Ciudad de la Costa

Ciudad de la Costa
City & Municipality
Monument in Ciudad de la Costa
Monument in Ciudad de la Costa
Ciudad de la Costa is located in Uruguay
Ciudad de la Costa
Ciudad de la Costa
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°49′0″S 55°57′0″W / 34°49′0″S 55°57′0″W / -34.81667; -55.95000Canelones
 • City & Municipality51.25 km2 (19.79 sq mi)
 • Urban
57 km2 (22 sq mi)
(2011 Census)
 • Density2,194/km2 (5,680/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC -3
Postal codes
15000 - 15008
Dial plan+598 2 (+7 digits)
Location map of the Municipality of Ciudad de la Costa

Ciudad de la Costa is a city in Canelones Department of Uruguay, on the banks of the Río de la Plata between the streams Arroyo Carrasco and Arroyo Pando. It is considered an extension of the metropolitan area of Montevideo which it borders to the west, while to the east it borders Costa de Oro. It was declared a city on 19 October 1994 and given its current name.[1] At the 2011 census, it was the third most populated city of Uruguay.

Ciudad de la Costa is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs, but which does not include the area of Barra de Carrasco.[citation needed]


The area, characterized by a sandy beach 16 km long, was known as "Rincón de Carrasco" during the 19th century. It was populated gradually during the 20th century, forming a series of resorts starting from Barra de Carrasco in the west, up to El Pinar in the east. The various resorts became characterized by a high floating population that inhabited the area only in summer or on weekends, while most of the permanent population worked in Montevideo.

The abundance of sandy soils made possible the existence of multiple sand pits, which gave rise to the various lakes that characterize the area. Some lakes are used for bathing and water sports, while others are not suitable for these applications and, instead, act as a refuge for many species of birds and animals.

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