Nuevo Berlín is one of the best access points to the Uruguay River's exuberant nature. Various islands can be seen from its shore and are an ideal spot for spotting indigenous fauna and flora.
It is possible to navigate the open-river in small boats and reach narrow creeks where the sights and sounds of nature envelop visitors.
Those who do not own a boat can rent them from fishermen who offer tours for groups of 2-6 people. These boats are a great option for people who love fishing, and the locals are a great source of advice for finding the best catch in the area.
The tours usually visit several areas like Polaco, Redonda, Filomena, Chileno, Roman, Burro, Naranjo, and Santa Marta Chica islands, among others.
The Uruguayan coast is as vast as it is diverse. Nature, family friendly environments, sightseeing, and adrenaline all come together to offer amazing and unique experiences. There are small beaches surrounded by nature, or wild coasts ideal for water sports: beach lovers of all kinds always find what they were looking for, and more.
Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, is a business, event, and cultural center, and has great beaches right here in town. Piriápolis is another beach paradise to discover, with a European-style ocean-side avenue.
Punta del Este is a fitting alternative for high end beach goers, with a variety of services, the latest trends in design, fashion, and cuisine. Cabo Polonio is a gem by the Atlantic Ocean for a small beach-town vibe.
Other beaches such as La Paloma and Punta del Diablo are a must-go for surfers. After the sun goes down everyone comes out to have a good time. Go out to eat, catch a movie or a concert, or just stay in and contemplate the sky as it changes color and the stars come out.
During the low season, one can practically surf alone. This is a beach well-frequented by Brazilians, especially during carnival season.
Pesqueros de Playa Grande
This is one of the most consistent beaches in the area and receives swells from the E and S, bringing in high-quality waves. Swells coming from the east break left off the rocks, opening up towards the middle of the beach resulting in long tube waves that stretch for over 100 meters. Sea conditions permitting, we recommend surfers stay away from the rocks since going around the sandbank can be quite difficult with waves reaching up to a meter and a half in height. This can produce some dangerous currents for casual beach goers considering this is the only beach in the area that does not have active lifeguards on duty. The southern swells break fiercely to the mid-right, and if the bank is good and with a little luck there can be some really good waves coming your way.
With large swells southbound and winds from SW, El Barco can have very good waves. This is a good option when the tide is high and other beaches are inaccessible. Waves coming from the east also create good conditions at this beach.
La Moza Beach
Some of the best waves in the country can be found here when the tide is high. This beach faces the S and SE. We can find long, right-banking waves that can break 300 meters from the rocks. The water pours in where when they connect with the La Mocita rocks and waves can stretch for more than 500 meters. Waves reach heights of 2.5 meters to absolute perfection. Getting in position can be an exercise that requires patience as swells constantly pump making it difficult for surfers to make it to the rocky points. The alternative is to wait between sets and not hesitate to make your move as a slip up at this point can be dangerous. Or lastly, you can enter the water near Achiras, which is a longer paddle, but a safer one.
Despite being hard to reach, this paradise of sand dunes and white beaches is home to some excellent waves. The Southern Beach produces some great waves when the tide is south bound and the wind in the opposite direction. Here in Cabo Polonio, there are waves for everyone and for every style, taste and skill level. From the stream to the lighthouse all you have to do is pick a spot and enjoy. There is a large colony of sea lions that live in Cabo Polonio that can become disconcerted when they see people but are happy when left alone. Most of the year, Cabo Polonio is empty and those who do come often find it very peaceful off season.
Further towards Valizas you can also enjoy incredible beaches with long dunes and high quality waves. From the stream to the lighthouse all you have to do is pick a spot and enjoy. There is a large colony of sea lions that live in Cabo Polonio that can become disconcerted when they see people but are happy when left alone. Most of the year, Cabo Polonio is empty and those who do come often find it very peaceful off season.
This beach faces ENE, and is the only beach with this orientation on the whole of the coast. Here there are even fewer people and is it rare to find anyone surfing at all. Further towards Valizas you can also enjoy incredible beaches with long dunes and high quality waves.
This is a small fishing town, home of the biannual national surfing champions. The Rivero beach, faces eastwards that gets swells from the east ranging up to 2-meter in height. Depending on the state of the sandbanks, the most favorable winds come from the S, SW, W, NW, and N. Punta del Diablo also gets swells from the S and SW, which come in after sweeping through the rocks, past the monument and come to an end at the beach, breaking both to left and right. With a strong SW wind, one can surf comfortably. This is an easy wave, perfect for all levels of surfing and with several points at which the waves start to break. The Viuda Beach faces S-SE and provides very strong waves with various beach breaks. These waves also tend to be bigger and take on more tube-like shapes due to the flatter sandbanks. The best winds here are E, NE, N, NW, and W.
Clean sand coasts with small coves rounded off by rocky points, surrounded by the Río de la Plata.
From the Pando river mouth to the Solis Stream, breaking points commonly face the S or SE, and are able to be surfed in optimal conditions, with clean swells coming from S and SE and winds coming from N and NW.
Waves here generally do not exceed a meter in height, although a few times year some beaches may witness waves of 1.5 meters, ideal for beginner level surfers. In this area, sandbanks are more consistent during the summer months, due to strong spring winds from N and NE forming sand banks which the winter’s S, SW winds, also known as the pamperos, then remove.
The most-frequented beaches are Atlántida, Santa Lucía del Este, and Jaureguiberry or the Solís' river mouth, but there are also plenty of other spots alongside this 70 kilometer stretch that are good for practicing sports and relaxing.