South America boasts a bevy of beautiful beaches and there are many countries you can visit to spend a relaxing time in the warm sun but few have the concentration of stunning beaches that Uruguay does.
Furthermore, few South American countries blend so perfectly the natural draw of sun-soaked playas and the man-made draw of nightlife than Uruguay does. If you are looking to enjoy warm waves and sun rays during the day but replace them with strobe lights and thumping beats by night, Punta Del Este Uruguay may be the perfect South American locale for you.
Punta Del Este Uruguay beaches draw people from all over the globe every summer. While the rest of the year, the population of this city is pretty modest, when the temperature turns up in the summer months Punta Del Este becomes one of the liveliest regions in Uruguay.
It is a hot spot for rich celebrities and modest travelers looking to play amongst the waves and take in the exciting night life in Punta Del Este. There 13 main beaches in Punta Del Este and they are divided into 2 regions: the Mansa and the Brava or the tame and the fierce referring to the nature of the waves.
Punta Del Este Uruguay Beaches
The great thing about the beaches of Punta Del Este is that they offer something for everyone. If you are a surfer you are going to want to head over to either Playa Chileno or El Emir or both. The intensity of the wind on these beaches is perfect for those looking for some “tasty waves” to use the vernacular of noted fictional surfer and burnout Jeff Spicoli.
If you are feeling adventurous or simply want to get an “all-around” tan you can head over to Chihuahua beach which is the destination for sun-loving nudists.
Many celebrities vacation in Punta Del Este and you can see them lounging at Playa Manantiales. Just make sure you don’t get too start struck and you should blend in just fine.
With great beaches there is usually great salt water fishing and Punta Del Este is no exception. You can cast your line right off the Punta del Este port or you can join a sea fishing charter.
Nightlife in Punta del Este
There are many things to do in Punta del Este that have nothing to do with the breathtaking beaches. La Barra is a stretch of bars and nightclubs and offer familiar cocktails and local favorites. Sioux and Splendido are two clubs on La Barra each offering their own unique flavor: the former a more modern dance club and the former a great place to mellow out and hear some cool jazz.
The Buddha Bar is one of the new restaurant-nightclub combinations and serves delicious sushi and has an Asian décor motif. There is a bar or a club for the mood of every different traveler in Punta Del Este but be warned: some clubs are very exclusive and difficult to gain access to.
It’s not all about nightlife and beaches in Punta del Este however. If you want to take in some culture you should check out the Catedral de San Fernando which is one of Uruguay’s most celebrated churches. It was built 1895 and took an astounding 94 years to construct.
Punta del Este is also one of the fashion capitals of the world and the most popular fashion show is held at the Conrad Hotel in January. For more information about Uruguayan culture, take a look at La luz Mala Legend in Uruguay.