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Only a little more than an hour from the airport, Punta del Este is technically a part of the province of Maldonado and began life as a fishing village. It was not until 1940 that it developed itself as an exclusive vacation resort of international fame, and today boasts over 100 hotels ranging from quaint, colonial hotels to the large Conrad Hilton, complete with casino. Its beautiful harbour, on the mansa (tame) side, attracts yachts from all over the world, while on the brava (wild) side, there’s a dozen beaches with reefs, starting at El Emir, near famous Gorlero Avenue. Hundreds of hotels and buildings face the waves so expect some crowds at this decent beachbreak and at the nearby La Virgen lefts, a real quality reef.

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  • Peaky Beachbreak
  • Sand
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  • North Westerly
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