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This port lies approximately 50NM east of Montevideo,between there and Punta del Este. Piriapolis welcomes cruising boats coming from the Falklands, and there are good new facilities here for both berthing and getting work done on your boat and also loading duty free transit stores.

Position 34° 52.41'S, 55° 16.95'W (harbour entrance)

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry. See Uruguay Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of the country.

Call PIRIAPOLIS CONTROL on VHF channel 16 at least 30 minutes before arrival. It's likely you won't get an answer, and if you do it will be in Spanish.

Tie up in a marina berth as directed (see docking below) and handle the formalities later. All the officials are reported to be friendly.

Next be sure to change some money as the rest of the Clearance process needs small amounts of local currency (Uruguayan pesos) and they will want the exact amount. The only bank in town is located on the street facing the beach.

You will need to visit Immigration, Prefectura and Harbour Master.

The immigration office is located 50 meters from the port, and operates Monday to Saturday from 12:30h to 16:30h. You will be stamped into the country and be given immigration papers.

Note: Every time you are issued a document/form, be sure to photocopy it 3 times. Ask Immigration to do this to save you having to visit the copy shop in town.

For domestic departure visit the Harbour Master to check out and pay and then Prefectura with your payment slip.

For international departure visit all offices.

Last updated:  October 2018

Aduana (Customs)
Tel:+598 4432 0038
Located a few metres from the port.
Port Authority (Direccion Nacional de Hidrografia)
Tel:+ 598 4432 0567 Fax:+ 598 4432 0671 ,VHF Channel 16
Located inside the port.
Prefectura (Coastguard)
Tel:+598 4432 2518 / +598 4432 2226 ,VHF Channel 16
400 mtrs. to the North at the round-about.

Docking

 

The marina offers good protection from southern waves, although the choice of the orientation of the pontoons is not efficient as boats are always taking wind from the side when the wind blows, either from the north (dry from the land) or from the south (wet, rainy, strong). Either way, strong winds make staying aboard uncomfortable and docking, challenging.

Visitors are offered stern-to berths with a mooring for the bow line. The marina don't operate on the VHF, so you will need to hail marina staff's attention to get help with the stern lines.

There is water, electricity and showers, all of which are charged for by the day with unlimited use, so remember to alert the marina staff of your requirements as soon as you arrive.

This is reported to be a popular place to take the boat up on the hard. Only port approved specialists can work in the port. The hydrografia has a list.

You are free to travel, leaving the boat behind. The place is known to be windy, so care should be taken to secure the boat.

Last updated:  October 2018

Puerto de Piriapolis
Government owned marina. Water & electricity on the dock, showers, free WiFi at harbour office (speed is good but it is not reliable).
Boatyard with 100 ton travel lift and dry dock. Good place to get work done.
Fees charged listed on the website.

Sailors for Sustainability
Sailors for Sustainability says:
Oct 20, 2018 01:35 PM

We arrived here from Brazil in October 2018. No-one answered our calls on channel 16 before we arrived. Finally, once in the marina we called again and the Prefectura answered in Spanish. The marina doesn't seem to use VHF, so we waited until marina staff found us. They directed us to a berth and took our stern lines to the pontoon, but they can't help with bow line to the mooring, which made it a bit challenging. Let them know then and there if you want electricity and water as there is a daily charge (unlimited use). Showers ok (paid), free wifi at harbour office. Movistar (in town) sells pre-paid sim cards with very cheap internet bundles.
Formalities: Immigration (passports, boat papers, clearing-out documents from Brazil, 517 pesos to be paid in cash, exact amount), then Prefectura (copies of passports, boat papers and the "Rol", which for us was the Brazilian Annex 1-A form (with stamps from immigration). Ask immigration to make a copy of the form after stamping it, so you won't have to go to town again to make a copy to give to the Prefectura. We made copies in town at the "Libreria" shop. On the street facing the beach is the only bank in town, where you can get pesos (needed for immigration) and dollars (not really needed, as you can pay in pesos or with bank card in most places). Finally, the harbour master / hidrografia, which only inspected documents and didn't need copies.
When we left for Montevideo, we went to pay the harbour master and then had to show our payment slip to the Prefectura.

csquared
csquared says:
Jul 16, 2016 07:26 PM

Good place to leave the boat. Reasonable prices and good boat services. Workshops are expensive though. They were in the process of building three new piers when we stayed there in September 2015.

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