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Uruguay: Punta del Este beaches and coastline

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The coastline east of Montevideo has huge dunes, rocky capes and yawning stretches of soft sand. Cosmopolitan Punta del Este (East Point) is a glitzy resort on a headland separating the calm waters of the River Plate from the rollers of the Atlantic. The resort is packed with classy hotels, holiday residences, casinos, boutiques, chic bars and restaurants. During the jam-packed summer season Dec-Feb the resort is a magnet for Argentine and Brazilian holiday-makers and some from further afield. Just 40mins drive by road is the even trendier (but quieter) former fishing village of José Ignacio, with its cutting edge boutique hotels and art galleries.

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Our insider tips for Punta del Este beaches and coastline

David

David Nichols

A high-season stay when everywhere is bustling, there’s plenty of live music and people-watching couldn’t be more entertaining. 
Konrad M

Konrad Mludzinski

Visiting the resort in late Mar-Apr when the crowds have left and prices have tumbled.

Henry

Henry Villamizar

Basing yourself in laid-back, Bohemian and fashionable José Ignacio. Here you can enjoy visits to secluded gourmet restaurants set in pine and eucalyptus groves, but raucous discos are not allowed and parties have a curfew.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Taking a boat trip from the marina to Isla de los Lobos home to a huge colony of sea-lions.

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