As you pass through the center of Punta del Este, first impressions are that it’s upscale and busy. As you cruise through La Barra, just outside Punta del Este, it might not feel like your thing if you don’t like surf towns. However, if you’re looking for something so relaxed it makes you remember what absolute silence and tranquility is like, then you should be headed for José Ignacio in Uruguay – and here is what to do when you arrive.
You’ll have no trouble finding a gift at this sweet homeware and gift shop. Everything’s on sale, from books and jewelry to candles, fabrics and furniture from all over the world. In a great spot on Calle Los Cisne, in José Ignacio’s shopping district, it’s not far from the beach, so pop in and pick up a beach read if you’ve left yours at home. And once you’re all shopped out, grab a coffee in the cafe and admire your wares.
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo contributed additional reporting to this article.