Top things to do in Punta del Este

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 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…
Jazz in Punta del Este

Medio y Medio

This jazz club and restaurant near the beach in Punta Ballena brings in top-name performers from Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.
Uruguayan in Punta del Este

El Chancho y la Coneja

Owners Horacio (the pig) and Karina (the rabbit) named this rustic backstreet hideaway for their Chinese zodiac animals. Well-chosen blues and jazz numbers, yellow brick walls, artsy light fixtures and distressed-wo…
International in Punta del Este


Rustic wood tables, exposed brick walls, retro decor, and tasty food at affordable prices make this one of the peninsula's most attractive lunch spots. Friendly young owners Luciana and Sebastian offer service with …
International in Punta del Este


Popular for its varied menu and moderate (by Punta standards) prices, this bright little eatery decked out with blond-wood tables and red-and-white chairs serves tacos, salads, sandwiches and more substantial fish a…
International in Punta del Este

Lo de Tere

Even with early-bird discounts (20% to 40% between noon and 1pm and 7pm to 8pm), Lo de Tere is hard on the wallet, but you won't find finer food anywhere in Punta. The wide-ranging menu includes black-crab ravioli, …
Seafood in Punta del Este

Cuatro Mares

Fresh fish is the big draw at the 'Four Seas' restaurant, up near the lighthouse in the older residential part of Punta. Three or four deliciously grilled specials are on offer daily, but if you insist on something …
Island in Punta del Este

Isla Gorriti

Boats leave every half hour or so (daily from December through Carnaval, weekends rest of year) from Punta del Este’s yacht harbor for the 15-minute trip to this nearby island, which has excellent sandy beaches, a c…
Bar in Punta del Este

Capi Bar

Launched in 2015, Punta del Este's first artisanal brewpub serves up its own Capitán home brew along with craft beers from all over Uruguay. The classy, low-lit interior also makes a nice place to linger over reason…