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Argentina may be more well known for wine, steak and mountains, but many people don’t realize there are also some great spots for surfing. While many are located in Mar del Plata in the south of Buenos Aires province, there are also some further afield for daredevils searching for that adrenaline hit. We check out the most beautiful places to surf in Argentina.
The daddy of surf spots in Argentina, Mar del Plata is also one of the most popular tourist destinations during the summer. Mar del Plata is a haven for those wishing to combine city and sea, and aside from the slightly grim beach located on the curve of the city, there are plenty of great surf spots to the south. Playa Varesse is a good point for beginners, while Playa Grande has the best breaks on this stretch of coast. The waves get pretty crowded here, so you might want to check out Playa Mariano for faster and more powerful breaks, and a slightly less packed patch of sea.
Miramar is one of the premier holiday getaways over the summer months, with many spending the season there to take advantage of the great waves and surf scene in the southern coastal city. An multitude of jetties mean there are plenty of beach breaks along the coast, and it has a variety of options catering for beginners and advanced surfers. Check this website for up to date information on the surf forecast.
Necochea is one of the most picturesque surf spots on the Buenos Aires coast. Part city, part beach town, it is also a surfer’s paradise, attracting them from all over the country. For an extra idyllic enclave, head 35km south of Necochea to Los Angeles beach and Cueva del Tigre, which boasts a secret cave and some of the best waves in the region.
This popular surf town is one of many that make up the southern stretch of Buenos Aires province, along with Miramar, Mar del Plata and Necochea. It is also home to one of the official residences of the President of Argentina. The waves are great for surfing and bodyboarding, and is easily accessible from the highway. It is best visited when the wind is north-west on the coast.
Another popular spot with people wishing to go further afield than the tourist trap of Mar del Plata, Quequen still has everything you need to enjoy the beach and the breaks. Just a short drive from Necochea, Quequen has beachfront bars and a long stretch of sand overlooked by the settlement behind. A great place to spend the weekend on the waves.
While not your traditional surf destination, Peninsula Mitre in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego in southern Patagonia was one of the places that surf anarchists Gauchos del Mar decided to conquer on their quest to catch waves in some of the most untouched parts of the planet, and some of the most difficult and inhospitable surf spots to reach. Not necessarily recommended for anyone who doesn’t have nerves of steel and buckets of stamina, Peninsula Mitre can only be reached by trekking for days over uncharted territory, and if something happens, it is unlikely you will be able to make your way back. You have been warned, but it is undeniable that this could be one of the most beautiful, if dangerous, places to surf in the country.
This beach in Chubut province, Patagonia, is easily accessible from Puerto Rawson, the town located beside it. The waves aren’t especially fast or powerful, but they are fun, and one of the major advantages of surfing in Playa Union is that you are close to Puerto Madryn, where you can see whales and penguins at certain times of the year.