Attractive beaches line the coast on both sides of Punta del Este, a popular tourist destination in Uruguay. To the east, Las Delicias and Pinares are stunning yet tranquil beaches. On the west side, Bikini and La Barra are the go-to spots for those looking to party and soak up the sun. Other must-see attractions include La Barra, Punta Ballena, Casa Pueblo, Pan de Azúcar, and an island where you can swim with sea lions.
Punta del Este is located in the department of Maldonado, near the departmental capital of Maldonado, on the Atlantic coast in southern Uruguay. It's a two-hour drive from Montevideo and a bit further from the Brazilian border. You can also get there by bus from Canelones and Rocha, as well as from Colonia del Sacramento, Minas, Durazno and Salto. Prices drop after January 15th, so if you're looking for a more affordable trip, this is the time to go.
The sunsets in the port of Punta del Este, La Barra or José Ignacio are not to be missed. If you're visiting for the day from Montevideo, it's best to bring your own lunch since food in Punta del Este can be pricey. The Uruguayan peninsula of Punta del Este is a paradise of beaches, sophistication, and vibrant nightlife. Every year brings something new to experience, so you never know what you'll find when you visit.
If you don't have a car, it's best to stay on the peninsula since buses are few and taxis are expensive.