Punta del Este may be South America’s most sophisticated coastal resort, but further along its coast towards the Brazilian border lie some sleepy coastal towns and villages for laid-back tranquil days.
Punta del Este has long been a glittering beach resort for visitors from Brazil and Argentina especially, as well as for a handful of Europeans. The rich and famous of Latin America flood here during the short summer season from December to February, and many think of it as a sort of Latino St Tropez. Further north at José Ignacio, the elegant luxury resorts give way to more laid-back boutique properties overlooking a lovely stretch of beach. It still offers lively nightlife during the season and a superb sleepy and laid-back vibe at other times. It is worth heading further north to La Paloma and to Cabo Polonio, a sleepy fishing village for most of the year that attracts staggering amounts of wildlife to its shores – from sealions to seals and penguins, as well as whales offshore.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
Nicola Shepherd, founder and CEO of The Exploration Company, organises unusual trips for HNW and UHNW clients ranging from birthday parties at an Indian Maharajah's palace to reliving Sir Vivian Fuchs's 1950s expedition to the South Pole. Citywealth caught ...
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