Colonia del Sacramento : Uruguay

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What it's Like to Retire in Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento is the oldest city in Uruguay. It is located on the River de la Plata just across from Buenos Aires (there is boat service across this very, very wide and muddy river. Once a fort, then a peaceful fishing village, today it is a lovely place of old architecture, pretty beaches, and a Southern European feel. Visitors and residents will find a large yacht port, a beautiful basilica, and a small, walled section of the city with winding 17th-century cobblestone streets and old world architecture.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this charming step into the past attracts Uruguayan and international visitors.  There are several popular tourist sites include the oldest church in Uruguay.
Photo of the Basilica courtesy of Wikipedia and James G. Howes. Photos of Calle and old wharf courtesy of Wikipedia and Herbert Brant.


Where to Retire in Colonia del Sacramento and Home Prices

Homes in the fabulous Barrio Historico are the best to be had, but there are few, and they're pricey.
Small two-bedrooms outside of this area can be had for less than $100,000 USD, and larger homes are typically around $250,000-$300,000.


What is special about Colonia del Sacramento

The Barrio Histórico (historic quarter) section of Colonia del Sacramento is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Uruguay has a reputation as being a tax haven for people around the world. A perk is that offshore income, like Social Security, is untaxed. 


What is not special about Colonia del Sacramento

The main language spoken is Spanish, which could be a barrier for some people.

Who will like retirement in Colonia del Sacramento

People looking to escape a contemporary lifestyle in order to live in a stable, nice city with a very low cost of living retire here.

Local economy is driven by

some tourism

Climate and Physical Environment

Colonia has a temperate climate- about 60 in spring, 78 in summer, and 50 degrees in winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Colonia has many nice restaurants, pleasant outdoor cafes, art galleries and shops, and all the bells and whistles of modern convenience.


Crime in Colonia is lower than average American cities.

Medical facilities

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  • State: URUGUAY
  • Environment: Coastal,Small-mid Sized City,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 41-60
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: johnb

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