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How to Spend 3 Days in Punta del Este

How to Spend 3 Days in Punta del Este

Punta del Este is Uruguay’s flagship beach resort, and with three days to see it, you’ll have time to take in all the highlights, explore the beaches and coastal resorts, and experience local culture and cuisine. Here are some ideas for how to spend three days in Punta del Este.

Day 1: City Sights and Coastal Views

The beaches and attractions of Punta del Este are dotted along the coast, and joining a tour is the most convenient way to get around. Start the day with a visit to the town’s most memorable landmark, Mario Irrazábal’s The Hand sculpture on Brava beach—get there early to snap a photo before the midmorning crowds arrive.

Nearby, the La Vista 360 tower affords panoramic views over Punta del Este and Uruguay’s south coast. Tickets can sell out during busy periods, so book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Browse the shops for traditional art and handicrafts along Gorlero Avenue and Artigas Square, then enjoy lunch at one of the seafood restaurants looking out across the marina.

Spend the afternoon exploring Punta del Este’s neighborhoods, stopping to see the animal sculptures in Jagüel Park and admire the lavish villas of the Beverly Hills, Cantagril, and San Rafael neighborhoods.

End the day with a visit to the Casapueblo Museum, the masterpiece of Uruguayan artist and architect Carlos Páez Vilaró. Book your tickets in advance to save time, and stick around to watch the daily Ceremony of the Sun at sunset.

Day 2: Swim, Surf, and Sunbathe

Punta del Este is famous for its beautiful beaches, so set aside a day to relax on the golden sands. The windy Atlantic coast beaches are best suited for surfing, windsurfing, and other water sports, while the calmer waters of Playa Mansa and Las Delicias are popular with families and ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

In the afternoon, head to La Barra, where Bikini Beach is Punta del Este’s most glamorous beach, frequented by celebrities and lined with restaurants and beach bars, as well as plenty of beachside entertainment. Tear yourself away from the beach to explore the town, where highlights include the Ocean Museum (Museum del Mar), the wave-like La Barra Bridge, and the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation art museum.

La Barra and neighboring Manantiales are also the best places to party in Punta del Este, so after sunset, sip cocktails and dance into the early hours at one of the beachfront nightclubs.

Day 3: Take a Day Trip

There are a number of options for day trips from Punta del Este, and visiting as part of a half- or full-day tour means that you can explore multiple destinations in one day. Set sail on a morning cruise to Isla de Lobos, a small island just off the south coast renowned for its colonies of sea lions and South American fur seals, as well as South America’s tallest lighthouse.

Back on the mainland, head north to the beach town of José Ignacio, where you can spend the afternoon lazing on the sandy beaches and strolling around the many shops and art galleries. For dinner, tuck into delicious Uruguayan cuisine at La Huella, one of Uruguay’s most famous restaurants—make sure you book your table in advance. Alternatively, opt for a wine-and-cheese-tasting tour and sample regional varietals as you watch the sunset over the Atlantic.

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Skip the Line: Casapueblo Museum Admission Ticket in Punta del Este

Skip the Line: Casapueblo Museum Admission Ticket in Punta del Este

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Secure your entry to Punta del Este’s top cultural attraction by booking your admission ticket for Casapueblo in advance. Formerly the summer home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, the residence is now a museum, art gallery, hotel, and cafe. Spend the afternoon drinking in exhibits dedicated to the artist and don’t miss the Ceremony of the Sun, a poetic performance delivered minutes before sunset.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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La Vista 360 Admission Ticket

La Vista 360 Admission Ticket

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Get the best views in Punta del Este with this prepaid admission ticket to La Vista 360. Buying your tickets in advance gives you guaranteed admission to this popular attraction, which can sometimes sell out during high season. Experience the rotating floor and snap photos of the panoramic views of Uruguay's most popular beach town; your time at the top is unlimited.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience

Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience

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Learn about Uruguay's wine region and taste wines at a small boutique winery on this tour from Punta del Este. Included round-trip transportation means you won't have to worry about designating a sober driver and you can sample as many wines as you like, including those made from the local tannat grape. Traveling with a small group ensures personalized attention from your guide and the chance to ask questions about Uruguay's wine production and methods.
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  • 4 hours
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Sacromonte Wine Experience as featured on Time magazine!

Sacromonte Wine Experience as featured on Time magazine!

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The Wine Experience was the pioneer of Wine Tourism in Uruguay and is proud to be Number 1 on Trip Advisor for 12 years running. We are always looking for unique locations and love finding new places off the beaten path. Sacromonte Wine Lodge was on the cover of Time magazine and is just the experience we have been looking for. It's located about 1 hour from Punta del este in a very hidden and sequestered place. The property has 4 accommodation shelters and only 5 hectare of vineyards producing high quality wines with low yields. Upon arrival you will get to see the vineyards by golf cart followed by a countryside lunch at the top of the hill in an idyllic setting with breathtaking views! Sacromonte makes fruit forward wines that really express their terroir, which is a combination of soil, topography, and climate. It's Uruguay's latest hotspot and a must thing to do. Let's start your vacation in style!
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  • 6 hours
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Surprise Winery off beaten path with Lunch and tasty wines!

Surprise Winery off beaten path with Lunch and tasty wines!

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The Wine Experience pioneered Wine Tourism in Uruguay and is very proud to be Number 1 on Trip Advisor for 12 years running. Your host and wine expert comes from a food and wine background working in Scotland, London, South Africa, Argentina and on Luxury Cruise Ships like the Yachts of Seabourn as a Head Sommelier, so you will be in safe hands. The Wine Experience is also about visiting small boutique wineries off the beaten track for more of a personal and intimate experience. Think of this as more of an Adventure visiting a winery that are not normally that accessible. We only work with unique wineries who offer something special, which is why we call it a surprise winery. Get ready to experience something different in Punta del Este.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport

Reach Uruguay's Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo International Airport on time and with ease by booking ahead for a private ground transfer from your Punta del Este hotel. A driver will meet you at your lodging and transport you directly to the airport in comfort. This convenient service is available 24/7.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel

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Why worry about long taxi lines and car rentals? Save time and energy by pre-booking a private arrival transfer between the Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo International Airport and your Punta del Este hotel. A professional driver will meet you at the airport and transport you directly to your lodging in comfort—simply sit back and enjoy the ride. This convenient service is available 24/7.
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  • 1 hour
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