Rocha, the Eastern Region in the South of Uruguay is a Magical Place
Rocha has 215km of wild isolated beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. A place yet to be fully discovered and developed and with surprising nature where tourist venture into the eastern region of Uruguay to find the ideal tranquility and fun. The area located east from Punta del Este has become in the last years the perfect place for high quality-tourism investment, offering a wide spectrum of tourist developments, hotels, restaurants, and stores.
Much of the 170-mile coastline in Rocha belongs to Argentineans who, attracted by the low prices and proximity to the shore, believe that there is a lot of potential in the Rocha region. Investment groups for senior housing projects, plots on the shore, resorts next to Laguna Garzón, farms on the oceanfront, long term investment building homes for people with high economic profile are only some of the projects being developed.
Rocha has indeed become one of the highest productivity potentials in Uruguay. The main land exploitation is agricultural production. Rocha’s geography, the ideal weather conditions, clay-free soils with great drain capacity, large lakes that provide irrigation water of unbeatable quality, all make up the perfect background for the growing of different crops. All farms have access to water, infrastructure, and equipment. Its proximity to Brazil also contributes to business interaction and a more dynamic approach to developments in the region.
Access to Rocha is available by land, sea, and air. Main access routes are convenient and are in excellent conditions. The electrification network reaches all villages and towns. Digital network for data transmission, internet access, residential and mobile telephone service serve the entire region. Optical fiber connection is largely available as well.
In La Paloma, the fine yellow sand combined with a painted emerald green sea with large waves offers a spectacular view.
No one dreamed 200 years ago that these deserted beaches could become, a century and a half later, one of the most popular resorts of Uruguay.
The regions of Rocha offer a great variety of beaches with impressive beautiful scenery in permanent transformation. The small town of La Paloma has an original lighthouse which was built in 1874 at Cape Santa Maria and was at that time a desolate rocky point at sea surrounded by vast dunes of sand.
After the construction of the lighthouse, this beautiful region was gradually inhabited and connected to the rest of the country. In 1874 a fleet of small vessels started to sail and began to establish a connection between Piriapolis, Punta Del Este and Montevideo. And not long after in 1914 the railroad was built and connected Rocha to the rest of the country.
Under the watchful eye of a century lighthouse, its permanent residents share the rhythm of these quiet beaches and lead a pacific life, greeting each other on the street and stopping for casual conversations.
Today La Paloma is the city on the beach that offers the best services in Rocha, with numerous hotels, restaurants and old cinema, a casino and various nightclubs. However, during the winter season, it is an ideal peaceful and quiet place full of harmony and nature. The beaches surrounding the town are stunning. On calm days, La Balconada, the main beach, is a giant pool of deep clear water. Los Botes another beach nearby is the main attraction and full of activity when the skilled fishermen return with their catch and arrive with their boat. Visitors arriving in July during the winter holidays can watch the black-necked swans and pink flamingos.
Behind La Paloma, you will find the vast forests such as Andresito Park and the municipal camping with specially designed areas for barbecues and picnics offering an opportunity to connect to nature.
La Pedrera is one of the oldest coastal towns of Rocha perched on a high cliff with exceptional views of the ocean and coast of Rocha.
The characteristics of the place attracted in the late nineteenth century some families of Basque and Italian origin, who founded La Pedrera early in 1910 and built beachfront chalets to enjoy the summer months at the beach. La Pedrera earned its name thanks to the strong presence of rocks entering the sea in the form of sharp claws.
The shocking nature of the place and the friendly atmosphere of the small town are the main virtues that attract tourists to return to La Pedrera every summer.
Currently, La Pedrera maintains its leisurely pace during the day and the pleasure of enjoying the beach and serenity of the green environment. At night there is a buzzing atmosphere created by the many restaurants and bars, and the streets turn into a colorful scene with the entertainment of street performers and live bands.
The culinary offerings of La Pedrera also surprises by the quantity and variety. Visitors can enjoy traditional pasta, fish, and meat in various restaurant environments.
Cabo Polonio also located in the department of Rocha on the Atlantic Ocean, is a small rustic resort which can only be reached in special vehicles that depart from a terminal gate on highway 10. It takes about a 30 minutes drive through the National Park and one of the largest reserves in the world until you arrive in Polonio.
Cabo Polonio can be seen in the eastern side of the beach surrounded by three islands inhabited by sea lions.
Only a few streets divide the beach town and its colorful houses and wooden huts scattered over the dunes. A lighthouse and two vast beaches that meet at a rocky cape make this a magical place to visit. Without electricity or running water, people who are living on this isolated piece of oceanfront land lead a simple life and provide visitors a unique experience with nature and tranquility.
Punta del Diablo
The beauty of Punta del Diablo and its beaches turned it into a trendy resort on the coast of Rocha. In fact, Punta del Diablo has been transformed in recent years in one of the most important tourist destinations in Uruguay. The geography of the place and the proximity to the border of Brazil has attracted investors to the area. A varied selection of hotels, apart-hotels, hostels, and inns can be found offering accommodation to tourists all year round.
The Two new Exclusive Projects on the other side of Lake Garzon
These new ventures Las Garzas and Las Carcavas are located in an area of 240 hectares with plenty of forests and many different species of birds and animals on the other side of lake Garzon. It has a coastal front to the Atlantic Ocean of about a mile. Approximately 500 individual lots are averaging 2,000 square meters, which can be built up to 35 % of the area costing from $133,000 up to 1.7M ocean front line. The project will be completed in approximately two years and the new bridge over lake Garzonhas already been finished.
For information on how to obtain more info about Las Garzas, Las Carcavas or other communities in the Rocha area, please contact us.