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Meaning “Port Willow”, Puerto Sauce owes its name to a big willow tree which was used for mooring vessels seeking refuge during storms.

It is the port of the city of Juan Lacaze in Colonia and is located between Colonia and Montevideo. In the past it was the centre of the textile industry and there is an important paper factory here, however the factory no longer operates.

The recently deceased popular poet and composer José Carbajal “el Sabalero”, was from Juan Lacaze. Among his songs, several were inspired here.

There are fine beaches on the Rio de La Plata, however the town itself has very little going for it and has a rather deserted feel.

Lat: 34° 26´.8 S Lon: 57° 26´.5 W

Docking

The DNH (National Hydrographic Directorate) manage an 80 berth marina and some mooring buoys. Prices are reported to be very reasonable (see comments at bottom of page). Water and electricity at additional cost (charged per 24 hours).

The Yacht Club has basic facilities for visiting crew.

Fuel can be obtained from a petrol station half a km away from the marina and there is a supermarket and plenty of shops in town.

Last updated May 2017.

DNH (National Hydrographic Directorate)
Tel:(+) 598 4586 2559 Fax:(+) 598 4586 5170 ,VHF Channel 16 & 17
Floating pontoons and mooring buoys. Power supply: 220V/50Hz, drinking water, public phone, fuel available ashore.
Prefectura Nacional Naval
(Coast Guard)
Tel:(+) 598 4586 2033

Yacht Clubs

Club Náutico Puerto Sauce
Tel:(+) 598 4586 2181
Toilets/showers. Internet connection.
Themroc
Themroc says:
May 26, 2017 02:23 PM

I stayed in Puerto Sauce for a month in May 2017 and it is the cheapest harbour in Uruguay, a third of Piriapolis or Montevideo. Water and electricity costs extra per day (24h). The staff are very friendly and helpful. But the town is dead. All of the factories are closed, so there is no smell and noise.
A petrol station is 500m away and the bus terminal to Colonia and Montevideo is 250m away. There is one big supermarket and a lot of small shops in the town.

Margaret Beasley
Margaret Beasley says:
Jun 11, 2015 08:18 PM

We stayed here for a month in May and June. It is a really nice small town, good for cycling and walking. The harbour is generally well protected, the worst angle of wind is SW. It appears to be one of the cheaper harbours in Uruguay, and the best protected we have been to so far. The only downside is its close proximity to a pulp and paper mill, which when the wind is in the wrong quarter is noisy, dirty and smelly. But we stayed for a month! and did a lot of brightwork maintenance despite the factory. We would recommend it. Friendly staff in the hidrografia office too. We draw 2 metres and at times had not much water under us med moored to the dock, but we were fine.

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