Catching the wave in La Barra!
Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
22Trip End Jun 17, 2009
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Once across the bridge, you are presented with something akin to the disorienting world of the carnival fun house. Along the main street, expensive restaurants and fancy home furnishings stores battle for space with the hardware store, the John Deere dealership, and the gas station.
Built as a seaside get-away by residents of a town a few miles inland, La Barra has a core of non-descript buildings typical of a working-class beach town. Later, the great ocean waves that crash on La Barra's beaches brought surfers and their casual lifestyle.
And finally, as Punta became more popular and expensive, it spilled over into La Barra.
The beauty of the beaches and the proximity to Punta overcame the humble beginnings, and the result is resort funk.
We are happy to be here in the off-season when La Barra is sleepier. Our new Uruguayan friends, Silvia and Jorge, treated us to lunch at a restaurant named Flo on the shabby chic jumble of the main street.