Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Carmelo, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Carmelo?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Carmelo, they said:
"Carmelo is a small, tranquil town known for its wineries, beaches, and relaxed lifestyle. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of the language before moving. The cost of living in Carmelo is relatively low compared to other parts of Uruguay, but it's still higher than in many other South American countries. The local currency is the Uruguayan peso, and while credit cards are accepted in many places, it's always a good idea to have some cash on hand. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats are eligible for the public healthcare system once they become legal residents. The climate in Carmelo is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters. The town is safe and the crime rate is low, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. The food in Carmelo is a mix of traditional Uruguayan dishes and international cuisine, with a strong emphasis on beef and seafood. The education system in Uruguay is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 4 and 15. There are also private schools available, some of which offer bilingual education. The town is well-connected with other parts of the country by road and river, but public transportation within the town is limited. Uruguayans are known for their friendly and welcoming nature, and the pace of life in Carmelo is slow and relaxed. The town has a strong sense of community, and local festivals and events are a big part of life. Finally, it's important to note that while Uruguay is a progressive country in many ways, traditional gender roles and attitudes are still prevalent," commented one expat who made the move to Carmelo.
How do I find a place to live in Carmelo?
About the Author
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.