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The Essential Guide to Punta del Diablo

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Discover the charm of Punta del Diablo with our guide to the city's top attractions, culinary hotspots, and vibrant nightlife. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, we'll also help you find the best recreational activities to enjoy, and offer advice on making lasting connections with the friendly locals.

Welcome to Punta del Diablo! If you're planning to move to Punta del Diablo, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Punta del Diablo has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Punta del Diablo.

Punta del Diablo is a small fishing village located on the Atlantic coast of Uruguay. It is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike, offering a variety of activities and attractions.

One of the most popular attractions in Punta del Diablo is the beach. The town is home to several beautiful beaches, including Playa de los Pescadores, Playa de los Botes, and Playa de los Pescadores. These beaches offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and other beach activities.

The town also has a number of historical sites, including the ruins of the old fort, the lighthouse, and the old church. These sites offer a glimpse into the past and are a great way to learn about the history of the area.

The town is also home to a number of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and kayaking. There are several trails and paths that wind through the area, offering stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding countryside. There are also several kayaking and fishing spots, making it a great place to spend a day outdoors.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Punta del Diablo is vibrant and diverse. Some of the most popular restaurants in town include La Casa de los Pescadores, which serves up delicious seafood dishes, and La Casa de los Mariscos, which specializes in fresh seafood. For a more casual dining experience, there are several pizzerias and cafes, such as La Pizzeria and La Cafeteria.

When it comes to nightlife, Punta del Diablo has plenty to offer. Some of the most popular bars and clubs in town include La Playa, which is a beach bar with live music, and La Bodeguita, which is a lively bar with a great selection of drinks. There are also several pubs and lounges, such as El Bar de la Playa and El Bar de la Calle.

When it comes to recreational activities, Punta del Diablo has plenty to offer. Popular activities include surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, which can be enjoyed at the local beaches. There are also several fishing spots, such as the Punta del Diablo Fishing Club and the Punta del Diablo Fishing Pier. For those looking for a more relaxed activity, there are several golf courses in the area, such as the Punta del Diablo Golf Club and the Punta del Diablo Country Club.

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Insider Tips from Expats in Punta del Diablo: Making the Most of Life and Connections

"First of all, learn some Spanish, preferably Castellano (Castile, Spain) instead of the Mexican version... They will understand YOU, but you may not understand THEM... Many TV shows here are in English with Spanish subtitles... It helps, believe me, especially with grammar. We have one Canadian couple here and one crusty old Irishman... Those are the only expats we have met in our tiny fishing village of 1,000 souls... This agrees with us PERFECTLY, as we want to assimilate, not hang with expats. I would recommend just chatting the local up - your grocery clerk, the fellow who fills the tank for your car at the Ancap station, the meat man (prime rib is always in the meat locker, seldom out front). We have made friends of a family who own a wine/cheese shop in the town where we buy our groceries... They love to practice their English while we practice our Spanish. My dentist has just returned from a trip to British Columbia to do a work/study tour on a boat up there. He practices his English with me & I practice my Spanish with him... We have been so well received & made welcome, I may eventually offer English classes for adults... My best advice is not to be shy and simply venture "Buen dia" occasionally until you feel more comfortable. Undoubtably, someone will eventually try to engage you in conversation on the bus or at the market. If they speak to fast for you to understand, simply request "mas lentamente, por favor" & they will slow down. I had to retrain my ears to the Castellano, altho I had grown up speaking Tex/Mex and Mexican Spanish. Just be yourself, be courteous & respectful, smile & the world will open up for you. Be aware that here we don't say "Adios" but, rather, "Ciao!" Schnitzel is Milanesa here... Germans may have invented it, but the Italians immigrated first, so there ya go... :D One of the BEST places to meet people is the local futbol matches and/or practices. Uruguayans are rabid futbol fans, and will quickly try to persuade you to root for their favorite teams... ;p," said one expat living in Punta del Diablo.

"Hah! That's what we DON'T have here... Here is just a magic vibe, granite boulders covered with mussels & snails, the mighty Atlantic on your doorstep, with 4 beaches. As for activities, just daily life is enough for us... Gardening, cooking out, building on our house. The whole area is filled with national parks and some old Spanish/Portuguese forts, etc. Great for hiking through the ghost gums (eucalyptus trees), checking out the capybara & fantastic birds from a comfy blind, and perving on all that luscious plants in the shade gardens, etc... Laguna Negra is nearby, a great lake for fishing & camping. Don't expect your catfish to look like the ones you've caught. These have a fin all the way around the back to the belly side of the tail, but they taste the same... If you or your kids are into soccer (futbol here) then you're home free as far as a social life. Life revolves around the kids. Get to know your lavadera (laundry lady). Ana is great, cheap, and knows how to get whites white. The "other guy," however, who has stickers on all the fridges in the rental places, will hang your clothes on the line & spray with fragrance. :-/ They will come home with all of the dirt still in them, but smelling fresh, thank you... Our town dentist, Mario Garcia, is a godsend! The ONLY completely pain-free dentist I have ever known. We're getting ready to move back North for a spell to take care of elderly parents, but we are having hub's teeth fixed first. He needs a partial for the uppers, as he lost his back teeth long ago. He does NOT like going to the dentist, but he & Mario are friends & fishing buddies now. The partial & an implant in front are going to cost us about 1/20th of what we'd pay in the US and First Class work it is... Never any mercury fillings down here. In fact, Mario specializes in removing mercury fillings and replacing with ceramic," wrote a member in Punta del Diablo.

"Punta del Diablo is a great place to meet people and make new friends. One of the easiest ways to meet people is to join any organized activities, from surf lessons to social events, to meet people with shared interests. You can also try joining a local sports team, hostel activities and travel excursions. Additionally, there are plenty of great local bars, restaurants, and cafés to meet people and get to know the locals. Finally, don’t forget to network! Talk to people you know and ask them if they know anyone in the area," commented one expat who made the move to Punta del Diablo.

"Expats in Punta del Diablo often join local clubs and activities such as surfing, yoga, and art classes. Expats can also meet people by attending local festivals, visiting the beach, or joining a local sports team. Additionally, many expats join local language exchange groups or volunteer with local organizations to meet people and learn more about the culture," remarked one expat living in Punta del Diablo.

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"Family is the MOST important consideration here. Raising kids on pure air, clean water, unprocessed foods (keeping them from eating too many sweets) are all high priorities. Life is not a race here. Relax, take five minutes instead of one - they're small. :D The parilla is an EVENT, not a meal. It's a chance for family & friends to get together around the grill for nice conversation while the kids run around, a few delicious bites, a glass or two of excellent wine... Our village is centered around two things: tourism & fishing. One feeds the other & vice-versa. The one word that ALWAYS comes up in conversations about Punta del Diablo is "que tranquilo," which, of course, it IS. Everyone is relaxed... I found myself relaxing immediately. Anything that can't be finished today will certainly be waiting for you tomorrow. I doubt, when I stand before my Maker, that I will regret not having spent more time cleaning house or washing dishes. Rather, time with friends on the beach fishing or taking the sun, enjoying one another's company is a high priority for me," commented an expat living in Punta del Diablo.

"Family, family, family. Getting ready for tourist season. Working like demons to keep their renters happy & greet guests, etc. during the season. Rest like crazy the first 2 months after high season & plan for next year. Many things have changed since we arrived in 2011. For one thing, instead of having little wooden "corrals" for the garbage (which dogs would get into & spread trash everywhere), we now have the standard type dumpsters and DAILY garbage service. There is another truck that follows the first once a week and it is equipped to wash the dumpster once it is emptied... Very cool," said an expat in Punta del Diablo.

"Punta del Diablo is a small fishing village in Uruguay that has become a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. The laid-back atmosphere and stunning beaches make it an ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Expats and digital nomads can find a variety of accommodation options, from beachfront cabanas to apartments in the town center. The cost of living is relatively low, making it a great place to stretch your budget. The local community is friendly and welcoming, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from surfing and fishing to exploring the nearby national parks. With its stunning scenery and relaxed lifestyle, Punta del Diablo is an ideal destination for expats and digital nomads looking for a change of pace," remarked one expat who made the move to Punta del Diablo.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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