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Punta del Este

Luxurious summer residences, tall seafront buildings, enormous yachts, luxury hotels and restaurants make this the most glamorous resort in the Americas.

Where luxury and nature meet, Punta del Este is internationally recognized as one of the most important resorts in the Americas and the most exclusive in the region. It is located in the department of Maldonado, just an hour and a half from the capital. Luxurious summer residences, tall seafront buildings, enormous yachts, luxury hotels and restaurants make this the most glamorous resort in the Americas. Not surprisingly, it has been chosen as the summer destination of celebrities like the designer Ralph Lauren, the football player Zinedine Zidane, Metallica singer James Hetfield and the Columbian singer Shakira. Around the city the visitor will find a wide range of recreational activities on offer, including exhibition halls, restaurants, pubs, discos, antique shops, art galleries, cinemas, theaters and a lively nightlife. This city resort is chosen to host luxurious parties, the fashion shows of prestigious brands and a wide range of large-scale cultural events such as the International Jazz Festival, the International Film Festival and exhibitions by well-known contemporary artists. Punta del Este is also a unique natural destination. With over 20 km of coast and tall hills overlooking the sea, the resort also offers charming places and landscapes for those who come in search of absolute tranquility. The point where the two most famous beaches, Playa Mansa and Playa Brava, meet, marks the end of the Río de la Plata and the start of the Atlantic Ocean. The resort has grown westward forming Punta Ballena and eastward forming La Barra and José Ignacio. The diversity of its coast and its fine white sand make it an ideal destination for sports like surfing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, motor-boating, sailing, fishing and yachting. On dry land, the stage is set for tourists to engage in other sports such as polo, golf, tennis or rugby. In short, Punta del Este is synonymous with endless alternatives to satisfy the needs of the most demanding and diverse tourists.

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    • Gorlero and 20th Street - An outdoor shopping area where the most recognized global brands converge, from Christian Dior to Benetton, together with first class traditional Uruguayan products. One of the focal points of the city is Gorlero Avenue, the resort’s main street. The tourist life of Punta del Este developed around this avenue and on it you can find shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, casinos, shops and much more.
    • Casapueblo – Located 20 minutes from Punta del Este, this Mediterranean-style house was built by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, and has become an architectural icon of the resort. The peculiar building currently operates as a modern art museum and in the summer evenings several cultural activities are held there.
    • The Ralli Museum – A widely recommended trip displaying the work of contemporary Latin American artists of great importance in the present. The museum, located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, also boasts a number of sculptures by Salvador Dali and an exclusive sample of the English artist John Robinson.
    • Pablo Atchugarry Foundation – This cultural space created by the renowned Uruguayan sculptor, who is based in Italy, Pablo Atchugarry, provides tourists with an unusual encounter with different samples of art. Together with display rooms, Atchugarry has his workshop where, between December and March, he works on his large Carrara marble creations.
    • Trips to the Gorriti and De Lobos Islands – Getting to know these natural areas next to the peninsula is a must for tourists who come in search of the areas of their dreams. Gorriti Island, located in front of the port of Punta del Este, has two beautiful beaches, Puerto Jardín and Playa Honda. The latter faces away from Punta del Este and has a beach bar, as well as several open-air barbeques which can be used by tourists. The De Lobos Island, meanwhile, is home to the largest colony of sea lions in South America and is located opposite the ocean beaches of Punta del Este, 12 km from the coast.