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Location

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.

The marina staff will gladly assist with line handling. Tie up in a marina berth as directed 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). You will need to visit:

Immigration
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.

You may want to keep your vessel in the country indefinitely, but there is a recurring fee every 9 months based on the tonnage of the vessel (e.g. U$750 for a 16 ton yacht). If you leave Uruguay inside the 9 months, there is no fee.

Last updated March 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 port offers good protection from southern waves, although the choice of the orientation of the pontons 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 unconfortable and docking, challenging.

Visitors are offered stern-to berths (photos by Capt. Stephan Nedelchev) which has now been expanded, offering 100 new moorings.

There is water, electricity and showers, all of which are charged for by the day.

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 March 2018.

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

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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