Punta del Este

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Travel Diary: Punta del Este

Lynn Gilmartin

Last week I paid my third visit to Uruguay's pride and joy -- Punta del Este -- the loyal host of the Latin American Poker Tour. The four-day event drew a poker-playing crowd of 375 players to the plush Mantra Resort Hotel and Spa. With Punta del Este being known as the place to be between December and February, people often ask why we go in winter. Well, there are many reasons, such as the ability for poker players to take over the town with ease, or at the very least, the Mantra Resort, without all the congestion of half a million tourists and the extraordinary prices that come with the high-demand summer months. While laying on the beach soaking up the rays is not an option in winter, the surf, and peacefulness at this time of year is bliss for a beachside getaway. You can check out the stunning sights of Punta del Este, and the Mantra, in the following video.