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Punta del Este

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Introduction

Uruguay - Punta del Este - 10

Uruguay - Punta del Este - 10

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What the Copacobana is for many Brazilians, Punta del Este is for the people of Uruguay: a popular beach resort. Nothing more, nothing less. Unlike Copacobana though, the weather here is not always that good. Summers are the best season, with high temperatures from November to March. Spring and autumn are a good time for a visit as well, though winters are best avoided if beaches are your thing.

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Sights and Activities

  • Beaches!
  • Casapueblo
  • Punta del Este lighthouse
  • Gorriti Island with Garden Port and Honda beach

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Weather

Punta del Este has a mild oceanic climate, with pleasant summers and cool winters. The precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, with an average of 1,010 mm. The hottest month, January, has an average temperature of 21.7 °C and the coldest month, July, has an average of 11.5 °C. The average yearly temperature is 16.6 °C.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max25.2 °C25.1 °C24 °C21.2 °C18.2 °C14.8 °C14.4 °C14.7 °C16 °C18.4 °C21 °C23.8 °C
Avg Min18.1 °C18.4 °C17.6 °C14.9 °C12.1 °C9.5 °C8.7 °C8.8 °C9.9 °C11.4 °C14.1 °C16.4 °C
Rainfall75.4 mm84.8 mm79.3 mm84 mm91.4 mm80.3 mm90.3 mm93.9 mm93.1 mm85 mm86.8 mm66.6 mm
Rain Days89999101099988

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Getting There

By Plane

Capitan Corbeta CA Curbelo International Airport (PDP) is Uruguay's second most important airport, after the one in Montevideo. PLUNA flies to/from Buenos Aires, Montevideo]], Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. Several other airlines have the same destinations, but others include Asuncion, Curitiba, Pelotas, Córdoba, Rosario and Porto Alegre.

The airport near Montevideo is just over an hour away, with some more connections further away, including Panama City, Lima, Miami and Madrid.

By Bus

There are frequent connections to most neighbouring towns and on to Montevideo.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Regular buses come back and forth from Montevideo, making Punta del Este a convenient day trip (two hours by bus, see the timetable. If you accidentally get off the bus at Maldonado Terminal which is a few kilometers north of Punta del Este you can easily catch a local bus(marked "Punta del Este" in top front) at the stop just behind the bus terminal for 14 Uruguayan Pesos(US$.60) which you pay to the driver.

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Eat

Seafood in Punta del Este is delicious. Chivitos (steak sandwiches) and asado (steak) are the locals' favourite dishes. Aside from that, pretty much any type of food can be found: sushi, Indian, Italian, French cuisine, etc.

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Drink

Local and imported wines (especially Argentinian and European vineyards). There's a famous drink in all Uruguay called "medio y medio" (half and half) which is a mix of sweet sparkling wine, and dry white wine.

Punta del Este is famous for its clubbing scene. Most parties start very late, between midnight and 3:00am and end around dawn. You cannot name a specific club because it's probably going to change its name or its location the next year. Don't worry, they do good marketing, so you will find out very easily.

Every year the night life changes, so you never know which is going to be place that will hit the summer in Punta del Este. Most of the clubs are away from the peninsula of Punta del Este, mainly in La Barra. But the fashion places changes, it depends on the year.

You can expect high prices for club entries in late December and early January, and specially in the weekends. After the 15 of January the prices go down (this includes most of the things), and altought there may be still a lot of people in Punta del Este, it is not going to be as crowded. Anyway, expect a lot of movement in the clubs at weekends.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
1949 HostelEsquina 30 y 18 CentroHostel-
Backpacker de La BarraCalle 9, #2306 El tesoro, La BarraHostel84
El Viajero - Brava Beach Hostel & SuitesAv. Francia y CharruaHOSTEL85
El Viajero-Manantiales HostelRuta 10 km 164 ManantialesHostel93
F&F HostelStop 6 Playa Brava, Carlos Vaz Ferreira St betweenHOSTEL85
Hostel del PatioRafael Perez del Puerto 678Hostel83
La CelesteRuta 10 Km 164Campsite86
La Lomita del ChingoloLas Acasias Av. Between le mans st. and los eucalHostel84
Punta del Este HostelCalle 25 Nro. 544Hostel78
Shelton HotelCalle 31 Avda GorleroHotel81
Tas D�Viaje HostelCalle 24 entre 28 y 29HOSTEL85
Red Wind B&BSan Pablo y Las MagnoliasGUESTHOUSE-
El HostalitoMananitales Punta del esteGuesthouse88
Iguana de La BarraCalle 8 casi Ruta 10 La Barra de MaldonadoHostel81
828 HostelAv. Juan Gorlero 828HOSTEL83
Los Pinos GuesthousePlaza MexicoGUESTHOUSE83
ISA HostelRoute 10 stop 44HOSTEL-
La Quinta Eco Hostel & ClubCalle 19 s/n esquina calle 24 Barrio El TesoroHOSTEL-
Rancho AzulCalle 10 esq Ruta 10 La BarraHOSTEL-
The Trip HostelEmilio Sader entre Blvd. Artigas y Av. Francia La PastoraHOSTEL88
Hotel del BosqueAv San Pablo 17 casi Av Aparicio SaraviaHOSTEL69
Hostel Playa MansaParada 25 Playa Mansa Av Espana Y Ruta 10HOSTEL82
Rojo y NegroLa BarraHOSTEL-
Uy Punta HostelAntiguo Camino Eguzquiza, entre Calle 19 y Calle 1HOSTEL84
Tas D' Viaje Hostel PlayaCalle 26 entre 27 y 25HOSTEL78
Negrita HostelLa BarraHOSTEL-
Casablanca HostelCalle Antonio Aime s/nHOSTEL-
Shaka HostelCalle Bartolome Hidalgo (calle 1) La BarraHOSTEL82
B&B Punta Hostelc/ Emilio Sader s/n esq Francia c/ Miguel Barreiro 2985, esq PayanHOSTEL-
Bouland InnCno. A la Laguna Blanca esquina Cno. Los FlamencosHOSTEL-
Quedate HostelTiburones y CaballasHOSTEL-
Vista de LobosAv. San Carlos y Ruta 104HOSTEL-
Hostel Del Mar La BarraCalle 7 y Ruta 10HOSTEL-
Hostel del Mar7th Street and Route 10 La BarraHostel-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -34.97514
  • Longitude: -54.943008

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