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Submitted on Mar 24, 2020 Useful Info

Where to surf in Uruguay?

Uruguay has more than 200 km of gorgeous coastline that has a little secret - whether you're a pro, or taking your first surf steps, Uruguay is an excellent place to hit the waves!


Los Botes, La Paloma

In this tiny fishing village, you can buy cheap, fresh fish directly from fishermen. Wonderful treat after hitting the waves.

The sand is nice and hard, with a wide shoreline.

The drop starts on a rocky bottom, which then turns to sand. In perfect conditions, the wave reaches around two meters high and up to a 150-meter ride. On low tide, the rocks become dangerous so be careful.

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Punta del Este

Fancy bars, amazing restaurants and beautiful people everywhere! Although it doesn't have the best surf in the country, it has plenty of surf schools in the city. Punta del Este is a wonderful spot for beginners to surf.

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La Aguada, La Paloma

This place has banks, supermarkets, and large hotels, but that doesn't mean it loses any of its charm, especially if you stay in one of the hostels behind the beach. And with some of the best surf in all of Uruguay, this is a must-visit.

This is a great beach for beginners, and it has many surf schools to rent boards and book lessons. With the right conditions, the right and left-hand waves turn into medium to advanced levels and can be two meters high or more.

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La Pedera

This small village of La Pedera is known as 'the anti-Punta del Este', this picturesque town has over recent years received fame amongst the bohemian travelers.

Surfing conditions here can be a little hard for beginners, but if you've got some experience, be sure to check out El Barco and Desplayado.

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La Viuda, Punta del Diablo

Punta del Diablo is hippie heaven. This fishing village has dirt roads, crumbling clapperboard houses, and marvelous unspoiled beaches.

The waves here are powerful and have multiple peaks along the whole shore.

They stay on a good size for quite long and have a tubular shape. The bottom varies from rocky to sandy. There are waves all year round, but the best months are from September to November, and from March to May. The waves here are right and left-handed and go from half a meter to two meters high.

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Playa Calavera, Cabo Polonio

This unusual town is only accessible by and allowed vehicles, as it is located in a protected area behind the massive sand dune.

The whole town is part of a natural sanctuary, as many sea mammals live and stay on the beaches.

It is home to one of the greatest sea lion reserves in the world, so it is not unusual to see some sea lions swimming next to you as you surf. You might also see dolphins on the waves.

The best conditions for the right-hand wave, which can be two meters high or more, are winds from the north and northwest, and southeast swell.

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