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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…
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.
Clothing in Punta del Este

Manos del Uruguay

The local branch of Uruguay’s national cooperative, selling fine woolens.
Arts & Crafts in Punta del Este

Feria de los Artesanos

Artisan fair on Punta’s central square.
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.
Seafood in Punta del Este

Lo de Charlie

Owned by a fishing buddy of local artist Carlos Páez Vilaró and decorated with some of his work, this is one of Punta’s premier restaurants. The culinary delights include gazpacho, paella, risotto, homemade pasta, f…
Italian in Punta del Este

Il Baretto

Candlelit garden seating on plush chairs and couches provides a romantic setting for ‘after-beach’ drinks, along with homemade pasta, pizza and desserts.
Seafood in Punta del Este


Virazón serves great seafood. Grab a spot on the beachside deck and have fun watching the waiters try to look dignified as they cross the street with loaded trays.