South Beach seems so long ago.

Punta Del Este, moving into tourist season, is a movie set waiting for a movie.

It is hard to find fault with beach towns full of light, openness, a relaxed attitude and water in every direction, at the end of every street. This morning a few souls are on a little beach at the end of the street from Hotel Playa. The beach is named Emir Playa after a local family.

In Montevideo, streets are narrow and buildings tower like giants looking down shaking their fingers at those of us who dare to move without the proper password. Here, I feel taller with less need to move quickly.

I have been to beach towns often and have never met one I didn’t love.

This place is well promoted to travelers and ex-pats from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

I’m going to do well here. 



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