Live the Luxury Lifestyle in Uruguay
The glamorous resort of Punta del Este has been the place for Argentinians and international jet setters to flock to for years when taking a Uruguay holiday . This is a really happening spot where you can sunbathe all day and party all night. Here are best of the best things to see and do whilst on holiday here.
Relax on Playa Mansa
This beach is one of the two that make up the resort of Punta del Este. Playa Mansa is the quieter one, while Playa Brava tends to be busier. The shallow, calm waters and gently sloping sands here make it perfect for families and great for swimming. The offshore Gorriti Island protects the beach from the wind. If you’re looking for water-sports, you’ll be better off heading to Playa Brava.
Wander Around Jose Ignacio
This sleepy fishing village, a short distance from Punta del Este is an up-and-coming destination. There’s a lovely laidback vibe here which makes it an enjoyable place to spend at least an afternoon, watching the fishermen pull in their nets and enjoying some of the local seafood in a beachfront restaurant. You’ll find some of the region’s most stylish boutique hotels here, so many choose to actually stay here and visit Punta del Este for the nightlife.
Do a Wine Tour
Organised tour companies such as The Wine Experience offer all-inclusive daily wine tours from Punta del Este. Accompanied by a private guide, you’ll be escorted to a few nearby wineries where you’ll enjoy wine tastings and a wine-paired gourmet lunch as well as a multi-course evening meal at sunset. If you like, you can even go horse-riding from the estates, chat with the winemakers and owners and explore the cellars of the bodegas.
Visit Isla de Lobos
This day trip takes passengers out by boat from the port of Punta del Este to the Isla de Lobos 8 kilometres offshore – famous for its sea lion colonies. The animals within this protected nature reserve are friendly and curious and will swim up to you to take a closer look. It’s a fantastic experience for adults and kids alike.
Party in La Barra
The best parties can be found in the bar-rich area of La Barra. Bars, pubs and clubs pile up next to each other to create a wild atmosphere. Some of the bigger clubs, such as Ocean Club, provide a whole night of entertainment from food and drinks to international DJs and bands. A lot of the big hotels along the front regularly hold rather fabulous beach parties, but these more often than not require an exclusive invitation.
Do a Day Trip to Colonia de Sacramento
A few hours’ drive from Punta, this old village is still really worth a visit. Standing on the tip of a peninsula is the old, walled part of the city. You walk in across a wooden drawbridge, where the peaceful cobbled streets aren’t thronged by tourists. The rustic buildings and old street signs on every corner seem as if they have been left unaltered for a hundred years. It’s a very pretty spot with lovely cafes and views across the waters to the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires.
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