Punta del Este is a coastal community and resort on the southeastern coast of Uruguay, popular with vacationers and retirees from this country and abroad. The population is 9,200 but easily exceeds that in January, the Uruguan summer. There are several high profile resorts in the area. La Barra is popular for nautical sports and fishing during the day, and during the season there is considerable nightlife. Originally just sand dunes and coast, Antonio Lussich bought 4,447 acres and started a botanical garden, Arboretum Lussich, and planted trees and plants from all over the world. Later the trees started to spread on their own, and now the area is full of mostly Pines, Eucalyptus, Acacias and various species of bushes.