Punta del Este is a vibrant beach resort located in South America, widely described as the St Tropez of the continent. It is a popular destination for tourists, offering a wide range of activities and attractions. From surfing and windsurfing to snorkeling and skimboarding, there is something for everyone. With its stunning beaches, luxurious beach clubs, and lively nightlife, Punta del Este is the perfect place to spend your vacation. The most popular beach in Punta del Este is Playa Brava, also known as Playa de los Dedos (Beach of the Fingers).
This beach is famous for its highly photographed sculpture La Mano (The Hand), by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, which represents five gigantic human fingers that protrude from the sand. Playa Brava is a great spot for swimming and sunbathing, and it also has beachside restaurants of different sizes and exclusivity. It is patrolled by lifeguards in the busy summer season. Another popular beach in Punta del Este is Bikini Beach. This beach is perfect for those looking for a quiet place to watch people go by, chat with lifeguards, rent a surfboard, or just play cards.
Bikini Beach also has a beach bar where you can stay and watch the sunset and have dinner at The Fish Market, just down the street. Playa Mansa is located on the side of the Rio de la Plata and has milder conditions compared to Playa Brava on the Atlantic coast. Las Delicias and Pinares are beautiful but relatively quiet beaches located to the east of Punta del Este. On the west side, La Barra is another party beach where people from the jet set come to swim and sunbathe. Pine Beach is a long stretch of beach north of downtown Punta, with small undulating waves and ideal for skimboarding. A boat trip to Gorriti Island, just 2 km (1 mile) across the sea, has more beautiful beaches and old fortifications.
A must-see is the Museo del Mar (Calle de los Corsarios), which houses a peculiar collection of whale skeletons, turtle shells and other marine oddities. In Punta del Este, you can find something for everyone - from cities to airports, cruise ports, ski and beach resorts, attractions and events. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to relax or an exciting nightlife experience, Punta del Este has it all.