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jnhisl
3/28/2006 21:11 EST

I am exploring retiring to Uruguay in 2007 or 2008; planning to visit in fall 2006. Am seeking any current expat Americans living in Uruguay who can help with advice on what, where, who to avoid or to seek out.

Any and all information will be greatly appreciated

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rasouthwick
4/7/2006 11:42 EST

My wife and I moved to Uruguay last Nov. and love it here. Medical insurance is excelent and very reasonable. Food is about half the cost in the US. One should avoid any visit during the high season which is mid Dec. to end of Feb. Also the only area to consider is the southern coast on the Rio Plata, the rest of the country is all farming. Most services are in Montevideo, so it is best to live near by. Gas for the car and car insurance is expensive. Roger Southwick

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jnhisl
4/17/2006 06:44 EST

thanks to Roger Southwick for the response to my query....

Roger, are there other expats living in the area in which you and your wife are?
Please explain your suggestion to avoid the December -February season.
Can you give me an idea about housing costs?

thanks
Joe Hervey

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anadeo
5/26/2006 18:45 EST

Hi,

I am an American Citizen, born in Uruguay. I will be glad to help you with your research regarding retiring in Uruguay. Please let me know the kind of advice you would like to get. Kind regards.

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jnhisl
6/1/2006 07:37 EST

Anadeo...

thanks very much for your response

Are you currently living in Uruguay? If not, how recently did you leave?
Are there specific areas or cities that you would especially recommend for consideration; or, alternatively, are there specific areas or cities that your would especially recommend to avoid.
Is the weather universally cold during the winter? Or are there some areas less so?

thanks
joe

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dfinzer
7/18/2006 18:24 EST

I moved here in February and have written a non commercial blog about the experience that people seem to think is pretty helpful. it is on the world wide web at UruguayLiving dot com.

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valentine
9/5/2006 13:49 EST

Hi,
I just moved to Montevideo and can recommend two helpful venues. One is Uruguayliving.com. The gentleman who created the blog is very helpful so donĀ“t hesitate to e-mail him with requests for referrals. The other is LARM Uruguay which is a relocation company. The contact there is Jennifer Springings and her e-mail is
My experience so far is that without an Uruguayan helping you, you will end up paying double -- but in American dollars that is still cheap!
Good luck!
Elena

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valentine
9/5/2006 13:59 EST

An update to the above posting...I am here now and anything I may have forgotten can be obtained from here. Montevideo is a lovely city and I am very happy I moved!
Elena

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lasoria
2/27/2007 13:11 EST

My husband and I have been living in Punta del Este for 9 months now. He's a US citizen born in Uruguay and I'm also a US citizen.
I would say that if you like crowds and lots of activity then the "high season" frenzy is going to be to your liking - but the rest of the year is quieter. I prefer the quieter Punta del Este and milder weather.
You'll find all kinds of different opinions and thoughts on life in Uruguay. Suffice it to say we're all different and our reasons for choosing to live here are also... adapting to a new country will also be different for everyone depending on your expectations, your state of mind and personal way of dealing with change.
I would say that Uruguay is not for everyone and that you should come with an open mind and lots of patience. If there's anything I can be of help with don't hesitate to contact us - both my husband and I would be glad to be of any assistance.
C

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ellenwinter
7/17/2007 19:03 EST

Hello. I am looking for a really cheap place to buy land. What is it really like to live in Uruguay. Gov't corruption, safety, bureacracy? It certainly isn't perfect in the US, but you can generally trust the police and don't worry about revolution breaking out in the streets and the gov't crumbling. Is that a concern there? Is it really very cheap? One blog said gas and auto insurance is expensive. Can you safely walk the streets alone, etc. Here, if electricity goes out, PUD comes immediately. Are things slower to get done there? What is the real scoop?

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mantan99
9/2/2007 11:40 EST

Hello - just found this site and like you my wife and I are exploring uruguay and argentina. Can you pass along any info on your progress? Specifically on nice towns near the capital at elevations of 1000meters or so, visited panama and costa rica recently and for day to day living I prefer the cooler temps. Also, is it possible to find modest housing for $125,000 USD?
There is so much to ask but I don't want to go over the top right from the start. Thanks.

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Beacon
1/1/2008 21:06 EST

01 Jan 2008
Hola, anadeo- Returned 05 Dec to USA(citizen)from 6 week exploratory self-retirement research visit to both Ecuador & Uruguay. I & 3 other
citizens interested in pos-
sibility retire Uruguay.
Greatly appreciate any in-
fo u give why we should
consider retire Uruguay &
not Ecuador or Panama.
We'd like again visit Uru-
guay sometime 2008 after
we've gathered/digested
additional retirement info.
We are all in late 60's &
possess various pensions.
Also considering New Zea-
land & appreciate any info
from anyone about NZ.
Thank you for your reply.

Cheers, Beacon

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