La Paloma Journals

Heaven on Earth: Rocha

A January 2008 trip to La Paloma by Valerita

Gorgeous sunset Photo, La Paloma, Uruguay More Photos
Quote: Summer is around the corner, and when planning my next holidays, I couldn’t help thinking about my recent trips to the beautiful ocean coast of Rocha.
The garden of our rental house Photo, La Paloma, Uruguay
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Every year, January 16th, my family and friends have an appointment: we prepare the mate (typical Uruguayan beverage and something that we cannot live without), buy some bizcochos (pastries), fill the gas tank and officially inaugurate the beginning of our holiday. The journey usually takes three hours and we arrive to La Paloma at around 9am. We leave our luggage, prepare the mate again and go for our first walk of the year on the beach. Last year was a particularly special holiday because most of our friends managed to go. We rented the same house as previous years, which at this point is kind of our second home. Although there are many hotels in La Paloma, the most required ...Read More

Day Trip Destinations

Village of Cabo Polonio

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Attraction | "Cabo Polonio: A One-of-a-Kind Place"

Village of Cabo Polonio Photo, Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
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There are so many things to say about Cabo Polonio that it’s hard to decide where and how to start. First things first: Cabo Polonio is a small village located in the eastern coast of the province of Rocha, in Uruguay. The particular characteristics of this place are the things that you won’t find: electricity, to start with! Is this a reason for you not to choose Cabo Polonio? Hold on and continue reading, I’m sure you will change your mind. No running water, no roads, no cell phones, no internet access, no traffic, no noise! But trust me, nature compensates for all that. You are not allowed to access the village by car. You have to leave your car in one of the shaded parking lots for car...Read More

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Village of Cabo Polonio
Eastern Coast of Rocha
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Punta Del Diablo

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Attraction | "Punta Del Diablo: An all Time Favorite"

Atlantic Ocean Photo, Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
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Over the course of the years, Punta del Diablo has changed quite a lot. It used to be a small fishing village where some Uruguayans went to spend a quiet and relaxed holidays. Nowadays, although you will still spend a quiet and relaxed holiday, it has become a popular spot for European and American tourists too, and you will find the place pretty crowded, particularly in January. Traditionally, foreign tourists would head to Punta del Este, because that was the Uruguayan trademark when talking about tourism. Fortunately, they started to discover the beauty of Rocha’s beaches and Punta del Diablo has become a favorite among them. The beauty of this village is indescribable. Bein...Read More

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Punta del Este

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Attraction | "Punta del Este: Our Tourist Gem"

Shake hands Photo, Punta del Este, Uruguay
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Punta del Este is not located in the province of Rocha, but in Maldonado. It’s not a place that I typically go during my holidays, but since it’s pretty close to La Paloma (about 1 hour) it might be a good option for those interested in a bigger and chicer destination.It’s pretty well-known among foreign tourist, especially Argentineans and Brazilians who visit the peninsula every year looking for the beauty of the beaches but also the intense nightlife that includes casinos, discos, international shows, etc. As in the rest of Uruguay, temperature from December to March is around 30 degrees (Celsius), making it a perfect location for beach lovers, families, and people fond of d...Read More

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About the Writer

Valerita

Valerita
Montevideo, Uruguay