The capital of Uruguay and its largest city. The country is often overlooked by tourists who see it only as a sort of “mini Argentina.” While this is true in many respects, Montevideo is actually much better suited than Buenos Aires for laid-back travellers with slightly bigger budgets. The women are beautiful, and its relative stability and tax benefits also make it a popular choice for expats that have foreign-sourced income.
DATING IN MONTEVIDEO
Not awful, but assuming you are a typical-looking Caucasian tourist, you will have no novelty factor here. Physically, at least. Girls in Montevideo are similar to what you’d encounter in Buenos Aires, except a bit shyer and more down to earth (if I must generalize). They’re not cold, although it might seem that way upon first trying to approach. Just don’t come on too strong, and at least pretend to have a legitimate reason for talking to them and you should not have a problem hooking up here in Montevideo. Hookup culture isn’t as prevalent here as it is in Buenos Aires. I’m not sure if this is due to less nightlife options or culture.
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WOMEN IN MONTEVIDEO
Same genetic stock as Argentina, but there are less women in Montevideo to choose from due to it’s much smaller population! Montevideo women are certainly pretty, but don’t expect them to be quite as easy as girls in, say, Colombia or Peru.
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NIGHTLIFE IN MONTEVIDEO
Bars and clubs are mostly near either old town or Pocitos. Nightlife in Pocitos tends to be a bit more lively and the crowd a bit younger (university-aged). Bars and clubs don’t really start to get going until around 1 am, so have something left in the tank. There are plenty of bars around Pocitos near the World Trade Centre to choose from, and as long as you’re dressed nice, you should have no trouble getting in.
I recommend: Lotus. Where the pretty people go. You need to dress nice to be let in. White tourist status doesn’t apply here because everyone in Montevideo that’s hanging in Pocitos will be white. That being said, hooking-up in Montevideo shouldn’t pose anymore of a challenge than Argentina. Burlesque is a solid choice for something less house-musicy.
Although less than Buenos Aires, there are still plenty of options for nightlife in Montevideo.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN MONTEVIDEO
$650 rent puts you in the centre of Montevideo. Renting in Pocitos will run you a bit more.
COST OF LIVING IN MONTEVIDEO
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $1229 USD/month to live in Montevideo, Uruguay
IS MONTEVIDEO SAFE?
Montevideo is safe compared to the vast majority of other Latin American capitals. No major issues here. The worst you’ll run into are pickpockets and/or bag snatchers but even these are rare and only a concern in the old town and on some beaches. Violent crime isn’t common. Still, I suggest staying away from the downtown area after night falls.
A great place if you are a location-independent worker who makes at least $30,000 a year. Personally, I wouldn’t try to subsist off teaching English in Montevideo unless you have access to additional income. The majority of expats living in Montevideo are not working in the country. Most have an online business, are retired or have some other kind of foreign-sourced income.
I feel as though Montevideo never gets the credit it’s due. Yes, it’s more expensive than Argentina and the nightlife is a bit tamer, but it’s a much more livable city and aside from a slight inflation problem, they have their shit together both economically and socially. If your budget allows, and you prefer a more refined bar/nightlife environment, this would be an ideal place to spend a few months, make some contacts, and enjoy some of the world’s finest steak and vino. If you’re debating between Buenos Aires and Montevideo and prefer a more laid-back lifestyle as opposed to the party life, don’t rule out Montevideo!
Just make sure it’s within your budget — although it’s possible, don’t try to live here for under $2000 USD/month. You’ll want that cushion.
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
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