gorriti

Boats leave every half-hour or so (daily in season, weekends in off-season) from Punta del Este’s yacht harbor for the 15-minute trip to this nearby island, which has excellent sandy beaches, a couple of restaurants…
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…
Port in Punta del Este

Yacht Harbor

In summertime, Punta del Este's busy yacht harbor overflows with beautiful people, who come to see and be seen at the surrounding restaurants and clubs. The harbor is also the departure point for boat tours to Isla …
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).
Lighthouse in Punta del Este

Lighthouse

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

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.