Punta del Este is a city and renowned resort on the Atlantic Coast in Maldonado Department, southeastern Uruguay. Although it has a year-round population of around 9,300 the summer tourist boom adds a large number of non-residents. The city belongs to a municipality that has the same name, Punta del Este. It includes Peninsula areas and Punta del Este proper. The city's area is 20.35 km2 (7.86 ml2).
The scenic coastline of Punta del Este is divided in two regions: Mansa (Spanish for "tame") and Brava (Spanish for "fierce"). The limit between the two regions marks the end of Rio de la Plata and the beginning of the Atlantic. The split is signaled by Mano de Punta del Este, designed by the sculptor to warn swimmers about rough waves' danger. Beaches on Mansa side feature golden sand, while on Brava side the sand is fine and white. Every beach of the peninsula provides public access.
La Barra is famous for fishing and nautical sports during the day. At later hours, it becomes central attraction for younger generations. From the end of December through the 2nd week of January, the location becomes a site for the locals and tourists to gather at night life festivities. Other appealing areas include Bikini beach, Manantiales beach, Montoya beach and the resort of El Tesoro. These are a favourite spot for young people as well as for many celebrities from Argentina and Uruguay.
Punta del Este features colonial architecture that contrasts with more contemporary buildings. Today it features a scenic shore, modern buildings, typical resort houses, department stores, restaurants, pubs, and a port with mooring capacity. There are gardens lined with plants and several large houses. Punta del Este is home to South America's only Conrad Hotel, also famous for its casino. The main avenue of the city, Gorlero Avenue, has restaurants, cinemas, commercial galleries, casinos and shops. Artigas square, located over Gorlero Ave, is the spot where there is a handicraft market.
Highlights: Resort town, surf
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