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Rocha, Uruguay - What You Should Do That I Didn't

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Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - November 2019   » View Photoset (20 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
The Rocha Department has a lot more to offer than the city itself. The department has coast, beaches and fishing villages to explore - go to La Paloma (31kms from Rocha). The city has a few old colonial buildings and facades in the streets around the main plaza. Coming from Maldonado by bus I spent a few hours in Rocha (city) before continuing my travels on this day up to Punta del Diablo. I explored the streets of Rocha trying to find things to photograph but only really found a few buildings - nothing substantial. Did I miss something?

What You Should Do In Rocha

Clearly, being in the city of Rocha itself is not the right place to be to enjoy what the Rocha department has to offer. Of course it's good to see the city, but if you are in this part of Uruguay hire a car and take the coastal road from La Paloma north to Aguas Dulces, a distance of only 62kms. Spend the day exploring the coastal area, beaches and villages. Starting at Rocha Lagoon beside La Paloma the beaches are Playa La Serena, Playa Anaconda, Playa Los Botes, Playa El Cabito, Playa La Balconada and Playa Las Rocas. Then at the point is the lighthouse - El Faro del Cabo Santa Maria. Then more beaches - Playa del Faro, Playa Bahia Chica and Playa Bahia Grande. Then is the yacht club and port of La Paloma (yes we are still in La Paloma!). There are a lot of camping areas around this area (yacht club / port) of La Paloma. Northward from here is Playa La Aguada, Playa Costa Azul, Playa Antoniopolis, Playa Arachania, Playa del Barco, Playa del Desplayado, Playa Punta Rubia, Playa Santa Isabel, Playa de Oceanía del Polonio, Playa Costa de Oro and Playa Sur. In Cabo Polonio there are sand dunes, a wildlife reserve - Reserva de Lobos Marinos de Cabo Polonio (sea lions) and a national park. Next is Playa Norte, Playa La Calavera and Playa Cerro Buena Vista before the bridge crossing over Valizas Stream which flows from the sea to Castillos Lagoon. There are activities to enjoy in Barra de Valizas on the northern side of the stream. The local beach is Playa Barra de Valizas and in Aguas Dulces - Playa Aguas Dulces. Sounds like a great day trip to me or even better, stay the night along the way. Next time for me!


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Rocha, Uruguay - What You Should Do That I Didn't. The Rocha Department has a lot more to offer than the city itself. But the city has some old colonial buildings and facades in the streets around the plaza!