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El Barco ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.0

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El Barco Surf Guide

El Barco in South Uruguay is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south. The beach breaks favour rights. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Take care not to hit part of the wreck here.

El Barco Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Barco:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Barco occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf El Barco (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing El Barco with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 20% of the time in May while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 41% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
20%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
39%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
41%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Barco Location Map

Interactive El Barco surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to El Barco is El Jaguel International (Punta Del Este) Airport (PDP) in Uruguay, which is 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Barco is Carrasco International (Montevideo) Airport (MVD), also in Uruguay, 101 km (63 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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El Barco Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 14:46 Local Time
Tuesday 18
12PM3PM6PM9PM
Wave (m) 1.0
S
0.9
S
0.9
S
0.9
S
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 15
SW 15
SSW 10
SW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at El Barco

Surf stats for El Barco, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at El Barco

Wind stats for El Barco, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near El Barco. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Barco: