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The long row of tall apartment buildings that line Pocitos Beach have earned the area the nickname of “Montevideo’s Copacabana.” The name Pocitos means “little wells”, originating from a time when local laundry-women would dig small wells in the sand to get fresh water. One of the safest areas of the city, Pocitos is home to many families and young professionals, while its increasing number of hotels and hostels, along with its excellent range of restaurants and lively bars, means it is also a fashionable destination for short-term visitors and expats alike. The beach is one of the city’s top spots for swimming and sunbathing during summer, and the Ramblas makes for a pleasant walk at any time of year. Pocitos is also the perfect place to be good to yourself, with a plethora of high-quality gyms, spas and salons. Behind the high-rises, the area has a surprising amount of beautiful architecture, so be sure to take a stroll.

Other neighborhoods in Montevideo: Punta Carretas and Parque RodĂł, El Centro and Ciudad Vieja.

By Emma Jones

Emma Jones, 30, is from London, and recently spent nine months enjoying travelling and writing in South America.�Her favourite...

20 Mar 2011

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Pocitos Beach

Sunbathe and drink mate on Montevideo's most popular beach. The brown sea water may not look inviting, but it is clean and the locals do swim here. The north-lying coast of Pocitos is built up with ...
Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay

Pocitos Beach And Rambla Republica Del Peru

143044In summer, Pocitos Beach is Montevideo’s favorite playground for swimming, beach volleyball or simply sunbathing. The sea is safe and the beach is clean, making it a popular place with families. On ...
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Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay

Plaza Tomás Gomensoro

143045This well-looked after plaza sits on two levels, its palm trees and colorful flowers making it a very pretty spot in the spring or summer, and a shady escape from the beach during the midday sun. The ...
City Plaza
Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay

Parroquia San Juan Bautista

143046Locals are proud of their church, and they have every right to be. Tucked away in the north of Pocitos, in front of a small square, the first stone of Parroquia San Juan Bautista was laid in 1899, ...
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Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay

Walk Around Pocitos’ Art Deco And Art Nouveau Architecture

143047You may not believe it with all the high-rises, but hidden around the streets of Pocitos lie some fascinating art deco and art nouveau structures, with occasional Gothic and even Tudor influences ...
City Walk
Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay
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