Are there any beaches that either topless or c/o in the Punta del Este area?
There is a beautiful clothing optional beach called Chihuahua, on the Montevideo side of the Punta aresa, very well attended and with lifeguards and drink/snack bar. It's one of the best beaches in the area.
One doesn't normally see topless women on other beaches. However, it is my understanding that it is allowed, and the absence of toplessness is simply a cultural thing. This January, it made the newspaper when two Belgian women took off their tops on the beach right in front of the largest hotel (Conrad). No one stopped them, and the article said several local women followed suit. I've also heard that some of the Europeans who frequent Jose Ignacio (more excellent beaches) go topless.
Topless is allowed in all the Maldonado coast.
C/O beach is Chihuaua, with a very nice beach and view of Punta Ballena. It is way before the airport of Laguna del Sauce, for your reference.
If you are not shy when stared... that is something that would certainly happen if you choose to go topless on a very crowded beach other than Chihuaua. But nobody will be annoying you or uploading videos in Utube... not to worry!
enjoy the beach, carry serious sunscreen (30) and avoid 1pm to 4pm hours, when sunbathing.
I spent a year in montevideo and we traveled to punta for many weekends. I never saw ANYONE topless. With the very machismo culture there, I would suggest keeping your top on. You will have more attention than it's worth. You'll get stared at fully clothed, I can't imagine why anyone would want to set themselves up for the kind of attention you'll get topless.
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