Overview

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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Punta del Este

The weather in Punta del Este beaches and coastline is wide and varied

Punta del Este is South America’s most glamorous and cosmopolitan beach resort. Perfect as a base to explore the sand dunes of Cabo Polonio and surrounding coastline, during the summer season it is very busy with holiday-makers so plan ahead. Just 40 minutes’ drive away is the sleepier but no less vibrant former fishing village of José Ignacio which also has cutting edge boutique hotels and art galleries but without the crowds.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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