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Moving to Piriapolis, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Moving to Piriapolis, Uruguay: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Piriapolis.

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What do I need to know before moving to Piriapolis?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Piriapolis, they said:

"Piriapolis is a small beach town located in the southern part of Uruguay, known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. The official language in Piriapolis, like the rest of Uruguay, is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish before moving there. The cost of living in Piriapolis is relatively low compared to other parts of Uruguay, but it's still higher than in many other Latin American countries. The local currency is the Uruguayan peso, and while credit cards are widely accepted in larger businesses, smaller establishments may only accept cash. Piriapolis has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters, but it can get quite windy, especially near the beach. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available, but it's recommended to have health insurance. Piriapolis is a safe town with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. The town is well-connected by bus to other parts of Uruguay, including the capital city, Montevideo, and the popular beach resort of Punta del Este. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by its Italian and Spanish roots, with beef, pasta, and seafood being staples in the Uruguayan diet. Uruguayans are known for their friendly and laid-back attitude, and the same can be said for the residents of Piriapolis. The town's economy is largely based on tourism, so there are plenty of job opportunities in the hospitality industry, but it may be harder to find work in other sectors. Uruguay has a strong respect for individual rights, including freedom of speech and religion, and is known for its progressive laws on issues like same-sex marriage and marijuana use. Finally, it's important to note that while Piriapolis is a popular tourist destination in the summer months, it can be quite quiet during the off-peak season," remarked one expat who made the move to Piriapolis.

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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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