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Punta del Este beaches and coastline: Fact file

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When to go

Punta del Este has a mild climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean with agreeable summers and cool winters. It rains on and off throughout the year, slightly less in Nov - Dec. The hottest month, Jan, has an average temperature of around 22°C. In winter the temperature may fall to 6°C. The resort is very crowded and expensive Dec - Feb. Mar - Apr is much quieter and services more economical but it’s still pleasant on the beach. Many places are closed Apr - Nov however.

Language

Spanish.

Getting local currency

Uruguayan Peso. Notes can be withdrawn from ATMs in the resort using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. There are also many banks and exchange houses where you can exchange US dollars cash; rates for euros and sterling are frequently poor. In some places US dollars may be accepted as currency.

Time difference

GMT -3 hours. Usually daylight saving is observed in the summer (GMT -2 hours), from Sep - Oct to early Mar, the date set by presidential decree.

Getting there

The resort is a 2.5-3 hour drive along the coastal highway from Montevideo.

Combines with

Discovering Patagonia in Argentina, accessing Buenos Aires via Montevideo by air (50mins), road (8 hours) or ferry (3 hours); Brazil, with flights from Montevideo to various southern cities especially in summer; a stay on one of Uruguay’s traditional family-run estancias

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