The Beaches Of Uruguay

My newest exciting travel article is on the beach cities of Punta del Este and Punta del Diablo in Uruguay. I’ll guess you’ve never heard of Uruguay so this is your chance to get to know mini-Argentina.

The nightlife in Punta is extremely expensive and hard to deal with. Mobs of rich men and their model girlfriends (still with oversized glasses) swarm the entrances to famous clubs such as Crobar and Tequila in the “La Barra” club district a few miles away, accessible by taxi or all-night bus. You’re not getting in unless you show up way early, know someone, or are willing to pay a painful cover/bribe. So it’s not surprising that most people go to La Barra but not to club, and instead hang out next to their cars and drink on the streets. Either way this scene combines the worst of what you’d expect from a “hot” nightlife zone…

Punta del Diablo gets kinder words. You can read the whole thing here.



  1. Jo May 8, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Finally! Something on Uruguay!

    Jo’s last blog post: Name change.

  2. Anonymous May 8, 2008 at 11:24 am

    What’s your definition of rich? Since you were trying to get by on $7/day or some nominal budget, a $250/night spender might seem rich to you. Are you defining that term as in $1500/night hotels and breakfasts that go for $100.00? Or $30,000.00 for a necklace as “rich”? I’m sure most Americans with garden variety jobs of $90-120K\year could still go and party for cheap.

  3. Joe T. May 8, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Anonymous, Roosh obviously means “rich” in the context of Uruguay.

    Remember that standard of living is defined not so much in absolute terms, but in terms of buying power in a specific economy.

    According to Roosh, Uruguay has a median income of only around US $11,000, but is still “rich” compared to most other South American countries, such as Bolivia and Ecuador, where incomes are considerably lower.

    Since median incomes are so much lower in Uruguay than in the US (for example), the actual cost of living would be expected to be much lower, assuming nominal or reasonable inflation.

    So a guy earning the equivalent of US $50,000 a year in Uruguay (in the local currency, of course) might actually be considered rich down there, and he might have the spending power to prove it.

    Same goes for a gringo. If you move down there and manage to land a US $50K job, you’d probably be driving a BMW and banging gorgeous models in no time.

  4. monohechomierda May 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I don’t see a prosperous future for you as a travel writer.

    Bring back the stick drawings!

  5. Eugenius May 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I can feel the laziness of this post, it must be one of the throwaways considering you wrote three lines of text……either way the hand out of the sand pic is kinda cool, I don’t think people reading this realized what it was.

  6. Joe T. May 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Eugenius (good name) does the entire 1500-odd word article Roosh wrote for Volette not count for donkey crap?

    I don’t know why Roosh is catching such shit for traveling and writing about it. I realize that this is somewhat of a trite generalization, but I’ll make it anyway… .Many of these cretins harsh on Roosh sound like typical resentful 20-something American losers who are stuck in miserable, low-paying dead-end jobs in hyper-competitive DC where increasingly you have to have 2 master’s degrees just to pay rent on a studio, and who likely have zero chances of taking a vacation anywhere any time soon. The furthest they get away from their little Dilbert cubicle may be a weekend at the Eastern Shore in August.

    Roosh did the daring, ballsy, “alpha” thing and threw away all of that phony American middle class “security” for a time, to live his life and gain some lasting memories.

    He’ll bounce back financially. In 5 years, he’ll probably be making a better living than all of these jealous poseurs and losers, because he took a risk, and smart risk takers tend to do well long term.

    Joe T.’s last blog post: The Beaches Of Uruguay.

  7. todd hackett May 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    punta del este is like the riviera for this part of so amer.

    it’s crowded during the high season mainly with monied, nouveau riche argentines. they are rich by south american standards. and by american standards. that means: rich by the standards of someone earing an average american salary.

    all of the previous disection and guessing about relative salaries is off the mark. with 50k/year, yes you could live better than most in montevideo. but you wouldnt be driving a bmw. and as for models, maybe you’d be banging them but not b/c of the 50k.

    with 50k, you’d be considered a piker.

    and an american with a 90k-120k/salary isnt impressive there, except maybe to the belhops and bartenders.

  8. Roosh May 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Well I’ll just say this. When I did the travel blogging thing while away my traffic dropped about 30% or so. Since I came back and started up again on bitches and game, it’s doubled.

    Still, no way I’m not sharing my travel masterpieces.

  9. Sudamericana May 8, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    About your article, just one note. If you used to go to Punta each year and stopped doing it after the 2001 crash, the most typical alternative was not Mar del Plata, but Carilo and Pinamar (in Argentina, close to Mar del Plata). Also, after Argentina’s recovery, many went back to their usual Punta holidays. For people in their twenties (high-middle class and up), a typical thing to do is spend two weeks in Punta and two weeks in Carilo/Pinamar.

    Defintely not everyone who spends their Summers in Punta del Este is rich. Yet Todd Hackett is right in that many people who go there are, even by American standards. The cars, the yatchs and mansions are quite impressive. The nouveau riche and Argentine celebrities show-off the most, pretty disgustingly, but the traditional Argentine wealthy elites also go there each year.

  10. todd hackett May 8, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    i like the travel stuff…
    but having it once in a while also keeps people coming back, looking for it

  11. Jay Gatsby May 9, 2008 at 9:18 am


    Although you probably enjoy the travel writing more, your relationship/pickup articles are more popular because it is still relatively scarce to find even with the Internet. As you know, men have been looking for the secrets to succeeding with women for millennia. Travel articles, recounts of overseas adventures and the like are fairly common. Success as a travel writer requires a unique perspective that distinguishes your articles from Fodor’s or other mainstream publications. When Rick Steves started his travel adventures, he provided a then-unheard-of “on the ground perspective”, showing people what lay off the beaten path and provided insider advice that couldn’t be found anywhere else. As a result, tourists the world over carry his travel guides (making them stick out as tourists, but that’s a subject for a different post).

    Based on your previous posts, it seems like you could write a travel guide (or website) on foreign clubs/bars that are tourist-friendly. Although I haven’t looked extensively, I highly doubt there is something similar already out there. To fund your adventures, you could sell advertising for many of the clubs/bars you review. True, this would compromise your integrity to a certain degree, but you probably wouldn’t want to be associated with (advertise) a club/bar that sucked. Based on my own travel experience, many clubs/bars want tourists because they spend more money than the locals. You could eventually expand your writing to restaurant reviews (and could find yourself eating and drinking for free, keeping your travel costs low).

  12. Joe T. May 9, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Jay, there is something similar…, which Roosh has linked here. 5ont know how good it is on nightclubs, but I know an American friend of mine who lived in Moscow around 1998-2002 used to write reviews of clubs in the city for some website which covered nightclubs around the world.

    Joe T.’s last blog post: The Beaches Of Uruguay.

  13. Henry September 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Only one thing about the article: You had the wrong concept: isn’t mini-argentina, in fact, Argentina is maxi-Uruguay 🙂