Surfing in Argentina

Overview

Argentina, the land of tango and big cattle pastures, is the second largest country in South America and is bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Chile to the west. At about 3,500 km long, it is geographically diverse and filled with every imaginable natural beauty.

From tropical areas in the north, to the steppes in the middle of the country up to the arctic-like Tierra del Fuego in the far south. Each climate zone offers a unique experience with distinct species of plants and animals.

Those looking for museums, siteseeing and nightlife can visit Argentina’s bustling capital, Buenos Aires.

The northern part of the country is ideal for surfers as the conditions get harsher the further you travel south.

There is so much to see and do throughout the country, so whether you choose to surf, explore a natural oasis or dance the night away in Buenos Aires, a trip to Argentina is definitely worthwhile.

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Climate

Argentina primarily lies in the shade of the Andes, which causes the west winds to lose humidity and the temperatures to rise the further east one travels.

In both the Pampas and Mesopotamia regions, the weather is temperate to semitropical and humid year-round. Summers are muggy with an average maximum temperature between 28 and 33 degrees, and the winters chilly to mild with an average temperature of 15 to 22 degrees. The weather is sometimes unpredictable, and intense rainfall and strong winds are common. 

Central and Northwest Argentina, which includes the Sierras Pampeanas and Chaco regions, are very dry in the winter and hot and humid during summer. The most rain falls during November and December.

Patagonia is mostly dry throughout the year, with minimal rain in winter. Exceptions are the South Andes and the southern Tierra del Fuego, which are considerably more humid throughout the year.

Waves

The best surfing is along the northern coast of the country up to the border of Uruguay. This region provides amazing surfing conditions because of its slowly gradient ocean, wide sandy beaches and the short cliff line.

The further one travels south, the more steep the coast get and the water temperatures drop to uncomfortably cold levels. The best conditions are found in the morning or in the evening, when the wind is blowing offshore.

During summertime, the beaches near major cities and popular surd spots can get crowded. In general, Argentina’s surfing conditions are decent, but not quite as good as in other South American countries like Chile, Peru or Brazil.

Travel information

All international flights fly into Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (EZE), which is located 37 km southwest of Buenos Aires. In addition to the international airport, there are several smaller airports for flights between South American cities.

For travellers who are spending lots of time in South America, Airpasses like the Mercosur Airpass or the All America Airpass (includes North America) are cost-effective options. Once in Argentina, it is easy to travel around via regional flights, buses, taxis or rental cars.

You will need a car if you plan to visit the country’s more remote areas.