Cabo Polonio

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Cabo Polonio
"Ranchos del Cabo" in Cabo Polonio
"Ranchos del Cabo" in Cabo Polonio
Cabo Polonio is located in Uruguay
Cabo Polonio
Cabo Polonio
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°23′51″S 53°47′21″W / 34.39750°S 53.78917°W / -34.39750; -53.78917Coordinates: 34°23′51″S 53°47′21″W / 34.39750°S 53.78917°W / -34.39750; -53.78917
CountryFlag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
DepartmentRocha Department
 • Total95
Time zoneUTC -3
Postal code
Area code(s)+598 4475
Sand dunes near Cabo Polonio

Cabo Polonio is a hamlet located in the eastern coast of Uruguay in the Rocha Department.

Cabo Polonio has no roads leading to it and is located about 7 km from the main highway. It is accessible by walking through the dunes or by 4x4 vehicles. The region has no electricity or running water for the few houses of this town, and wind power and a few generators are used to power some of the posadas and grocery store. There is a lighthouse that gets power from the national grid. Residents obtain water from nearby water wells or collecting rain water.


According to the 2011 census, it had a population of 95 inhabitants.[1][2][3]


Cabo Polonio sits on the tip of a peninsula that extends into the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean side of the peninsula experiences strong waves, while the bay interior to the peninsula is sheltered. At the top end, a lighthouse stands over boulders tumbling into the sea. Three small, rocky islands dot the coast nearby.

Near to the village is a colony of sea lions. The shore also has mobile sand dunes, in which the sand is blown by the wind and the dunes change their position over time. The village land is shared by the Uruguayan government and private owners. The government has included the area into the SNAP (Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) National System of Protected Areas.

In popular culture[edit]

Cabo Polonio is the setting for events spread over a 36-year period in Carolina de Robertis' novel Cantoras.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Censos 2011 Rocha (needs flash plugin)". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  2. ^ "1963–1996 Statistics / C" (DOC). Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay. 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 Census results". Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  4. ^ Nayeri, Dina (2019-09-03). "A Tale of Five Women". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  5. ^, Debbie Clark. "Review: 'Cantoras' tells stories overlooked by history and social norms". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2020-06-15.

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