The city of Punta del Este belongs to the Department of Maldonado, and lies on the southeastern coast of Uruguay, on a long peninsula of sand, woods and stone, which gives rise to its name. It is one of the most important tourist centers of the country, chosen by thousands of visitors from all ages and nationalities. It is a synonym for international jet set, good life and good taste. Punta del Este is one of those places in the world to which one always wants to come back, maybe because its beautiful beaches are the perfect destination for those who are in the seek of sunshine, white sand, woods, clear waters and a lot of glamour.
This coastal city is located only 130 km away from Montevideo, and connected to the rest of the country thanks to a state-of-the-art transportation system: airports, yacht port, buses, taxis and remises (a kind of taxis but private car services) that allow the visitor to travel through the city and its suburbs just in minutes. Punta del Este is divided in two areas that, although they are opposites, they belong to the same place: Mansa (Still) beach and Brava (Rough) beach.
“La Mansa” has still waters because it lies on the Río de La Plata side, and it is therefore protected from the ocean wind that causes the rebel waves on the shore of “La Brava”. At the latter lies the famous sculpture "The Hand on the Sand" made in 1982. Sophisticated and natural, Punta del Este owns a promenade, magnificent houses, modern buildings, the most luxurious brands, celebrities, the best restaurants and the finest hotels. The city’s main avenue is known as “la Gorlero”, and by day as well as by night, it turns into a glamorous runway that thousand of visitors walk without missing any details.
There are really beautiful places in the surrounding areas at the south of Punta, such as Portozuelo, Solanas and Punta Ballena, where you can visit "Casa Pueblo", a majestic masterpiece made by the Uruguayan sculptor Carlos Páez Vilaró. Apart from working as a hotel, the place is a museum-atelier where many painting, ceramics and sculpture exhibitions take place. On the north, another spot to visit is the “Isla de Lobos” (“Sea lions Island”), which lies in front of the Brava beach. There is also a lighthouse there and the largest sea lions colony in South America. Sophisticated and natural, Punta del Este is considered one of the best beach resort cities in the world; that is why it is said to be one of those places that are hard to find and even harder to forget.