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The Best Time to Visit Punta Del Este, Uruguay for Weather, Safety, & Tourism
UruguayNow - Travel Guide to Uruguay - A resort for all seasons?
Punta del Este, Uruguay is called the St. Tropez of Uruguay for its miles of beautiful, pristine beaches, its upscale and exclusive resort tradition, famed nightlife, and the wealth of its summer visitors. Expensive by local standards, Punta del Este is attractively priced compared to European and US resorts. In the off-season, Punta del Este is more relaxed and resembles any resting seaside resort. Many of the restaurants and shops close, but the beautiful beaches are still there.
A resort for all seasons?
Punta del Este stands out for its landscapes, its beauty and its coastlines and nature, but anyone visiting this city will notice art galleries are everywhere, giving inspiration to those who see and appreciate their beauty. Punta del Este is a great center of art, with world known museums, art galleries and temporary displays on the streets. Contemporary artists are no longer seeking to portray reality but trying to express how great your inner world is, adopting new styles such as abstract or sub-realistic art. In Punta del Este visitors can find more than 70 art galleries exhibiting works by contemporary Uruguayan and foreign artists with innovative techniques in textured oil paintings, acrylic applications, photographs, carved sculptures and recycled materials among others. This is an innovative circuit lane that runs from La Barra through Manantiales and up to Punta Piedras, making 35 stops in Art Galleries.
Punta del Este is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs. Although the city has a year-round population of about 9,,  the summer season greatly adds to this number. Tropez of South America", being also compared to Miami and Cannes. The first Europeans to set foot in what is now Punta del Este were the Spanish at the beginning of the 16th century. However, the colonization of the area actually began around Maldonado at the end of the 18th century due to Portuguese expansionism.