Punta del Este
Glamorous beaches, delicious cuisine and bespoke wine experiences
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este is no longer the complete secret it once was, but maintains a strong appeal for those seeking a relaxed vibe in glamorous surroundings. In addition to beach strolling and dips in the Atlantic, there are handicraft stalls, a couple of nearby museums, including the internationally acclaimed Ralli Museum, which displays modern art, with a focus on Latin America and Europe, including a hearty dose of surrealist pieces.
Nightlife starts late here, and goes on until the wee hours, so maybe falling asleep on the beach (in the shade) in the afternoon isn’t a bad idea after all. Punta del Este is busiest when South America is on vacation, and during the peak warm months of January and February. Shoulder seasons are also popular, but visits and services drop off in the winter months.
We like to pair a visit to Punta del Este and nearby wineries with a stay at VIK at José Ignacio, about 30 kms away, where there is a more private, and exclusive vibe for those who seek it. Also plan to eat at least one meal at world-renowned Chef Francis Mallman’s restaurant Garzon, in the tiny inland hamlet of the same name, which is located nearby.
When to Go
We recommend visiting November through March.
How to Arrive
Los Angeles: 10 hrs 45 min New York: 10 hrs 40 min Miami: 8 hrs 20 min London: 14 hrs 45 min
Good to know
Language: Spanish Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU) Visas/fees: Travel to Uruguay does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers.
What to do in Punta del Este, Uruguay
Ready to go? Here’s what to pack
Punta del Este is a sunny beach town with a bohemian vibe. Trade your work suites for bathing suits and don’t forget the SPF.
- Bathing suits
- Lounge clothing
- Walking sandals
- Sunblock and sun protection
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Tips from our Team
The tour in Colinas de Garzón is one of the best presentations on olive oil production that we have seen. This a a must visit for anyone visiting Punta del Este!
Be sure to experience the incredible views of the coastline from Alto de la Ballena’s tasting room. Be sure to try their Merlot!
We are a big fan of Francis Mallman, and his restaurant El Garzon lives up to it’s great reputation.