Beaches of Punta del Este
By Viator, August 2012
For sweeping views of Punta del Este, such as at the Sauce Lagoon and Gorriti Island, head to “The Chilean.” Here you’ll find thick sand and transparent waters, and opportunities for whale watching, kite surfing, fishing and swimming.
Located in between The Chilean and the port of Punta del Este is Playa Mansa, or Gentle Beach, well-known for its calm, inviting waters. It’s typically frequented by families and is located on the Rio de La Plata, with basically no wind, crystal clear waters and thick sand. The depth of the water changes, being very deep near The Chilean and getting more shallow as you approach the port. Jet-skiing, swimming and sunbathing are popular activities, as well as taking in the views of Isla Gorriti.
If you’re in the mood to see models and celebrities, Bikini Beach in La Barra is where you should head. For some live entertainment, they often hold fashion shows right on the beach. Additionally, this lively beach features a fun open air bar serving fresh cocktails and typical foods, while at night a DJ helps to continue the party.
For those who like to bare all, Chihuahua Beach is the local nudist beach. It’s located a few miles from the center of town, and also features a designated gay area. Freshwater lagoons and fine white sand aren’t the only things attracting people to the area, as the beach personifies an “anything goes” mentality. You can even stay at the beach’s all-inclusive nude resort, Chihuahhua Resort.