Punta del Este is dead before high season
Oct 09, 2008
Reading: The Story of Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
Punta del Este has, in the last decade, become "The Hamptons" of South America, where jetsetters from Argentina and Brazil come in for two summer months and party, party, party. The year-round population of Punta del Este is 10,000, but at the height of tourist season there are one million people there at a time. Because we arrived so early in the summer, the town was still fairly quiet, which meant we had little to do but sit on the beach by day and alternate our nights between a lively pub called Moby Dick and bar hopping in nearby La Barra (where you might pay US$50 as a cover charge to get into clubs during high season). Not much to report here. We got a lot of sun, did a lot of reading, napped in hammocks every afternoon, cooked every night at the hostel, and made some friends that we plan to catch up with in Brazil.