Pocitos
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jm
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
There is 1 restaurant facing the beach at one end located accross the street of beach. The rest are sparsely located inside the adjacent neighborhood. A 4 to 6 lane highway separates the beach boardwalk from beach front properties. Cars drive very fast with almost no crosswalks and they will not stop for pedestrians. It's downright dangerous. No changing facilities on beach with 2 Porto potties for your needs. No shade either. And by the way this is the main hip beach of the city. On the beach itself, there is one half a** restaurant with plastic chairs. This review is no joke.
Written February 28, 2023
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Dakles
Southampton, UK1,306 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Pocitos is a pleasant residential neighbourhood on the shore of the River Plate to the east of Montevideo Centro. Bus Nr. 121 will bring you here from the centre, along Avenida Brasil. The beach here is really lovely fine sand but there is little in the way of organised sun beds etc. and you will either need to bring your own or just lie on your towel. There are also few bars or cafes along the Rambla although there are various neighbourhood restaurants on Avenida Brasil. There is a lot of sporting activity n the beach n the evenings and it’s nice to wander along the Rambla watching what’s going on.
Written February 27, 2020
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK599 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Pocitos is found along the Ramblas of Montevideo and is definitely worth stopping off to visit if walking along the Ramblas. It is one of the most famous and most visited beaches in the city however in my opinion it isn't the best I've been to. The areas surrounding it are somewhat outdated and seems a bit unclean. Despite this, the beach offers beautiful views out to sea as far as the eye can see!
Written December 15, 2019
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Miriam K
Buenos Aires, Argentina53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
The coziest neighbourhood in Montevideo. Almost the same as 50 years ago...but with fewer tea rooms by the sea.
Still, the restaurants are friendly and with huge portions and everything is handy.
If you want a quiet time for yourself in a comfortable environment..this is it. A small and quieter Recoleta but with the lovely River Plate promenade.
Written December 11, 2018
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Federico C
Montevideo, Uruguay10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Sidewalks are dirty, broken and with excrements.
There’s garbage on the floor all around.
Car drivers have no respect for peatons, and are dangerous.
You have very limited attractions, unless you like to just eat chivito.
Written August 30, 2018
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Martha L
Benicia, CA80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
At first glance Pocitos bears a strong resemblance to Rio's Copa Cabana. The difference is the laid-back atmosphere of Montevideo and the relative security. When spring hits Montevideo's breezes, the beach in Pocitos becomes the magnet for everyone seeking cooler temperatures, strolling along the coastal Rambla, stopping for coffee at one of the beach-side cafes, or continuing along to enjoy an afternoon aperitif at the Hyatt, or the bar at Novecento, or on to El Italiano for some great fresh fish. Pocitos and nearby Punta Trouville and Punta Carretas have become the heart of a growing bistro scene. Every corner seems to have a restaurant. No longer is the menu just barbecued meat and limp salad. Many young Uruguayan chefs have really invigorated the restaurant scene in Uruguay.
Written April 9, 2018
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Gellers1972
Rio de Janeiro, RJ12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Very nice upper middle class neighborhood with diversified street commerce and a safe feeling. Has a nice square, Parque Juan Zorrilla de San Martin where locals exercise after work and holds a Saturday morning fair, selling from clothes to cheese to mate. Nice walks at the Rambla, with strategic bars and parks along the way.
Written September 14, 2016
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Bruno N
Belo Horizonte, MG15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
It was nice to stay there. A good place to sleep and wake up. It is close to downtown and has a nice rambla, where you can walk freely, with a nice view of the beach (river).

In the surroundings, there are good restaurants, mall, exchange. Besides that, it is calm and safe.
Written March 23, 2014
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BKKTC
Traverse City34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Couples
Pocitos is a pleasant, upscale neighborhood in Montevideo, with interesting architecture and plenty of trees. It is reasonably safe, close to the beach, and has excellent bus connections to the rest of the city. It is certainly recommended as a neighborhood to stay in if you are visiting Montevideo.

Much of Montevideo is rather grubby and rather depressing, despite the current merchandising effort to sell Uruguay to (non-Argentine) tourists and retirees. (Argentine tourists have come here for years and much Argentine money has been sunk into real estate here). But some of the the neighborhoods in the "Old Town" (ciudad vieja) are not considered particularly safe, and many are dreary. Pocitos is, however, quite charming, and Pocitos Beach is pleasant. That said, one must remember that Montevideo's beaches on the Plata River, not on the ocean, and the beaches in town have water that is brown rather than clear. The water is brown because of sediment from the river, and is otherwise, supposedly, clean enough (altho quite a bit of garbage is washed up and cleared from the beaches, each morning, by the city.) So do not expect ocean water at Pocitos beach. You need to go farther east to get to clear water. The ocean water starts around Punta del Este, which is a two hour bus ride up the coast.

If you rent in Pocitos, be aware that some of the smaller streets are heavily used for bus traffic, and avoid rentals on those streets if quiet and clean air are important to you. One of these streets is Benito Blanco. It is a street which seems narrow on the map, and that one would never expect to be a major bus thoroughfare. If you are concerned about this, you might ask what buses serve the area, and then look up their routes on the excellent website provided by the city: http://www.montevideobus.com.uy/lineas

Prices are high in Montevideo, even by US and European standards. A lunch in a nice but moderately priced restaurant, just the "menu" (the special of the day), without drinks, costs about $20-$25 (US dollars) per person. This is not a city which is in any way a bargain. It is, however, a pleasant place to escape the winter of the northern hemisphere.
Written February 28, 2013
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Kanan A
Australia8,686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
Some thirty years ago the middle and upper classes fled to Pocitos to escape the rising crime rate in Centro and the Old City. It is now an upper middle class suburb of Montevideo, with wall to wall high rise along the Rumbla.

It is built around a bay and has one of the best beaches in the city The streets are generally cleaner than Centro.
There is a plethora of restaurants and bars, and many of the expats that come from North America, Canada and other places have chosen to make Pocitos their home. It is a busy place, not designed for all the traffic it gets these days and most places its hard to find a car park.

It could be OK place for a few days or weeks, it´s quite safe but remember you are still in South America. The Old City and Centro have more interesting architecture and charm, in my opinion. If you´re in town for a few days you should probably take a look.
Written January 17, 2012
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