During our recent trip to Buenos Aires we decided to hop over to Colonia. The ferry over the Rio de Plata was great and well organized. A tip is to use SeaCat operators. We bought tickets at half the price to the main operators Busquebus. We didn't arrange tours thinking we will wing once there. However we dud go on New Year' s day and it was busy. We managed to book a hop on hop off bus - busTuristico- but after wasting nearly hours and not getting any further than the port we walked back to claim our money. Apparently only one bus was operating (which they neglected to tell us). However they were quite good at refunding our money. But we we were at a loss what yo do AND we had 3 children with us who we're looking forward to a beach day ( which was our main intention of visiting Colonio). Luckily the owners of Vurritos a rental company organized us a lift to Playa Ferrando. What a blessing! We settled at the local beach bar and spent a relaxing day swimming, sleeping, chatting, pleating and drinking. The owners of the bar a delightful couple and we discovered their pizza which was great and their chips and dips. Try the local beer Pilsen. We were away from the main beaches in the tour routes- away from the maddening crowds. Just an idyllic day. Oh yes you can hire loungers etc from the beach bar lounge on an hourly rate.
The kids spent the whole day swimming. The water is brown but not dirty. There are locals milling around and scooting up and down but made interesting people watching. Beach patrol was on duty. The bathroom facilities are ok at the beach but gets worse during the course of the day.
If going to Colonia either make it a beach day or organize your tours upfront otherwise there is not much to do.
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