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“Tranquillo”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Playa Ferrando

Playa Ferrando
Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Tranquillo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

Visited January 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Nice beach in Colonia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 $$.

Visited November 2011
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Deer Lodge, Montana
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“Secluded beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2011

Very quiet beach away from the hustle of this busy little village. Not sure about walking to or from it in the dark, but a must to visit during the day.

Visited November 2011
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Rent a Bike and don't miss this place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2011

Just 20 min by bike.
A nice open river-beach to chill out.
Perfect for pets and read friendly couples.
Advice - take your own food & beverages!

Visited March 2011
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Ash, United Kingdom
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“Not worth the effort”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

Having read about Playa Ferrando on this site, an article on a newspaper website, and some brief notes in a guidebook, we thought this was worth the effort visiting. Now although we went against the advice and walked there, making the final destination even more disappointing, I have to say, that regardless of how you get there, it is certainly no better than any of the beaches around Colonia itself. The backdrop of the Zona Franca industial site doesn't do anything for the beach, and you probably don't want to stray into the residential area around it. True, there are plenty of people swimming in the lagoons, but this isn't at all idyllic. You will feel much more relaxed on the beach on the Colonia seafront.

There is a path onto the beach to the west, via the old railway tracks, but I would advise against it, partly due to the neighbourhood you pass, but also because it may involve walking over an old small railway bridge. The recommended path to the beach is from the north, which is why the tourist office recommends taking a taxi there.

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