Find out which are the best attractions to visit in Punta del Este

Punta del Este is one of the most famous resorts in the South America, being a destination for cruises and tourists ready to enjoy its numerous beaches. Praia Brava is one of the most outstanding in the local scene, largely because of the sculpture Punta del Este hand, or Los Dedos, as it is popularly known. The sands are an invitation for delicious sunbathing, while the sea unfolds in bluish tones, with the rippling waves inviting for a dip.

THE Casapueblo is one of most interesting attractions to discover in Punta del Este. Combining hotel, museum and art gallery, it has a unique architecture, several exhibitions by regional artists, as well as a swimming pool, restaurant and even horse riding. On the other hand, whoever seeks to experience the best bars, shops, restaurants and walk along the entertainment hub must explore the Gorlero Avenue.

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The blue walls and earthy roof give charm to the Church of Nossa Senhora da Candelária, another Montevideo must-see attraction. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the space has a rich collection of sacred objects, in addition to being in a charming region, which deserves to be explored. Between milk sweets, good barbecues and all the animation of the Uruguayan people, your trip to Punta del Este will only be complete when enjoying the emotions of Casino Nogaró by Mantra. The space is a complete multi-entertainment center, with more than 4,200 meters, with slot machines, poker games, card games, in addition to bars and other attractions.

Finally, completing your script by Punta del Este, be sure to stop by the city's Lighthouse, which is surrounded by a delightful green area, as well as offering a great setting for photos and a spectacular view of the resort.

Things to do in Punta del Este

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A great attraction to discover in Punta del Este, this property offers tourists a great restaurant, as well as exhibitions of photographs, paintings and sculptures by regional artists. The hotel area, with its striking architecture, has 56 rooms, top quality service, as well as a swimming pool, golf, tennis and other water activities.

Gorlero Avenue

One of the most important avenues in the city, it has several restaurants, as well as clothing stores, souvenirs and coffee shops. It is a strategic point for tourists, where it is possible to find currency exchange bureaus, restaurants, as well as attractions to receive families and groups of friends. At night, the region is usually a point of excitement and entertainment.

Punta del Este Lighthouse

Built in 1860, this elegant lighthouse is erected to guide ships passing through the busy estuary of the River Plate. It is 45 meters high, offering tourists an enchanting view of the city and its waterfront, in addition to being surrounded by a well-kept green area. It is very popular at sunset.

Punta del Este hand

One of the most famous postcards of Punta del Este, the statue of Punta del Este was built by the Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal in 1981, on the edge of Praia Brava. Its shape of a hand sticking out of the sands gave it the nickname of The Fingers.

Praia Brava

Praia Brava itself is one of the best and most sought after on the coast of Punta del Este. Its soft sands and rough sea form an enchanting setting, inviting tourists to take a dip or relax in the sun. The strong waves of the beach are a separate attraction for lovers of surfing and other extreme water sports.

Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

One of the most charming churches in the Uruguay, this azure-walled, brown-roofed temple came to life in 1910, having undergone some changes over time. Inside there is an image of Our Lady of Candelária from Spain.

Casino Nogaro by Mantra

Those who like to bet on luck cannot fail to explore the dozens of rooms with the most varied card games and slot machines that make up the 4,200 meters of this incredible casino. Having hosted world-renowned figures over the decades, such as Vinícius de Moraes and even Che Guevara, a night out is well worth experiencing.

Other places to visit in Punta del Este:

– Los Ingleses Beach
– La Barra
– Splash Water Park
– Museum of the Sea

How to get to Punta del Este

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The easiest way to get to Punta del Este it is through the Carrasco International Airport (MVD), which serves the capital, Montevideo. From there, it is possible to rent a car and continue on the IB highway for 2 hours. It is also possible to follow the route by bus.

Best time to visit Punta del Este

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In order to enjoy the beaches, the best time to visit Punta del Este It is between the months of November and March.

The resort is usually more crowded between Christmas and Carnival, the summer time, when the temperature is around 20°C. Even though it's hot in the summer, it's important to bring a coat in your suitcase. It is quite windy in the city and the nights tend to get colder.

Where to stay in Punta del Este

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The center of Punta del Este concentrates the hotel structure and the main tourist attractions of the city.

THE BW Punta del Este San Marcos Eco Hotel it overlooks Praia Bravo, a few kilometers away from some tourist attractions and the city's shopping mall.

THE Enjoy Punta del Este It is one of the most sought after options. With a casino, spa, 2 swimming pools, 2 tennis courts and 4 restaurants, the hotel offers luxurious accommodation on the beachfront in La Mansa. Another cheaper option with a great location is the Aqua Hotel.

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