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La Paloma, 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 La Paloma, Uruguay: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to La Paloma?

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

"Before moving to La Paloma, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken, so learning the language will be beneficial. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's still higher than in other parts of Latin America. The local currency is the Uruguayan peso, and while credit cards are widely accepted, it's always good to have some cash on hand. Uruguay has a temperate climate, with mild winters and hot summers. La Paloma, being a coastal town, experiences a maritime climate, with cool sea breezes in the summer. The healthcare system in Uruguay is of a high standard, with both public and private options available. Expats are eligible for public healthcare once they become permanent residents. Uruguay is known for its safety and stability, and La Paloma is no exception. However, like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. The food in Uruguay is heavily meat-based, with beef being a staple in many dishes. Vegetarians and vegans may find dining options limited. Uruguayans are known for their relaxed and friendly attitude, and this is reflected in their slower pace of life. This can be a big adjustment for expats from fast-paced cultures. The country has a strong football culture, and La Paloma is no exception, so getting involved in local football events can be a great way to integrate into the community. Finally, it's important to note that while Uruguay has a good internet infrastructure, the speed and reliability can vary, especially in more rural areas like La Paloma," wrote a member in La Paloma.

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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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