Strolling through the Port of Punta del Este is a wonderful experience, almost mandatory for the tourist who wants to get to know this city.
Originally called Puerto Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, the Port of Punta del Este is the most prominent and important in the region.
Tourism and sports boats arrive at it, as well as small fishing boats that provide merchandise to the fishmongers that are there.
In this corner of the world there is still artisanal fishing and you can buy recently arrived fresh fish typical of the area such as forkbeard, corvina and pejerrey. The fishermen fillet the fish in front of the tourists and attract the presence of sea lions, who go up to the pier and enjoy fresh fish, offering a unique spectacle, worthy of being witnessed by children and adults. You can take a photo close to the wolves... but don't get too close if you don't want to get scared 🙂
Excursions also depart from the port to the famous Gorriti Island and Isla de Lobos, two other tours that are also mandatory in this spa.
In addition, it has a boulevard (as they call the promenade) that allows long and pleasant walks or bicycle rides.
There is a varied gastronomic offer in the area that ranges from relatively cheap places where you can buy seafood and fish and eat looking at the sea, to more luxurious restaurants that also offer a unique view and perfect sunsets. They all work throughout the day and night, some becoming nightclubs where you can have a drink and even dance, ending at dawn.
The port is in what is called the area of the mansa beach. When conditions allow it, you can dive in the area, especially in the beach called Las Mesitas, considered one of the best diving spots together with Las Grutas in Punta Ballena.