Punta del Este Picks

Punta del Este holds a special place in my heart because it inspired the beginning of Suzanne’s Files … At 16, I was so intrigued by an article about Sting and other celebs flocking to the Uruguayan seaside hotspot, “the St. Tropez of Latin America,” that I tore it out, filed it away, and the rest is history. Each December through February, this laid-back but very sexy Uruguayan beach resort fills up with good looking, well-heeled Latins celebrating their “summer,” as well as North American and European jetsetters seeking a social respite from colder climates. To get the most out of a visit, first tip: book a rental car well in advance! Then check out our picks for top hotels (including one to avoid), plus sizzling beachfront and village dining spots to enjoy the fabulous scene.

WHERE TO STAY IN PUNTA DEL ESTE

La Posada Club de Mar
“Almost no one knows about this place, so it’s a secret nearly too good to share,” says our editor Chantal about this new guest house right on fashionable Brava beach in José Ignacio … read more on La Posada Club de Mar

www.laposada.com.uy | Phone: +598 486 2172
Eugenio Saenz Martinez Road, Route 10, Club de Mar | José Ignacio, Punta del Este Uruguay

Casa Suaya
The international stylish set that descends on Punta del Este for its December and January high season know that the place to stay is José Ignacio, a quiet village about 30 minutes from downtown Punta—less crowded and less developed, it’s sort of like the Montauk of the spread out resort region … read more on Casa Suaya

www.casasuaya.com | Phone: +589 486 2750
Ruta 10, km 186.5 | José Ignacio, Punta del Este Uruguay

BEWARE: Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino
If you want to experience an authentic beach holiday in Punta del Este, it makes no sense to stay at the Vegas-esque Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino, which looms large over Punta’s congested downtown … read more on Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

 WHERE TO EAT IN PUNTA DEL ESTE

Restaurant File: Punta del Este
Parador La Huella
Every afternoon during the summer high season, La Huella is the place to be see-and-be-seen for the young, tan and beautiful international set … read more on Parador La Huella and other top restaurants in Punta del Este

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN PUNTA DEL ESTE

Uruguay’s Haras Godiva Horse Riding School and Ranch
If you want to get some riding in on your next trip to Punta del Este, head out to Haras Godiva in José Ignacio—the Montauk of Punta—a less developed, more natural region of the extended resort area, with wide open spaces and lovely beaches, and the ideal location for keeping horses … read more on Haras Godiva Horse Riding School and Ranch

www.harasgodiva.com | Phone: +598 0480 6112
Ruta 10 Km 184 | José Ignacio, Punta del Este/Maldonado Uruguay

Suzanne Aaronson, Co-founder of Suzanne’s Files, is our Travel Curator. Stay in-the-know on her latest finds and insider tips by signing up to receive Notes from Suzanne’s Files, a free e-newsletter.

Punta del Este Picks