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New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

Newport Beach...
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New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

We are going there also for New Years Eve. We are confused about staying in La Barra or Punta. We love dancing and excellent food. If we stay in La Barra can we walk to the beach and the cafes and discos? Also which are the nicer beaches with good swimming not too many waves?

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1. Re: New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

La Barra (10 km eaast from Punta del Este)is full of youg people and there you hardly ever can feel bored.

During the summer La Barra is completely full of activity and movement the twenty four hours of the day, every day.

Visitors also have a very broad range of options. There is an amazing amount of discos open all night long , some of them even until 8 am in the morning.

Punta del Este’s night also offers other activities, such as going to a casino or meeting with friends at a pub.

If you stay in La Barra you'll be at a walking distance from the beach. Beaches as " Bikini", " Manantiales" or "Punta Piedras" are very beautiful but not for swimming because they have many waves.

Due to its location Punta del Este has different beaches and each of them has its fans.

The most famous are "Playa Brava" and "Playa Mansa"

Brava beach is for those who love waves and Mansa for people who looks for quiet waters .

Most of these places have small restaurants on the beaches.

Less than 30 km from Punta del Este is José Ignacio : a must see.

(Sorry if my English is not very good, hope you understand)

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2. Re: New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

I agree with Renata!! La Barra is much nicer! always!

Newport Beach...
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3. Re: New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

Thank you all for your advice. It was very good. I think we will stay in La Barra after all. Now to find a good place there for not too much money.

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4. Re: New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

Okay on the same topic...if you had the choice to stay in La Barra or Jose Ignacio where should we stay?

Newport Beach...
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5. Re: New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

Jose Ignacio is a wonderful place but very quiet and like a sleepy little village. It would be great if you want seclusion.

La Barra has some nighlife around Christmas and New Years and much more action in general. Lot's of great restaurants and fun beaches. Plus it is only 10 minute drive to PDE proper.

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6. Re: New Years Eve In Punta Del Este Part 2

bicoastalcallgirl,

Assuming you are talking about "in-season" (mid-December through January), here's the difference:

La Barra is for those who want to go to bars and clubs that open after 2 a.m., browse boutique clothing stores, wade through drunken teenagers along the streets at night, sample a dozen or so restaurants, visit "theme" cafes (i.e., run by a car company or a mobile telephone company or a liquor company or some such), and either swim among rocks on tiny beaches or walk farther up the coast to the two broader beaches (Manantiales and Bikini). There is no "great" place to stay, but there are a few nice boutique hotels and an elegant large hotel, Mantra, close by.

Jose Inacio is for those who want everything quiet and to be amidst understated elegance all day and night, and maybe to see a celebrity. The beaches are spectacular. The best restaurant in the entire Punta del Este area, La Huella, considered the best seaside restaurant in the world by Gourmet Mag on line, is plopped right on the sand at the major beach and is the center of everything. A couple or three other restaurants are located each season off in the woods, mostly in open air. The town is an old fishing village located on a peninsula with a beautiful lighthouse at the point. There are no bars and no clubs, and only two or three boutique clothing stores and an equal number of art galleries scattered through the village. All "action" takes place in private homes, but people are quick to invite new folks to their parties. There are a couple of boutique hotels, a B&B, and two or three other places that rent a few rooms, all of them very, very nice, generally a cut above La Barra (except for Mantra).

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