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Jose Ignacio break guidePhoto by: alejandro brave

Jose Ignacio Surf Guide

Jose Ignacio in South Uruguay is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the west northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Be careful when surfing close to the submerged wreck.

Jose Ignacio Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
22.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Jose Ignacio:

The best conditions reported for surf at Jose Ignacio occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Jose Ignacio with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 28% of the time in June while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Jose Ignacio Location Map

Interactive Jose Ignacio 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 Jose Ignacio is El Jaguel International (Punta Del Este) Airport (PDP) in Uruguay, which is 30 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Jose Ignacio is Carrasco International (Montevideo) Airport (MVD), also in Uruguay, 130 km (81 miles) away.

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Jose Ignacio Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 31 March 2023, 16:21 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 9 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Jose Ignacio

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

Wind History at Jose Ignacio

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

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