Where? In Uruguay.... Uruwhy not!
of kilometers of beautiful beaches, sophisticated cities and towns, and culture.
Uruguay offers European ambience, Latino warmth, and third-world prices.
Regarding food Uruguay is a far cry from beans and rice. When dining out
superior quality steak, seafood, and handmade sorrentinos, raviolis, and
gnocchis are the fare. When dining in, the supermarkets and specialty food
stores are almost as good as one would find in the US or Europe.
also a superior producer of fine wines that are not to be missed.
The infrastructure is good, the highways on the coast and cities are First-World.
climate..... well, the summer is during the opposite months of North America
and Europe (December-February). The winter is cool, but there are lots of sunny
days and it never snows.
There are no power outages.
Everything works and is on time.
The standard of living and life expectancy in among
the highest in Latin America. It has the lowest Crime Rate and level of
corruption in Latin America, and one of the lowest in the world.
Punta del Este or simply puntaThe
sophisticated resort town of Punta Del Este offering world-class cuisine,
designer boutiques, and spectacular night life with international
entertainment. Punta del Este is the place to see and be seen for the upper
class of Uruguay and especially Argentina.
Punta del Este
is one of those places that is difficult to find and of course, difficult to
forget, because there is no one who visit it and leave it completely delighted
actually a reference to several towns located near each other. The main town of
Punta del Este is on a small peninsula where the Río de la Plata meets the
Atlantic Ocean. The town is connected to Maldonado, the capital of the
Department of Maldonado. Punta del Este and its surrounding towns have over
50km 31 miles)
of waterfront, stretching along both coasts of the peninsula.
The majority of
the city's major hotels are on La Mansa (the calmer river) side. The sprawling
Conrad Hotel and Casino complex dominates the riverbanks, and serves as a
defacto social center even for those who aren't staying at the hotel. A
place for everyoneSandy dunes
stretch out along the Atlantic side, with rougher waves along what is called La
Brava (the rough, as opposed to La Mansa). The beaches on this side are less
crowded. At night, as the tide gets stronger, you'll see many youths carrying
surfboards and heading to catch the waves along the coastal highway Ruta 10.
The farther you get from the center, the less crowded the beaches. Little of
historical value is left anymore in this former fishing village, filled with
high-rise hotels and condominiums,.
The very heart of the peninsula still has a
few historical buildings, such as the Faro or Lighthouse, churches,
schoolhouses, and turn-of-the-20th-century buildings -- a reminder of earlier,
quieter times, before mass development in the 1950s and 1960s forever changed
the way of life here. The port is often jammed with yachts in the summer.Like any
place that gets a reputation and becomes a part of package tours, Punta, the
peninsula itself, has lost some of its higher-end clients, who have gone
elsewhere to look for greater exclusivity. About 10km (6 miles) up from Punta del
Este is the small town of La Barra. It looks more like a little town grown up on Ruta 10,
which serves as its main street, lined with bars, small hotels, clubs, and art
galleries. It's more expensive to stay here.
Visitors who have been to
California's Laguna Beach will see more than a passing resemblance. Many young
beachgoers flock here; at night, in high season,teenagers throw tailgate parties, parking their
cars along the road to drink, hang out, dance along the road's shoulders, and
blare car stereos. It's never quiet in La Barra in high season. Farther along
Ruta 10 is the very exclusive Jose Ignacio, a small quiet community that's even
more expensive than La Barra.
Many celebrities keep second homes here, including
international stars such as the supermodel Naomi Campbell. And when the mood
strikes and they want to be seen, they head to La Barra.
All along this coast there are beautiful beaches, each beach offers different
characteristics to accommodate every type of water worshiper. Some have calm
waters for leisurely swimming, while others offer superb surfing waves. There
are places with wall to wall beautiful people in bikinis, and others with not a
soul in sight. The possibilities are unlimited.
and restaurants in Punta del Este itself are open year-round, regardless of the
weather, and Punta maintains a permanent year-round community. In La Barra and
Jose Ignacio however, many places close up for the winter. Summer season lasts
from October to March, but "the Season," as it is known in the area,
is a very specific time.
From a few days after Christmas through the first 2
weeks of January, the Punta, La Barra, and José Ignacio swell with movie stars
and models from all over the world. Film crews, photographers, and magazine
staff follow them and watch their every movement, and parties abound.
not know who most of them, but there are few places in the world with more
glamour and beautiful women than Punta in season .