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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Colonia del Sacramento?

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

"Colonia del Sacramento is a small, quiet town in Uruguay, known for its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and beautiful waterfront views. Before moving there, expats should know that the primary language spoken is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases. The cost of living in Colonia del Sacramento is relatively low compared to other parts of Uruguay, but it's still higher than in many other Latin American countries. The town has a slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to living in bustling cities. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats are eligible for public healthcare after becoming legal residents, but many choose private healthcare for more immediate access to services. The climate in Colonia del Sacramento is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, it can be quite humid, which might take some getting used to. The town is very safe, with low crime rates, but like anywhere, it's still important to take basic safety precautions. Public transportation is not as developed as in larger cities, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town is small enough to walk or bike around. Uruguayan cuisine is heavily meat-based, with beef being a staple in many dishes. Vegetarians and vegans might find fewer options, but the situation is improving. Finally, Uruguayans are known for their friendly and welcoming nature. They value family and social connections, so making local friends can greatly enhance your experience in Colonia del Sacramento," said one expat in Colonia del Sacramento.

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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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