Dubbed the ‘St Tropez of South America’, Punta del Este is one of South America's most fashionable resorts, enjoying a prime location at the mouth of the River Plate and the Atlantic Ocean.
During the peak tourist season, Punta del Este is bustling with glitz and glamour while the quieter season offers the perfect opportunity to take in the areas stunning natural beauty.
Miles of top sandy beaches offer a mixture of sheltered and exposed bays ideal for beginner and advanced water sports enthusiasts alike and Brava Beach is home of the most impressive modern landmarks on the Punta del Este peninsular, ‘La Mano’, a large-scale sculpture of a hand rising out of the sand.
Explorers should take a boat to nearby Isla de Lobos, which forms part of the Coastal Islands National Park, to see one of the largest Sea Lion colonies and the third tallest lighthouse in the world.
When it comes to local cuisine, Punta del Este does not disappoint. Uruguayan meat cooked over a grill is famed for its exquisite flavour and visitors should also try a ‘Chivito’ sandwich, or sample some of the fantastic fresh fish and shrimp straight from the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors can sample classic South American cocktails like a caipiroska, caipiriña or piña colada at one of the bars opposite the port – best served chilled with a ‘Punta’ sunset.
The Clipper Race fleet will be hosted by the Yacht Club Punta del Este (YCPE), which sits proudly on the peninsular, during the South American stopover.