Uruguay Resort Punta Del Este
Hand in the Sand, La Mano, Homes, Napolean Restaurant BBQ
Punta Del Este's main claim to fame is La Mano, the giant hand in the sand. But there's more! This Uruguay resort where the Rio De La Plata meets the Atlantic Ocean offers whale watching, a marina, beaches, and fabulous seafood. There's even an Apple store.
I came by highway from Montevideo, with stops at Piriapolis and the fabulous Casapueblo. There are direct flights from Buenos Aires Argentina, to Punta Del Este. The summer months (December, January) are high season and many hotels are fully booked by visitors, who swell the local population of 20,000.
La Mano ~ The Hand in the Sand
La Mano -- the concrete fingers/ hand in the sand -- is the work of Mario Irrarazabal, a Chilean artist.
La Mano is at Playa Brava.
Punta is a port of call for many South American cruise ships, and La Mano is a must-take photo!
I am amazed that this day, I was alone on the beach. Likely it was because it was a weekday before Christmas, and overcast.
Street scene in Punta Del Este Uruguay
This mid-week day, rain kept threatening but managed to hold off, though skies stayed cloudy, and few people were on the beaches that surround the downtown area shown here.
There are almost as many motorbikes as cars. De-commissioned red phone booths from the UK add ambiance to the streetscape.
Furniture store windows showcase high style Scandinavian and Euro designs.
Punta has good seafood and barbecue restaurants, hotels, condos, and marinas, and is also good celebrity watching spot: Brazilian racing champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, has (had?) a home west of Punta.
Punta Del Este City Park garden
Most of the upscale homes in Punta, I was informed, are owned by well-known businessmen.
As well, Punta draws artists from all over the world (no pun).
At the time of my visit, a very large estate was being built, but no one knew the identity of the owner.
The property was already surrounded by berms, cinder block and other fencing, then faced with stone; Overall, the fencing was about two feet thick and six feet high. Whoever it is certainly wants privacy!
Punta Del Este Home - Upscale and Charming
One of the typical upscale homes in Punta Del Este.
Truth or rumour? One such home (NOT this one in the picture) is rumoured to have been owned by Evita Peron, and where George Bush Sr. once stayed.
Uruguay Home and Gardens, Punta Style all its own
Yet another of the lovely homes and gardens in and around Punta Del Este.
Barbecue grill at Napoleon restaurant, Punta Del Este
Traditional barbecue grill at the popular eatery in Punta.
Napoleon is where we stopped for lunch, just steps from the marina.
This style of barbecue is seen in many Argentina and Uruguay restaurants.
Lunch is Served at Napoleon Restaurant Punta del Este
On my plate at Napoleon restaurant is grilled salmon with a lemon butter cream sauce, baked squash, and diced mixed vegetables.
Paprika dusts the edges of the plate. Rolls were served with a spiced mayonnaise instead of butter.
My companion had what I wrote down as Brodela, a grilled whitefish, and the same vegetables.
A glass of white wine finished the meal. Delish!