"Beaches of Rocha" La Paloma by kyoub

La Paloma Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 45 photos

The pigeon

The eastern coastal province of Uruguay, is Rocha. It has 112 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches and interesting coastal towns rich in history. La Paloma is the largest of these villages. It is located about 78 miles east of Punta del Este. It got its name from
the fisherman who thought they could visualize the silhouette of a pigeon on its shores.


La Paloma is is located on Cape Santa Maria, thus the name of the lighthouse. It was erected in 1874 and named Cabo Santa Maria.
It was made a historic monument in 1976.
You can climb up to the tower when it is open on week-ends and holidays.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful beach town
  • In a nutshell:Glad we avoided the summer crowd
  • Last visit to La Paloma: Apr 2008
  • Intro Written Apr 24, 2008
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    The beach, sculptures, historic lighthouse, birds and whales make this place magnificent. Great tips Kay!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Good that you were able to add the White Monjita to your list.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 4:56 AM

    Beach & lighthouse. Paloma ia a right place for me :) great page with useful tips here. congrats.Bora

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 4:32 AM

    I love lighthouses..here's another one that I have to see...and I think the kids in white lab coats are young scientists (lol) but also not sure who the lady statue is...

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 5:33 AM

    Gorgeous beaches. Great spot for bird watching. Bet you were thrilled with that.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    The sea looked a little wind-tossed when you visited--I imagine this being their Fall season made it a bit cold, too. The beach pics are lovely!! Thanks, Kay, for a glimpse of La Paloma...just love that name!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    love the 'everyday' tips of normal life here - good stuff.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Excellent page with well written tips and great photos. I used to do bird watching and so thanks for sharing the adventure of this nature paradise.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Another gorgeous beach - I never knew Uruguay had such an attractive coastline. Shame you were too early for the whales though, and that you had to go without lunch ;)

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2008 at 3:56 AM

    It's always exciting to see a completely new bird. Loks like a lovely place to spend some time - providing you're not sharing it with 30,000 others! leyle


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