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Mansa Beach (Playa Mansa)
Mansa Beach (Playa Mansa)

Mansa Beach (Playa Mansa)

Free admission
Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Basics

With a name that translates as “tame” in English, Mansa Beach is protected from strong ocean currents and is therefore a family-friendly alternative to the big swells of Punta del Este’s other beach—Brava. Locals and tourists alike flock to Mansa’s wide, sandy shores for sunbathing, swimming, and sunset watching. A wooden bridge crosses a section of the bay for gorgeous views of the peninsula and Gorriti Island.

Most Punta del Este sightseeing tours include a stop at the beach.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A handful of beach vendors rent lounge chairs and umbrellas.

  • Jet Skis and other water sports rentals are an option for visitors looking for more action.

  • Plenty of dining choices are available at the many restaurants lining the beach.

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How to Get There

Mansa Beach is located on the southwestern coast of Punta del Este, just south of Maldonado and about a 2-hour drive from Montevideo. The beach is within walking distance of most Punta del Este resorts, or a short taxi ride from those outside the city center.

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When to Get There

The best beach weather is December through February (summer in South America), but it’s also the most crowded time. In early December, the annual ePrix electric-car race attracts droves of racing enthusiasts. Go in October or November to enjoy warm weather and more space to stretch out.

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One Day in Punta del Este

Touted as having some of the most beautiful beaches in South America—and also some of the highest prices—tony Punta del Este has fast become a favorite destination for well-heeled vacationers from Uruguay and Argentina. Aside from beach cabanas and mojito bars, highlights include the Gaudí-esque Casapueblo, the avant-garde Hand sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal, and a drive across the Puente de la Barra bridge, which mimics the curves of an ocean wave.

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