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Which are to stay in?

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Which are to stay in?

We are planning on either hiring a driver or renting a car from Montevideo to Punta del Este around December 11th. Not sure which area to stay in Punta del Este or the surrounding areas.

We are in our early 30's looking for some relaxation, restaurants and bars (not clubs), beaches that are not too packed and hopefully a bit of culture. Probably staying 3 nights in the Punta del Este area.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

Edited: 26 November 2012, 19:51
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1. Re: Which are to stay in?

The driveway from Montevideo to Punta del Este is safe and pretty new, two tolls $50 pesos each.

Restaurants are plentiful

Early Dec the bar scene is still quiet, but Moby Dick in the harbour of Punta has a nice vibe, and all foreign tourists end up there

In terms of culture don't miss the Ralli museum, Casapueblo, Museo de Arte Americano in old Maldonado, Centro Kavlin

Enjoy your stay

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2. Re: Which are to stay in?

December its a great time for Punta Peninsula or La barra would do great . Actually Manatiales at that time is great for relax but you need a car

Dont miss Fundacion Fundación Pablo Atchugarry

www.fundacionpabloatchugarry.org for great art

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3. Re: Which are to stay in?

I think you are the same folks who posted in the Buenos Aires forum. I will be a bit more specific in my response here.

As I said there, rent a car and drive. It's easy, and you'll want the car in Punta.

I would suggest that you stay in Punta del Este itself, but if you have a car, there's no need to be right on the peninsula and the better hotels are off the peninsula. Something like AWA Hotel on Pedregosa Sierra would put you very near the peninsula but also near the Rambla Brava to shoot out to La Barra and Jose Ignacio. Plus, there are more than half a dozen good restaurants right on Pedregosa Sierra, within blocks of AWA. And it's a good boutique hotel.

Spend one day in Jose Ignacio. Drive out in time for lunch at La Huella (make a reservation for the first sitting, more or less 1:30, but go early for the best seating). Look at La Huella's site on the Internet to get the flavor -- best beach restaurant in the world, by vote of international chefs, and one of the best experiences anywhere. After lunch, you can spend the afternoon on the beach right at La Huella, then around sunset cross the tiny peninsula of Jose Ignacio to watch the sun set over the high rises of Punta del Este some 20 miles across the water.

The other two days you can explore the peninsula of Punta del Este, the separate peninsula of Punta Ballena (where Casapueblo is located, as well as an excellent restaurant at Club de los Balleneros, on the water), the La Barra and Manantiales area (where there are two excellent beaches, Montoya and Bikini), and even inland a bit.

At night, I would suggest you eat at one of the restaurants right on Pedregosa Sierra. Le Table de Jean Paul, La Bourgogne (very expensive, but worth it if you can afford it), Boca Chica (great setting, traditional parrilla food), El Floreal, and others. They are all good. And you can eat and drink without having to worry about driving far back to the hotel.

"Culture" is a relative term, and Punta del Este is not really about "culture." It's about relaxation and beaches and food. The places already mentioned (Museo Ralli, etc.) are about what there is of "culture." Look into what's on at The Conrad, the big resort-casino hotel on Playa Mansa; if there's any big entertainer in town, he or she will be playing The Conrad. Everyone does come through at some time, from Barbra Streisand to Shakira to Luis Miguel to the rock bands making their tours.

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4. Re: Which are to stay in?

Thanks so much for your suggestions I really appreciate it!

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5. Re: Which are to stay in?

Hi! Would you mind replying to your own post when you return? My husband and I are in your same situation and going in February. We are not planning on having a car, so are trying to figure out where to stay while we're in punta for 4 days... And what to do/where to eat/drink etc. any feedback and insight would be helpful. Thanks so much and hope you have a great trip. -lauren

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