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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’sThe 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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$6.00
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Full-Day City Tour of Punta del Este from Montevideo

Full-Day City Tour of Punta del Este from Montevideo

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Get a comprehensive tour of Punta del Este on this full-day trip from Montevideo. With round-trip transportation included, get views of Cerra San Antonio Point and Piriapolis Sun City on the way. Visit Playa Mansa and Punta Ballena Casapueblo, then get free time for lunch and exploring independently. Learn about the history and culture of Punta del Este through a guide's commentary.
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  • 9 hours
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$33.00
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The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo

The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo

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Swap the Uruguayan capital for the coastal resort town of Punta del Este. This guided day trip from Montevideo covers main attractions including the Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery of Casa Pueblo. See the fishing town of La Barra del Maldonado, and visit Playa Mansa and Playa Brava, known for its famous sculpture of fingers emerging from the sand.
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  • 10 hours
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$51.30
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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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$149.99
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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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$10.00
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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
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$32.62
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Food & Wine Lovers - Gourmet Lunch in Jose Ignacio!

Food & Wine Lovers - Gourmet Lunch in Jose Ignacio!

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Benefit from the knowledge of your private guide on this half-day gourmet food and wine tour from Punta del Este. Enjoy a small group tour to a winery where you will have a private tasting including tannant, then feast on a three-course vineyard lunch as you dine on Uruguayan cuisine accompanied by more wine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.99
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Wine Lovers - Jose Ignacio Sunset Tasting!

Wine Lovers - Jose Ignacio Sunset Tasting!

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Develop a palette for Uruguayan wines on this luxury tour from Punta del Este. Sample local wine varietals accompanied by artisanal cheeses, bread, and olive oil, all while taking in views of the sunset from the terrace of an award-winning hotel in Jose Ignacio. This tour includes all tastings, a sommelier guide, and a welcome drink at the infinity pool.
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  • 3 hours
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$119.99
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.58
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.58
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