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Colonia Old Town

Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento), founded by the Portuguese in 1680, is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Situated only a day sail away Colonia is a very popular with yachtsmen from Buenos Aires and La Plata. As a result the harbour can be quite crowded at weekends. It is an ideal destination for foreign yachts wanting to restart the clock on their Argentinian 'Certificado de Admisión Temporal'.

It is also an excellent destination in its own right with quiet shady streets, a slow moving lifestyle, and plenty to see and do.

Classic cars on the cobbles of Calle de Portugal


See Uruguay.


The harbour at Colonia is open to the NNW while SWly weather can set up quite a surge in the harbour.

See also Uruguay.


See Uruguay.


See Uruguay.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The approach to the Colonia Yacht Harbour is straightforward and free of dangers.


Colonia is a port of entry for Uruguay. For details see Entrance: Uruguay.

Having secured either alongside or to a mooring buoy you should first present yourself to the Prefectura guardship which is berthed at the end of the seawall.

This is followed by a call at the port office at the root of the seawall. If arriving from a foreign port then a short walk is required to visit the Immigration authorities at the Buquebus ferry terminal. There is no requirement to clear in with the Aduana(Customs).

Departure requirements mirror the arrival ones. Pay mooring dues at the port office, pick up your paperwork at the guardship, attend immigration, take paperwork back to guardship.


Yachts can secure head in to either the seawall or the inner pier with a stern line to a haul off buoy.

There are a good number of mooring buoys in the harbour suitable in the main for yachts up to about 12 metres or so. These buoys have no pick up pennant attached so you need to either have a dinghy in the water to help make fast or be prepared to back up to the buoy and make fast from your stern platform or ladder. The buoys are quite low to the water and too heavy to lift with a boat hook.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

View of the harbour.

There is no marina as such.


List anchorages. If there is more then 1-3 paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template). Remove this section if not applicable.

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Water Potable water is available 'on tap' along the sea wall
Electricity Electricity is available along the sea wall ( Blue 3 pin 'Euro' plugs)
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
Fuel Gas/oline can be organised - with a rapid turnaround- through the port office at the root of the sea wall
Bottled gas Gas/Propane can be organised - with a rapid turnaround- through the port office at the root of the sea wall
Chandlers There is a Musto outlet in the old port which sells a small range of chandlery. Several small but good hardware stores can be found in the town
Repairs Minor mechanical repairs can be organised through the Port Office. Work completed in a timely manner, efficiently and at a good price
Internet Free WiFi is available at most restaurants and is also available in the plaza
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals As Colonia is a very popular tourist destination there are numerous rental companies offering motorbikes and 'buggies'
Medical Dentist: Dr Sandra Fontana Assandri, 662 Artigas, Tel 22186. Walking distance from the dock


A number of small 'supermercados' are scattered through the town. All general requirements are carried. The 'Colonia' shopping mall lies a walkable distance to the NE of the town but unless you are seeking something you can't find in town the walk is barely justified. Good fruit and vegetables available in the town.

Eating out

Calle Gral. Flores, the main street

Numerous good quality eateries along Gral. Flores and in the old town. Argentinian Pesos, US Dollars, Euros, and Brazilian Reals are all readily accepted -at good exchange rates- by most businesses.


  • There are regular bus services to [[Montevideo (Buceo)]|Montevideo]]
  • Ferry services, some utilising fast catamarans, depart Colonia every few hours for Buenos Aires


The view to the south west


Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Uruguay.


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