This beach is right next to Punta del Este city centre, and is easily accessible via the coastline promenade, which reduced the dimensions of the beach when it was constructed. There isn’t a lot of sand, and the water is deep; despite this, it is still the busiest beach in the city, so be careful to watch out for swimmers. The beach is in a cove with rocks at each end, and there are the remnants of a shipwreck right in the middle. It can bring potent waves, left and right, up to seven feet (two meters) tall.
The optimum wind blows from the south, southwest, west, and west-northwest. The optimum swell direction is east and east-southeast. The beach has a sandy bottom except for the rocks on the right side, called La Virgen, where the bottom is rocky and the currents very strong, making it ideal only for experts.
La Plage is part of Brava Beach and a crowded beach all year round. It has a sandy bottom throughout. There’s a beach break that generates very good fast right- and left-hand waves, sometimes tubular shaped. Of medium to advanced difficulty, the waves can reach up to seven feet (two meters) high.
Optimal conditions are with wind blowing from the north, west-northwest, and east-northeast, and swell going east, east-southeast, and southeast. There are some strong currents and potholes that you need to watch out for.
This beach is located further east of Punta del Este, which usually means it’s less crowded. The waters are a mix of the Maldonado stream, the Río de la Plata River, and the Atlantic Ocean. There are good left- and right-hand waves that form waves up to seven feet (two meters) high. The bottom is sandy and waves form on a beach break, but take care because there are some rocks as well. Unfortunately, this spot is quiet most of the time, because it’s hard to get the optimum conditions of wind and swell.
Watch out for winds blowing from the north, northwest, and northeast, and swell going south, east-southeast, and east.
Montoya beach is very popular during high season; there are usually parties going on and a lot of people sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. Off season, it is many surfers’ beach of choice, because it is far away from the city and presents very good left- and right-hand waves all year round. The waves can be up to seven feet (two meters) high and there is a sandy bottom.
Optimal conditions are with winds blowing from the north, northeast, and northwest, and swell directed south, and southeast. Take care of the crowds of people swimming in high season, and watch out for beginner surfers.
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.
Parts of this information were translated with permission from Guia de Surfing. Check it out to find out more information about surfing on each of these beaches and others along the long Uruguayan coast.