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“Hidden gem - pure relaxation”
Review of Playa Ferrando

Playa Ferrando
Reviewed 10 January 2014

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.

2  Thank Ilonka P
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

As a Brazilian, I know beaches. Playa Ferrando really looks like a sea beach, although it is on Rio de La Plata. The only down, is that the beach is kind of noisy. There are a lot of locals, riding their motorbicycles back and forth. It is also a little dirty: don't be surprised if you find a couple of plastic bottles on the sand...It is a shame.

2  Thank Robby2012
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

If you go to Colonia, try to go to Ferrando Beach. It´s a beach situated among the woods. Really nice to have a nice view of the river, walk with your wife or girlfriend among the beach, and have some drink in situ. The beach is not so big but it is another option to do in Colonia if you are tired of the hotel pool.

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Reviewed 17 January 2012

A very beautiful spot just outside the city of Colonia. Walk (or drive) to the end of the main drag (Flores). You will see two gas stations. Turn right after the far one and walk 1 - 2 kms... right at the round about, another 100 mtrs you will be at the beach.
Just before the beach is a road that leads down to a old gravel mine, which is now a beautiful lake.. the locals secret, you won´t find any tourist here. The beach, where you can collect shells, quartz and drift wood is also very beautiful. Usually its deserted, but on holidays it can get crowded. There is a bar run by a groovy young couple whom I imagine would be struggling, so good if you can support them. If you are game there is a squatter village behind the dunes, where the people build houses on government land, keep horses, run businesses. It was to be the sight of a new Hilton, but they refuse to budge and the govt can´t move them as the squatting laws of Uruguay prevent it. They even tap into the power grid, and it is illegal for the power company to disconnect them. They cut trees to sell firewood and fish for their dinner. It´s an interesting tour, but dress down and don´t go at night. It seems to be quite family oriented.

6  Thank Kanan A
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

I stayed on full day at Ferrando, definitely a recommended spot if you like the beach. Fresh river, wide beach, comfy. Aprox 20 minute bike ride.

Best: Quiet, at least in November, better suited for couples.
Not so good: If you can take your own food and drinks, the bar is nice but far from the beach. You won't have to go through the trouble of walking in hot sand + you will save $$.

4  Thank Pam655
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