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Mansa Beach (Playa Mansa) Tours

Mansa Beach (Playa Mansa)
An expansive swath of golden sand stretching along the western shore of Uruguay’s ritzy Punta del Este resort community, Mansa Beach (Playa Mansa) boasts calm, clear waters that make it a favorite for families. A beach promenade backed by upscale hotels is also the place to see and be seen during a romantic sunset stroll. 

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. 

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.
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. 

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.

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.

Address: Punta del Este, Uruguay
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Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este

Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este

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When your ship pulls into port at Punta del Este, spend half a day on a private shore excursion of the coastal resort town in southern Uruguay. Marvel at ocean views from Punta Ballena (Whale Point) before your guide drives you through sophisticated downtown neighborhoods. See the sailboats of unspoiled Playa Brava, a popular beach featuring whimsical sculptures, and stroll along Gorlero Avenue and Artigas Square to browse local shops during a bit of free time. Round-trip port transport by private vehicle is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$188.29
Price varies by group size
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$188.29
Price varies by group size
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Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour

Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour

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Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Punta del Este with an informative guide — a great way to see the highlights of this scenic resort area. Marvel at the whimsical fingerlike sculptures of Playa Brava; stroll past sailing yachts along the coastal seaport; spend free time browsing the shops and galleries of Gorlero Avenue and Artigas Square; and admire the Mediterranean-style villa of Casapueblo.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.62
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$32.62
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Art Lovers - Visit Iconic CasaPueblo

Art Lovers - Visit Iconic CasaPueblo

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Club Hotel Casapueblo is located in Punta Ballena, 15km west of Punta del Este. We designed this Sightseeing, Art & Cultural tour specifically for you in mind. You will get to see amazing artwork by multifaceted artist Carlos Paez Viralo. His meeting with Pablo Picasso in France inspired him to try his hand at pottery and, upon his return to Uruguay, he founded the Ceramic Artisans Workshop. In Ecuador, he wove tapestries with the Otavalo Indians. In Tahiti, he produced his collection of wraparound shawls for the native women on the island. In Washington, D.C, in 1960, he painted his “Roots of Peace” mural, then considered to be the longest in the world. He also left his mark in the form of a large mural in Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s leprosy hospital in Lambaréné. In Uruguay, he painted the sails of the “Capitán Miranda” naval training ship, police patrol cars, and the plane used by the national airline. He recorded several musical pieces and produced many films.
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  • 3 hours to 1 day 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.99
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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