Punta del Este is one of the main seaside towns of Uruguay and maybe the most known throughout the world. Punta del Este owes its fame and reputation to the beauty of its beaches, the wide range of facilities it offers, as well as the important amount of restaurants, pubs, discos, and other entertainment related spots tourists can enjoy.
The Uruguayan town of Punta del Este has gone from an almost deserted area to a fully populated city in the last two centuries. At beginnings of the XIX century, the area of Punta del Este was mainly seen as a fishing spot, and was undiscovered as a tourism area yet. To the date, it has become one of the most attractive seaside cities of not only Uruguay, but the entire southern area of South American region as well, receiving more than 250,000 visitors per year.
Punta del Este is a region shaped as a peninsula which enters into the Atlantic Ocean. This way, this area has an important extension of beaches which can be easily accessed from almost any point of the town. Punta del Este is a peninsula which consists on a long and narrow extension of land surrounded by ocean waters, and providing a great environment for all type of sea related activities and sports, from surfing, sailing and jet skiing, to swimming or simply sunbathing.
Picture of a beach of Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
Visitors who approach Punta del Este during summer time, and many times during winter as well, hardly ever can feel bored. During summer time, this city becomes completely full of activity and movement the twenty four hours of the day, every day. During day light, visitors can go to any of its beaches, practice sports, go to restaurants, go shopping, or even meet the big hand in the sand, a very peculiar sculpture which is part of Punta del Este’s iconic elements.
Picture of the Hand Sculpture of Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
Once the sun goes down, visitors also have a very broad range of options. During summer nights, there is an amazing amount of discos open all night long in this city, some of them even until 8 am in the morning. Besides this, Punta del Este’s night also offers other activities, such as going to a casino, meeting with friends at a pub, or simply walking around enjoying a landscape characterized by city lights mixed with a beautiful natural environment.