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Rocha, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 14, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Rocha?

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

"Rocha is a peaceful and quiet place, ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The cost of living is relatively low compared to other countries, but it's important to have a stable income as job opportunities can be limited. Spanish is the official language, so learning it would be beneficial, although English is also understood by many. The healthcare system in Rocha is good, with both public and private options available. However, it's advisable to have health insurance to cover any unexpected medical costs. The crime rate is low, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. The climate in Rocha is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters. It's important to note that Rocha is a rural area, so amenities and services that you may be used to in a city may not be readily available. Public transportation is not as frequent or reliable as in larger cities, so having a car can be beneficial. Uruguayan cuisine is meat-heavy, with beef being a staple in many dishes. Vegetarians and vegans may find it challenging to find suitable options, but it's not impossible. The people of Rocha are known for their friendliness and hospitality, so don't hesitate to ask for help or directions. Uruguay has a relaxed lifestyle, and this is especially true in Rocha. Things move at a slower pace, and it's common for shops to close in the afternoon for a siesta. It's also worth noting that Uruguayans are passionate about soccer, so expect to see lots of enthusiasm during match days. Lastly, it's important to understand the local customs and traditions to integrate well into the community. For instance, mate (a traditional South American caffeine-rich drink) is a big part of the culture, and it's common to see people carrying a thermos and mate cup everywhere they go," said one expat who made the move to Rocha.

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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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