If you are made squeamish by machismo, are burdened by a beer gut or cellulite or hold any strong Marxist beliefs, you may want to reconsider traveling here!
This posh South American resort is the playground for Latin America's rich and famous, with a few Italian playboys thrown in. Women are gorgeous and barely dressed, and the men are rich and, er..., appreciative of feminine pulchritude. You can almost smell the money burning and the pherenomes wafting through the Atlantic breeze!
The north of Punta is filled with some of the finest residential areas in South America. With their distinctive 'mound landscapes' this area of the Maldonando Region is a 'must see' for tourists and visitors. Rather expensive golf and tennis clubs can also be found in this vicinity.
The seaside is divided into two parts by a point of land: the Playa Brava, with the roughest waves, is good for surfing, and its beach is marked by the presence of an enormous hand reaching out of the sand. Near this beach is the Playa Ingleses, which can be quite dangerous due to its strong currents and sharp rocks. The quieter side of the ocean (the 'Mansa' side) is host to beachgoers of all types, but especially families. The tip of the point is host to an outdoor market, and the place where sea lions beg for fish from the boats that later stock the restaurants with their catch of the day.
The sea lions come from opposite the large peninsula separating the two waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Rio de la Plata. Their home is the islands of Isla Gorriti and Isla de los Lobos, which was threatened by a huge oil spill just a few years ago. This has since been laboriously cleaned up, but which caused much damage to marine life.
Crowded beaches in-season are expected but only a few miles north towards La Barra, one can find the peace and rhythm of the South Atlantic Sea.
Accessible by car, La Barra del Maldonado, a beautiful inlet that flows from the back bay area of Maldonado out to the Atlantic Ocean, is found even further in the north. This area is where the locals go to get away from the crowded beaches, and where you can find some amazing restaurants and sunsets.
If you get sick of the beach and the parties, there is great shopping in Punta, with all of the major South American brands present and accounted for.