Punta Colorada

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Punta Colorada
Punta Colorada Uruguay.jpg
Punta Colorada is located in Uruguay
Punta Colorada
Punta Colorada
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°54′4″S 55°15′31″W / 34.90111°S 55.25861°W / -34.90111; -55.25861Coordinates: 34°54′4″S 55°15′31″W / 34.90111°S 55.25861°W / -34.90111; -55.25861
Country Uruguay
DepartmentMaldonado Department
 • Total92
Time zoneUTC -3
Postal code
Dial plan+598 443 (+5 digits)

Punta Colorada is a small peninsula and a resort in the Maldonado Department of Uruguay.


The resort is located on the peninsula, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) to the east of Piriápolis, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of the resort Punta Negra and about 24 kilometres (15 mi) to the west of Punta del Este.


In 2011 Punta Colorada had a population of 92 permanent inhabitants and 483 dwellings.[1]

Year Population Dwellings
1963 56 140
1975 75 191
1985 38 211
1996 63 264
2004 62 325
2011 92 483

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[2]

Beaches of the resort[edit]

To the west of Punta Colorada is the 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long beach of Playa San Francisco and to its east the beach Playa Punta Colorada, also known as the west beach of Punta Negra. The local people refer to these beaches as "La Mansa" (which means mild, gentle) and "La Brava" (which for maritime context indicates a very rough sea) respectively, because of the similarities of conditions with Playa Mansa and Playa Brava on either side of Punta del Este.[3][4]

The "Brava" beach is usually preferred in the morning and at noon in the summer, while in the afternoon the wind usually blows east and swimmers move to the "Mansa" beach and to the rocks around the west side of Punta Colorada, where there are natural sandy pools sheltered from the wind. Brava beach is good for fishing large croaker (February–March), brótolas (August to December), southern kingfish (all year), and mackerel (in winter). Unlike the Playa Brava of Punta del Este, which has dangerous currents, this beach is much safer, although there are days with very big waves that can be dangerous. During the summer high season, there is a lifeguard service and public restrooms. Sand sports (football, volleyball, etc.) are better suited for the "Mansa" beach.

The salinity of the sea varies depending on the predominance of the winds (east and north wings bring saltier water, while west winds bring sweet water) and the volume of rainfall. The warmest waters correspond to the period February to April, while the coldest from June to December. During January comes the warm current from Brazil and pushes away the cold Malvinas current, so it is a transition month. Usually starting in July, but mostly between August and October, there can be seen whales very close to the southern coast.

See also[edit]

Playa Punta Colorada


  1. ^ "Censos 2011 Maldonado (needs flash plugin)". INE. 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ "1963–1996 Statistics / P" (DOC). Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay. 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Es Patrimonio..." Comision Fomento Punta Colorada. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Correcciones desde Wikipedia". Comision Fomento Punta Colorada. Retrieved 26 July 2011.

External links[edit]

*INE map of Piriápolis, Punta Colorada and Punta Negra