Along the Montevideo waterfront is the rambla, the road and wide sidewalk that run along the city’s coastline. The people here take their leisure fishing from the rambla, talking with friends in plazas and cafés, and browsing in outdoor markets.
There are 62 distinct neighborhoods covering 200 square miles in the city of Montevideo. However, there are five neighborhoods that are most popular with English-speaking expats: Ciudad Vieja, Centro, Pocitos, Punta Carretas, and Carrasco.
This is not an all-inclusive list of good places to consider in Montevideo. There are other great neighborhoods, and special little spots to discover. However, these five neighborhoods are a good place to start.
Retire in Montevideo, Uruguay
There is so much to do in Montevideo
The Uruguayan people are generally calm, laid-back, and non-aggressive and tend to show unlimited patience—both in person and on the road—which adds to the relaxed feeling of the country and will help you settle in retirement.
There is so much to do in Montevideo. Just 50 miles from downtown Montevideo, the seaside town of Piriápolis was Uruguay’s first seashore resort, founded in 1893—almost 15 years before Punta del Este, 30 minutes away.
At night there is dining, tango classes, theatre and various nightclubs. There is nightly outdoor entertainment at Parque Rodo’s summer amphitheatre during the 40 days of Uruguay’s Carnival.
While Montevideo’s seven-mile coastline is not technically “oceanfront,” it looks like the ocean. Beaches are wide and sandy and waves and tides come in and out. During visits at the height of the Southern Hemisphere summer, beaches are thick with sunbathers and water lovers.
It can reach the mid-90s (34° C) during the summer. In the winter, most days hit 60° F. Suffice to say that while you won’t need a snow shovel, you will need to use heat in the winter and occasional air conditioning in the summer.
Lifestyle in Montevideo
You can enjoy a great lifestyle in Montevideo
Every year more and more North American expats settle in Uruguay, and more expat groups are springing up in Montevideo, making it easier than ever for newcomers to get settled in their new country.
You can enjoy a great lifestyle in Montevideo. An abundant water supply, a strong agricultural sector and financial stability with safe and secure banking means that Montevideo is easy to settle in.
Uruguayan foods are also a specialty in Montevideo. Gnocchi is a popular food in Italy and is also a favorite in Uruguay. Parrillada is one thing that any true meat-eater must try when visiting Montevideo. Many parrillas (from “grill”, in Spanish) are quite large— sometimes up to six square feet.
Life in Uruguay, in many ways, is reminiscent of the simplicity of American life back in the 1950s. Author David Finzer once referred to Uruguay as “Eisenhower’s America with English subtitles.”
Uruguay offers old colonial cities, sparkling beach resorts, and a world-class capital. But it also has huge expanses of rolling ranchland, miles of uncrowded and undeveloped beaches, and small towns of every size and description.
Uruguay’s music traditions include candombe, tango, and murga; all of which developed in the Río de la Plata basin, and are now Montevideo favorites, with each country developing its own interpretations and unique elements.
Montevideo is also full of culture and history, with what was once the entire original city of Montevideo, founded in 1730, now Ciudad Vieja’s eight-by-12 block center. This includes the Metropolitan Cathedral, dating from 1790, gracing the plaza, and rows of tall trees shade wooden benches around a white gargoyle- and cherub-decorated marble fountain.
Real Estate in Montevideo
Ciudad Vieja is the oldest part of the city of Montevideo. There are English-speaking expats investing in real estate here and most of the properties listed on real estate websites targeting this region were less than $150,000—including refurbished apartments in restored buildings.
If you prefer the idea of living in a house, there is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house situated in the cultural and financial center of the town.
Though unfurnished, the home contains all its original features including wooden floors, calcareas tiles, and high colonial ceilings. Price: $150,000. Centro borders Ciudad Vieja on the west, Cordón on the east, and mostly water on the north and south and is another good sector for city living.
Located in a bustling part of Centro, is a small but conveniently located apartment with two bedrooms and one bathroom. This 548-square-foot home also includes a living room with a balcony and a newly remodeled kitchen. As the home features double-glazing windows, you do not have to worry about any noise disturbances. Price: $92,000.
In the center of Centro, close to the Municipal Palace and the avenue 18 de Julio, is a generous-sized 1,399-square-foot apartment. The home comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom, a toilet, a kitchen, living room, and an office. There is also a balcony with a glass enclosure at the front of the apartment. Price: $150,000.
*Prices as of 2014
Cost Of Living In Montevideo, Uruguay
Prices in the Costa de Oro, Uruguay are lower as it is one if the least expensive seashore areas. The cost of living in Montevideo is more expensive, however. Living in Montevideo can cost upwards of $2,000 for a couple owning an apartment.
Here is a sample of a monthly budget for a couple living in Montevideo:
|Food and household supplies||$800|
|Homeowners Association Fee||$180|
|Owning a car||$326. per month, including registration, insurance, maintenance and fuel.|
*Prices as of 2014.