La Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay
La Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay
La Brava Beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay

10 Tips for Living in Uruguay

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Uruguay may not be the most popular expat destination, but expats there are probably hoping that the truth about Uruguay's healthy lifestyle, family-oriented culture and beautiful beaches doesn't get out.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Comments

guest
Mar 4, 2013 11:08

Hi Betsy, lovely article and spot on. I went there in June 2011 to check out the place for possible retirement. Coming from a crime plagued South Africa it was an eye opener to experience the relaxed vibe there. There is crime in Uruguay but it is minimal and occurs mostly in the city and then only near the docks at night. The people are the best - open, friendly and relaxed. Best regards. Jo

guest
Jun 21, 2013 11:33

Was hoping to find the verbage on dual citizenship etc. informative shorts. Bueno suerte hoy, Rick

guest
Jul 27, 2013 10:52

Hi Betsy, very informative and helpful article. Abul

guest
Oct 7, 2013 17:17

I am very interested in Uraguay. What is the best method learning their Spanish. I had 6 weeks in high school 1965

guest
Dec 21, 2013 07:53

Crime is definitely increasing and is the Number 1 concern of most Uruguayan including robberies, muggings and home invasions in several of the small towns along the coast. Montevideo is the main area however and not just in the Old City anymore. If you go to Numbeo.com and check crime statistics you can compare where you are now to Montevideo. You can also compare cost of living etc.

guest
Mar 11, 2014 04:28

Hi Betsy, Im Damond Muhammad. I currently live in Phoenix, Az. I have been researching places around the world that I would like to move too and have definitely narrowed my search down to Taiwan and Uruguay. This sounds like a very clean and peaceful place where I wont have to worry about crime. I am really looking forward to learning more about this lovely country. Funny thing, Im reading your info and see that you attended Ohio Wesleyan, a good friend of mine, Paul Schreel also attended that university where he played football, hope to hear back from you.

guest
Oct 5, 2016 16:39

Thank you this is a great first read, as we are planning to relocate to Uruguay.

guest
Dec 2, 2016 12:24

I found this article very educational and entertaining. I thought the cost of living was less than the U.S..but I am still interested I did read a in another website about other peoples who were born in Ururgray and were from Europe. They had Italian meals and Polish,like pierogis. I don't remember the cities but I did find it interesting. My Spanish is very poor. I better start studying.. Thank you for the information. Geraldine

guest
Dec 10, 2019 12:26

People here are friendly, that's true, but mostly when it comes to money (who's on Earth is unfriendly to cash, hahaha=) 1. You say right, they will help with laundry, as that laundry is a family member or a friend. Anything where the direction of payment is FROM YOU. For the otherwise - don't be tricked with that friendliness. 2. Wine is rubbish. Thankfully, there's a beautiful choice of Argentinian malbecs, yet two times more expensive than the same brand in ARG. 3. Promise means nothing. It aren't bad, just a cultural thing. They are hell surprised when you call to a promise given even yesterday. Really really, they do it NOT in a form of a trick, but simply a promise is zero, unless (see clause 1 of this message) That's cultural, not bad, not good, it's neutral. Simple formula: they speak out as if the tomorrow does not exists. Pretty easy to handle in the end of the day. I'm not an angry one, but you mentioned all goods and I agree, just trying to add my two cents..

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Living in Uruguay GuideLiving in Uruguay Guide

Many expats who consider living in Uruguay have lived in other South American countries, and then they are exposed to stories of all that it has to offer.

Uruguay Forum Uruguay Forum
Meet other expats and talk about living in Uruguay.

Best Places to Live in Uruguay Best Places to Live in Uruguay

Expats in Uruguay agree that the best thing about living in Uruguay is the friendly people. In addition to the friendly locals, the weather, beautiful beaches and stable economy make it a great place to live.

Healthcare in UruguayHealthcare in Uruguay

Expats in Uruguay have a variety of healthcare options available to them. Understanding what is available is an important part of preparing to move there.

Moving to UruguayMoving to Uruguay Guide

Expats who move to Uruguay offer a lot of advice about moving there. There are several aspects of living in Uruguay that need to be taken into consideration: health care, cost of living, transportation and types of housing are just a few of the areas to investigate.

Real Estate in UruguayReal Estate in Uruguay

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Uruguay.

Pros Cons of Living in UruguayPros & Cons of Living in Uruguay

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in Uruguay.

Retiring in UruguayRetiring in Uruguay

Advice for people retiring in Uruguay.

Contribute to Uruguay Network Contribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Uruguay.

10 Tips for Living in Uruguay10 Tips for Living in Uruguay

Uruguay may not be the most popular expat destination, but expats there are probably hoping that the truth about Uruguay's healthy lifestyle, family-oriented culture and beautiful beaches doesn't get out.

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