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Cabo Polonio

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Cabo Polonio is a village in the Atlantic Coast region of Uruguay.

Just a smattering of holiday cottages on the sand dunes, without electricity, water and sewerage, is one of Urugay's hidden gems. There is a hippie community living there, however marijuana is very hard to find there outside of the peak tourist season, and asking around may result in being sold a packet of something else entirely.

Get in[edit]

By bus from Rocha or Castillos, company Rutas del Sol (UY$ 30). From the bus stop/information centre, take a 4x4 vehicle (UY$ 75 one way) to the village. There is no way to take private vehicles to Cabo Polonio. Its also about a 90 minute walk.

It is also possible to walk from Valizas the next town to the north through the sand dunes or along the beach to get to Cabo Polonio. The shortest route is 6km (10km along the coast) Leave 2-3 hours. Its a very nice way to arrive.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

There is a colony of sea lions and seals at the rocks behind the lighthouse. The area is a natural reserve and there is a small forest of Ombu trees called Monte de los Ombues.

Do[edit][add listing]

Swim in the sea, sunbathe, talk with locals. Be nice.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is very little to buy in cabo polonio. You can get some arts and crafts as well as basic food supplies at one of several small shops.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Bring your own food and cook in the little cabins which are rented and have simple kitchens. There are several restaurants which are only open in the summer, and a handful that are still open after peak season has ended. There is a minimercado with slightly inflated prices, they also accept foreign money

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Cabo Polonio hostel, +598 (0)99 000 305, +598 (0)99 445 943 (), [1]. Dorms, kitchen use, bar, restaurant, 12 V light. Dorms US$ 16/25 (low/high season), double room US$ 44.  edit
  • Plan B Hostel, near 4x4 terminal, dorms USD 10. Kitchen use.

Most people stay in a rented cabaña on the beach and not in one of the hostels.


Get out[edit]

Take 3 days and walk to Punta del Diablo, stopping off at the tiny villages along the way. Bring money!

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