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La Pedrera, 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 Pedrera, 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 Pedrera?

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

"La Pedrera, is a small coastal town known for its relaxed lifestyle, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife during the summer months. Spanish is the official language of Uruguay, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish phrases before moving. The cost of living in La Pedrera is relatively high compared to other parts of Uruguay, especially during the peak tourist season. The local currency is the Uruguayan peso, and while credit cards are widely accepted, 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 public healthcare once they become legal residents. Uruguay has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. However, La Pedrera can get quite windy, especially in the off-peak season. Public transportation in La Pedrera is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town is small enough to navigate on foot or by bicycle. Uruguay has a strong emphasis on family and social connections, so be prepared for a warm, welcoming community. The cuisine in Uruguay is heavily meat-based, with beef being a staple in many dishes. Vegetarian and vegan options may be limited. Uruguay has strict laws regarding the purchase and sale of property by foreigners, so it's recommended to seek legal advice before buying property. Internet and mobile coverage in La Pedrera is generally good, but can be slower and less reliable than in larger cities. La Pedrera is a popular tourist destination during the summer months (December to February), so it can get crowded. However, the town is much quieter during the rest of the year. Uruguay is considered one of the safest countries in Latin America, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. Finally, Uruguayans are known for their laid-back attitude, often referred to as 'tranquilo'. This relaxed pace of life is part of the charm of living in La Pedrera," said one expat in La Pedrera.

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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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