Punta del Este

With its many beaches, seaside homes, yacht harbors, high-rise apartment buildings, exclusive hotels, chic boutiques and glitzy restaurants, "Punta" is South America's most glamorous resort destination. Punta is teeming with big names and jet-setters. Surrounding towns caught up in the whole Punta scene include the famed club zone of La Barra to the east and Punta Ballena to the west. Punta itself is confined to a narrow peninsula that officially divides the Río de la Plata from the Atlantic Ocean.
As a prime touristic destination, Punta del Este offers many attractions and activities. Beach and water are at the heart of the Punta del Este experience. The port and beaches provide excellent conditions and complete services for any water sport you may want to enjoy. Rentals are available, from yachts to surfboards! Also golf, horseback riding, and all club sports are there for the family to enjoy through day-passes. 
Punta's cuisine, entertainment and nightlife are second to none. The whole coast has a large selection of fine dining restaurants that cater to every pallet from seafood to meat to Italian, French, Argentinean and more. La Barra’s tranquil daytime beach scene turns to a lively club scene at night.
Art, architecture and culture are marvels of Punta del Este, from contemporary Latin American art at Ralli Museum, to the art gallery district in La Barra, to Punta Ballena’s Casapueblo. When you’re going on your pre-race rides, you will ride by neighborhoods of homes with every kind of architecture, randomly scattered one aside the next, it makes for a unique sight. A walk down Avenida Gorlero is a step into Punta’s history.

Casapueblo - Punta Ballena

If you want to mix art with sightseeing, you must visit this one-of-a-kind sculpture construction, built by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró in Punta Ballena – just 10 miles from Punta del Este and home of the country’s very best sunset.
Originally the artist’s summer residence and atelier, now home of the Museum, Art Gallery, coffee shop and hotel.

Fundación Pablo Atchugarry

Just ahead of “El Chorro” climb, on Route 104, the Fundación Pablo Atchugarry conveys the ideal ensemble of art and nature, in a space where the birdsongs take the viewer along the undulating landscape of lakes and rolling hills, sprouting with sculptures and art installations.
The Complex is surrounded by its 61 acre International Sculpture Park, designed in dialogue with the scenery, offering the spectator a natural environment to enjoy yet a different dialogue, marked by the diversity of expressive languages.

Bodega Garzón

Minutes away from Punta, built on natural terraces on the Sierra de los
Caracoles, Bodega Garzón is a World-Class, avant-garde icon on the winery
Industry. Awarded as best “New World” vineyard by Wine Enthusiast magazine among 10.000 vineyards around the world, you simply must not fight the temptation to taste top Uruguayan wines in this unique and unparalleled location.

Viña Edén

A vineyard set on Pueblo Eden’s rocky mountain slopes. The mineral character of the soils and its oceanic influence create the ideal conditions for the sustainable production of unique wines.
The winery was designed in 3 levels aiming at using the force of gravity to contribute to the movements of grapes and wine in the different production stages. You can round up your visit with a country style lunch at the traditional slow-food, home cooking spot La Posta de Vaimaca --just make the short tour of the town and you will find it. Heads up: cash only!

José Ignacio

20 miles East of Punta del Este, this charming and exclusive lighthouse town is where top artists, designers and show-biz tycoons choose to have their fabulous summer homes. Nature, environment and peace are fully cared for, while glamour and sophistication abound in the high-end restaurants and boutiques. We recommend lunch or dinner at La Huella, a José Ignacio classic included in the world’s top 10 beach clubs.


In Punta del Este you will have a wide variety of excellent restaurants, from award-winning classics to cutting-edge fusion, from all-time traditional to hip and trendy. Premium meats and fresh seafood do shine at the dinner tables, together with local produce, fresh pastas and delicacies you absolutely must try.

La Bourgogne - French cuisine, award winning classic
Las Cumbres – Grand Tea overlooking Laguna del Sauce
Floreal – Stunning ambiance, impeccable food, romantic
Capi – Craft beer, live music, good food
Los Caracoles, 481 Gourmet – Great parrilla-grilled meats

And if you want a great Beach Club where you can enjoy the best sunsets, perfect mixed drinks, and choose between authentic Neapolitan gourmet pizza or super fresh fusion sushi, then come by I’Marangatú, which is GFNY friendly and host of the Start/Finish Area of GFNY Punta del Este.