For the first
time tourist in Punta del Este, there is an endless number of drives to make.
Really, all Punta del Este is a drive, it's a garden city and no matter where
you go you will see beautiful houses, careful gardens with plants brought from
all parts of the world, ample avenues and boulevards and a cleanness difficult
to find in other South American cities.
Without doubts, the forced strolls are:
- The Peninsula, the
Gorlero Avenue, with its commercial center, the Plaza de Artesanos (craftsmen),
the lighthouse, the Rambla, that surrounds the peninsula, the port with the
sea wolves eating the leftover of the fishing boats... It is a stroll that
can be done so much in car, as in bicycle or walking. Really it is worthwhile...
- La Barra, not only the
river Maldonado itself but the town that was generated on its coasts. Very
colorful, with splendid beaches. In January it is the Top zone of Punta del
- José Ignacio, another
originally fishermen town that transformed itself into a redoubt of famous
that own summer properties where to spend its vacations with total tranquility
and away so much of the press as of fans.
- Punta Ballena, towards
the other side, offers incredible views and landscapes, as much watching
towards Punta del Este like towards Piriápolis. The Bay of Portezuelo is
magnificent and you can contemplate a spectacular sunset in a flat and calm
- Isla de Gorriti, with
the rest of the Spanish fortifications and incredible beaches. The boat is
taken in the Port. There is regular service.
- Isla de Lobos, the
biggest reserve in the world of the South American sea lion, is an unforgettable
experience. There is regular service.
Punta del Este is
characterized particularly by the beauty of its beaches. It is perhaps the
activity more practiced in summer... to go to the beach. In addition, being a
peninsula, it has different types of coast. On one side, you will see the
sunrise with the wild ocean as frame, on the other, you'll see the sunset with
the Gorriti Island and the Bay of Punta del Este.
There is always a protected beach from the wind and with
different conditions of the sea. If you like the barren sea, you should go to
the Mansa Beach, that is a spectacular bay with the Gorriti Island just in front
and all the sun of the afternoon. Many water based activities can be practiced,
like water skiing, windsurfing, diving, or just simply swimming. If you like the
waves and the powerful sea, you should go to the Brava Beach, where you may
practice surfing, body boarding and also windsurfing or kite surfing. And swim,
The coast is very long and allows you to choose the exact beach according to
Punta del Este has a great number of Public Parks that can be
visited daily. To have detailed information about these parks, visit our section
Where to go.
And for the lovers of culture, Maldonado is
of museums. To have detailed information about these museums, visit
our section Museums.