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Diving into a crystal clear saltwater lagoon and enjoying various water attractions for the family are some of the new proposals that Punta del Este has to offer to visitors this summer 2017. Located in the Solanas complex, at kilometer 118.500 of the Interbalnearia Route, more precisely, in the beach resort of Portezuelo, the first crystal lagoon in Uruguay opened in early January this year. The innovative initiative called Solanas Cristal Beach, emerged within the framework of the 40th Anniversary of Solanas Holiday Club and required an investment of 14 million dollars. This aquatic paradise offers the ideal conditions for recreation, swimming and water sports and it is the perfect place for relaxation surrounded by nature. It has an area of 5 hectares, includes 3 white sand beaches with loungers and services, two bars, a pedestrian path, and a children's pool with a pirate ship and slides. The place offers several activities to kids and adults such as hydro gym classes, rhythm gym, yoga, pilates, water sports school and games, children's shows, musical shows, a live DJ, water games, stand paddel, family and individual pedal boats, Catamaran trips, kayaks, and the big ball, among other proposals. Solanas Crystal Beach stands out for being sustainable and friendly with the environment, as it allows the rational use of scarce resources such as energy and water. For example, its innovative technology uses 100 times fewer products than conventional swimming pools and consumes only 2% of the energy required by traditional filter systems. This complies with the most demanding international standards of water quality. For now, the new artificial lagoon is only available to members of the holiday club but next season it is projected to be open to the public. For more information go to www.solanasvacation.com.ar

Punta del Este is often known as the international jet set beach resort. Many celebrities choose it year after year to enjoy a five star holiday. Forbes magazine highlighted several unavoidable places for those who decide to visit Punta del Este in search of glamor, trends and nature. Among the places and attractions highlighted by the prestigious American magazine are:

1.Los Dedos (The Fingers).
The mythical work of the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal is a must in the itinerary of those who arrive for the first time in the peninsula. No one can return home without a selfie at Los Dedos as a souvenir.

2. Port of Punta del Este.
It is a key point for those who wish to admire the resort and treat themselves to fresh fish.

3. Casapueblo.
This is a summer classic. Lovers of art and architecture cannot miss the museum and workshop of the famous artist Carlos Páez Vilaró at the top of Punta Bellena and enjoy the fabulous sunset from there.

4. La Bourgogne.
Located in a quiet residential area near Punta del Este, this prestigious restaurant is run by French chef Jean-Paul Bondoux, who recreated his native Burgundy. The recommendation is to have a table set in the garden and to order the chef's tasting menu, which is made with products from the Bondoux farm.

5. La Barra. 
A relaxed afternoon among galleries, surf shops and ice cream parlors, apart from beautiful beaches.

6. Pueblo Garzón.(Garzon Village).
The Argentine chef Francis Mallmann has chosen the town of Pueblo Garzon to set up his interesting gastronomic proposal, based on regional products, prepared with fire and firewood, in a clay oven, the grill or other cooking methods like "the infiernillo" (little hell). To accompany the dishes, the place offers an Argentine wine list and a selection of wines from Bodega Garzón (the Garzon Winery).

7. Altos de la Ballena. (Heights of the Whale).
An excellent place where to taste the most typical grape of the region: Tannat.

8. Lo de Tere (Tere's Place).
This picturesque restaurant has been praised as a key point in the summer season.

9. Moby Dick.
This bar is a classic icon of Punta del Este’s night life and is open all year round, receiving visitors from the most diverse countries. It offers a variety of drinks and beers in an atmosphere similar to an Irish pub. It is ideal for drinking and listening to music and even live bands.

10. Ocean Club.
Located on the Brava Beach, it is home to theme parties that transcend throughout the season. The night starts late in the resort, at about 4am. This disco/bar offers different music floors, several bars, VIP areas and a terrace facing the sea.

Boats leave from the port of Piriapolis every weekend to embark on whale watching. The boat rides are one hour long and cost approximately $400 and $200 for children under the age of ten. Although whales are not always visible, visitors often find penguins, turtles, albatrosses and petrels apart from the ever present sea wolves and sea gulls.
Another alternative for this boat rides is to embark at the port of Punta del Este. The Company registered at the Ministry of Tourism for these rides is Nautical Events, which also organizes special tours for groups upon previous arrangement.

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There are those who say that fall is the best season in which to visit Punta del Este. Everything is quiet and the sound of the ocean envelops the city. The temperature is perfect to go on hikes and tours, such as a visit to the Parque de Esculturas (Sculpture Park) of the Pablo Atchugarry Art Foundation. Home to 25-hectares of natural scenery, visitors can see the artwork interact with the equally beautiful landscape. At the end of the day, the sun setting behind the sculptures is a view to remember.

Another autumn classic is the Lussich Arboretum, an artificial forest reserve with the highest diversity of imported species globally. The park measures around 192 hectares and is home to more than 400 exotic species from around the world and about 60 indigenous Uruguayan tree species. The arboretum was founded towards the end of the 19th century by the owner of a sea rescue company who started to plant seeds and roots from all the continents he had visited.

Breathe in the ocean breeze filtered through lush greenery and hear the birds singing. This is certainly a must-do for visitors coming to Punta Ballena.

 

The course's most striking characteristics are its hills and abundant forestation, with mounds of maritime pines. The 17th (a par 3 of 169 yards) has been denominated “Diablito” (Little Devil), with a hill to its left, a double bunker on its right, and a kidney-shape green. The 18th (a par 4 of 421 yards) is known as “Enchanted” and has a hills to its right and left throughout the whole fairway, with a wavy surface and excellent view of the hole.

 

Adress: Avda. San Pablo S/N.
Telephone: (00598) 42.48.21.21
Web site: cantegrilcountryclub.com.uy
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Construction: 1947
Designer: Mr. Luther H. Koonz.
Others characteristics:

Greens reformados por Emilio N. Serra

Tees y Fairways: Bermuda marítima

Greens: L93 (Bent)

Cancha de 18 hoyos

Par de cancha – 71

Cancha de Bochas Azules: Ida 3211 yardas Vuelta 3213 yardas: Total 4424 yardas

Cancha de Bochas Blancas: Ida 3051 yardas – Vuelta 3059 yardas: total 6110 yardas

Cancha de Bochas Rojas: Ida 2846 yardas – Vuelta 2809 yardas: Total 5655 yardas

Calificación de cancha: Cancha de Bochas Azules: 71; Cancha de Bochas Blancas, 70;

Cancha de Bochas Rojas: 71

This course is designed after American courses, which in uncommon in South America, with long fairways and ample and wide greens. This allows for different flag positions that can substantially modify each hole's difficulty.  Near the golf course, on the shore of the Sauce Pond, there is a five-star hotel with 75 rooms.

 

Adress: Ruta 93 (Interbalnearia) - Km. 116,5 - Portezuelo
Telephone: (59842) 578 423/24 - 579 147 - Fax: (59842) 579 148.
Web site: www.lagogolf.com
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Construction: 6 of january of 1983
Holes :18 Ida 3695 - Vuelta 3370 - Total 7065.

La Barra Golf Club's philosophy is to be a “friends' club”, so its members can play golf and enjoy a friendly, familiar, and relaxed environment. The course is automatically irrigated and has computerized tees, fairways, and greens. The latter were constructed within USGA regulations with the latest technology. Its natural and efficient drainage makes this course playable all year round.

Despite its unhurried ways, the brótola is one of the most sought-after species in the fishing world, because of its high culinary value and its agile and sneaky ways of taking bait, which forces fishing lovers to always be on their toes.
This species inhabits areas averaging 15 meters in depth.

Seasons and Places

Brótola start to appear in the fall months, and high season extends all the way to September. To a lesser extent, they are are also available off season. The best fishing for brótola takes place on the west side of Punta Ballena, a classic fishing spot favored for its depth, and on the beach area located west of the bank of José Ignacio Lagoon.

Brótola fishing trips can be organized from ports in Atlántida, Cuchilla Alta, Piriápolis, Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio, and La Paloma.

Fishing and Equipment

Brótola inhabit deep waters above muddy seabeds over 20 meters deep along with the conger, a species valued in the culinary world, but not so much in the sports fishing world.  It is the only fish that tries to free itself when the fisherman attempts to pull it near the surface by convulsing its head violently. This forces one to try to keep the tension on the fishing line, because if the fish is hooked by its lip it can be easy for it to get away.
For this reason, it is useful to have a net on the boat to help to bring the fish aboard.
Given its agitated behavior, to catch brótola the weights should always rest on the bottom of the seabed, motor noises should be avoided and the line should be kept loose so it floats. This species boasts an impressively large mouth, so an elaborate, large, and varied bait is needed, involving pieces of different fish, since the brótola is quite picky. Rods of 1.8 to 2.1 meters are used, holding up to 30 pounds, with rotating reels and 20 to 25 pound lines, which is a good example of a standard set in all fishing boats native to Uruguay's maritime coast.

There are three species of groupers in Uruguay, similar in anatomy but differentiated by their colors and their dorsal fin. The different groupers are: the schemia, which is brightly colored with yellow and orange, the garopa, with brown and horizontal stripes, and the common grouper (Mero), of a brownish color. The scale color of fish changes depending on the waters the fish inhabits, a phenomenon that occurs in every species, fresh and ocean water alike, but is especially common in groupers.

Season and Places

The Mero can be always be found in José Ignacio near Punta del Este during the fall and winter months. Especially large specimens need strong equipment and skill to be reeled in. The Mero family inhabits the oceanic coast of Uruguay (Maldonado and Rocha shores). Meros are exclusive to bedrock waters, so fishing for them is done by boat, ideally from José Ignacio, La Paloma, or Cabo Polonio.

Fishing and Gear

The Mero usually tries to take refuge in rock cavities immediately after it takes the bait, which results in many broken fishing lines. In order to catch a Mero, therefore, stronger gear is needed.
Fishing for mero can be done in the same places as other species, such as sargos or white croaker are found. We advise 30 pound lines instead of 25 pound lines for white croaker fishing and hooks with monofilaments of up to 40 pounds.

This is truly a species built for hunting. With a mouth full of sharp teeth capable of cutting through lines used for catching other species, fishers need to be careful with their equipment when fishing for anchovies. Anchovies move about in large shoals, resulting in periods of constant activity. The anchovy, like other species, has periods where they are more predictable but, as is the case with the rest of the rich fauna of the Plata Estuary, they can be full of surprises.

Season and places

Anchovies are present all year, however they are most common during the mid-fall when generous fish bounties arrive, since this species always presents in large shoals.
They are found all along the maritime coast, with a higher concentration in Montevideo and Cuchilla Alta, because of the east-west migratory patterns of sea species. In José Ignacio, anchovy fishing is frequent just as it also is in Punta del Este and other prominent ports of the area.

Fishing and equipment

Anchovy fishing requires specific equipment, however visitors will be able to get everything that is required to face any challenge that the species might present.

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