This is a deep-water beach, also very popular in high season, and many surfers’ favourite. Surfers don’t have to worry about people swimming, even in high season, because the classic surfing spot is far away from where people usually swim. The classic wave is left-handed, right on the rocks. There’s a right-hand wave in the middle of the beach, where people swim, towards the peninsula. It is close to shore, tubular and fast, but almost impossible to ride in the summer because of the number of people swimming. Waves go up to seven feet (two meters) high.
Look out for winds going from the south, southwest, west and west-northwest, and swell going southeast, and east-southeast, for optimal conditions. The rocky bottom of the left-hand wave breaks a lot of boards on the drop, because it’s tubular and fast, but after a few feet, the wave goes milder and long. The spot is quite crowded with surfers in the summer, and rocks can be dangerous, so it’s best for those at a medium to advanced level.
Playa Bikini, Manantiales, Maldonado, Uruguay
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