Surfing in Uruguay
Uruguay, often referred to as the Switzerland of South America, is located between Argentina in the south and Brazil in the north. It is the smallest Spanish-speaking country in South America and is characterised by a charming population and beautiful landscapes like the Pampas region in the centre of the country and the endless beaches along the coast. Visitors should check out the thermal-springs in the northeast of the country which are a great way to relax after a long day of touring or surfing.
Those who are not prone to getting seasick should also take one of the breathtaking whale watching trips along the shore. Uruguay’s cities are charming and inviting, so grab a cup of coffee and discover all they have to offer including remnants of colonial Spanish influence.
Uruguay is relatively unknown as a travel destination, so you’ll have the opportunity to experience the country before masses of tourists arrive.
Northern Uruguay experiences a subtropical climate while the south is more moderate. Winters are mild and summers can get chilly, especially when the Pamperos (polar wind) blow from the southwest of country. There is no defined rainy season in Uruguay since it rains throughout the year.
The best time to visit the country is during the South American wintertime from January to February, which is usually the warmest time of the year.
With more than 200 kilometres of coast, surfers do not have to share waves with a lots of people. No matter what your surf experience level is, you will find a suitable spot. The most breaks can be found on the northeast coast, as this coastline is more open to swells from the Atlantic.
Best surfing season for beginner: September – May
Best surfing season for advanced surfer: June – October
Crowd factor: more in the summer
Those traveling to Uruguay typically fly into the Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco (MVD) close to the capital of Montevideo. There are direct flights from South American cities including Porto Alegre, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Santiago de Chile and Asuncion.
Beside the international airport, there are also several smaller airports for regional travel. Once in the country, you can continue your journey by rental car, bus or taxi. A rental car is necessary for trips to more remote areas of the country.
For travellers who plan on a longer stay in South America, multi-country Airpasses like the Mercosur-Airpass or the All American Airpass (includes North America) are a great deal.