The Top 3 Digital Nomad Destinations in Uruguay
As a freelance copywriter with a strong stable of clients, I can live anywhere there’s a decent internet connection. That’s one of the many factors that led my wife and me to choose Uruguay: the country is unique among its South American neighbors in its commitment to providing excellent communications infrastructure. In fact, it’s fast becoming a hub for call centers, opening up jobs for the nation’s youth who are increasingly bilingual.
Impressively, 100% of the country’s schools have internet connectivity, and all public and secondary school students are provided with state-subsidized laptops. A whopping 85% of households have affordable fixed broadband access and 75% already have super-fast fiber optic connections. All of which means Uruguay is an ideal place for a digital nomad or expat remote worker.
If you’re considering working remotely from beautiful, affordable Uruguay, here’s my list of the nation’s top three destinations for digital nomads:
Half of the country’s population live in the bustling capital city of Montevideo. The city is a top pick for digital nomads who crave a thriving nightlife and access to fine dining and shopping year-round.
Fourteen miles of waterfront walkway known as the Rambla stretch along the coastline, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh sea air, and WiFi enabled cafés are on every corner. The public transport system is superb and taxis abound, making cars a luxury many opt to do without. Plus, quality healthcare is easily accessible and inexpensive (and subsidized if you become a permanent resident).
One of the country’s earliest resort towns, the port of Piriápolis looks like a sleepy fishing village in the winter, but comes alive for three months every year with tourists, festivals, and concerts. It’s a delightful waypoint for digital nomads seeking a low cost of living, amenities within walking distance in most areas, and a family-friendly vibe.
Home to some of the most stunning beaches in Uruguay, Piriápolis also boasts a winding rambla and the entire town is walkable. The decadent Hotel Argentino is 90 years old as of 2020, and features a small casino, sumptuous dining rooms, and a heated pool.
Piriápolis is ideally situated for digital nomads who want to live outside of the big cities, but want easy access to them by bus or car. It’s a mere 40 minutes east to the “party city” of Punta del Este, and 90 minutes west to Montevideo by the Interbalnearia, a national road that runs along the coast.
After a couple of years of beachside living and a few more years in a tiny country town a half-hour from the coast, my family and I decided it was time to buy a spot of land to serve as a home base and stand as an inheritance for our three children. There was also the need for more room for our animals—two dozen “unadoptable” dogs that we took in, a goat herd, a rabbit warren, and a small stable of horses.
We settled on a plot outside of Minas, nestled in the mountain region of Lavalleja. Just 90 minutes north of Piriápolis by way of the scenic Route 60, known as the Ruta Panorámica, Minas has a population of just under 40,000 people. It boasts plenty of restaurants, museums, clubs, and parks, providing social opportunities for our teenage sons.
Minas is also equipped with fiber optic service, so we traced the service area on the map and chose a spot just inside that line, but outside the city proper. Our 3.5-acre property is an ideal base of operations, and offers plenty of opportunities for travel inside Uruguay and out.
These are just a small selection of the incredible digital nomad destinations in Uruguay, with others including Atlántida, Rocha, and Chuy. In time, I’ll visit all of them. For now at least, this digital nomad is putting down roots in Minas.
By Grace Alexander