The Glitz of Punta del Este

Rub elbows with the elite in this elegant Uruguay port of call

La Mano, Punta del Este’s famous landmark, is a giant sculpted hand emerging from the sands of Playa Brava.
Nothing says luxury cruise like a port call in Punta del Este, Uruguay. With a reputation for attracting elite jet-setters, this ritzy beach town is one of the most glitzy vacation spots in South America.

Punta del Este Attractions
With a variety of elegant beaches and glamorous resorts, beaching is always a popular pastime in Punta. Along the Rambla General Artigas (the oceanfront promenade), you’ll find beaches, watersports, cafes, bars, and restaurants. The peninsula is another good spot for beaching, where each stretch of sand seems to attract a different kind of crowd. Playa Mansa offers calmer waters, while Playa Brava is good for surfing and nightlife.

For a break from the sun, visit the unique private home/art gallery of Casa Puebla, a Moorish-style fortress that was once the home of painter Carlos Paez Vilaro. Also pay a visit to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, a tranquil Victorian structure of blue and white. Other things to do in Punta del Este include great golf courses, tennis, discos, and casinos.

Day Trips from Punta

If the less-trodden path is more your style, head to Isla Gorriti, where uncrowded white beaches and the ruins of an 18th-century fort await. Alternately, cruisers can hop on a boat to Isla de Lobos, to visit with colonies of seals and sea lions.

Recommended Restaurants
One of Punta’s leading restaurants is Lo de Charlie, serving Mediterranean cuisine and decorated with the work of local artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. For superb seafood, La Fonda del Pesca or Virazón dish out some of the area’s best.

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