Laguna Garzon Uruguay Kiteworld travel

Laguna Garzon | Uruguay

Laguna Garzon Uruguay Kiteworld travel

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Laguna Garzon Uruguay Kiteworld travel

WHEN TO GO

Peak Season: October – March

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: $2 – 8
Restaurant Meal: $10 – 250
Accommodation: From $40 per night

USEFUL CONTACTS

LAURA’S KITE AND WINDSURF SCHOOL
www.kiteywindsurflaura.com
laumonino@hotmail.com
+598-94043800
Whatsapp: +598-94420704

THE LURE

Uruguay may not be a well known kiteboarding destination but its expansive coastline is home to some world class spots - and Laguna Garzon is just that. A huge sheltered lagoon with acres of flat water on one side of the sand bar and the playful waves of the South Atlantic on the other, Laguna Garzon is an absolute gem. Whatever your level – visit now before all your mates find out about it! Laguna Garzon Uruguay Kiteworld travel

THE SET-UP

Laguna Garzon is a massive lagoon with access to the open ocean. Shallow, flat and ideal for beginners, if you stay close the sandbar you’ll find some of the most buttery conditions that are a freestyler’s dream when it’s blowing. Head out of the lagoon and just a few metres over the sandbar you’ll be faced with an entirely different spot with miles of uncrowded sandy beach, plenty of room to launch and land a kite and, perhaps more importantly, waves. The swell doesn’t tend to get massive but the conditions are pretty reliable and the waves outside the lagoon offer riders making their first forays into wave riding the perfect opportunity to hone their skills on a forgiving but fun beach break. It doesn’t draw a huge crowd, but at weekends during the peak of the summer season (January) it can get a little more crowded than usual with both windsurfers and kiters as well as students from the kite school. The wind is steady and predominantly cross-shore from the left but can blow slightly off or onshore at times. Usually building in the afternoons, the mornings are lazy and good for a relaxing holiday. Laguna Garzon Uruguay Kiteworld travel

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

The season runs from October through to March, peaking in January with steady winds up to five days a week during the high season and an average windspeed of 15 to 25 knots. Expect to ride anything from a seven to 12 metre and all types of board on flat water, choppy ramps and waves. You won’t always need a wetsuit but it’s worth taking a 2mm summer suit or shorty and possibly even a full 3/2 for the colder days when the wind blows from the south. Fairly balmy air temperatures, but if you’re here during the winter, or if it’s windy in the evening then you’ll be thankful for a warm layer.

ACCOMMODATION

Hale Lau B&B belongs to the owner of Laura’s kite school, so is reasonably priced and they’ll organise transportation and food for you while offering you discounted rates at the kite school on lessons or gear rental while keeping you updated on the conditions. Room prices start at $40 per night and readers of Kiteworld even get a discount! www.halelau.com

SCHOOLS

LAURA’S KITE AND WINDSURF SCHOOL, founded over 30 years ago, is the only IKO accredited school in the area. They run lessons for all levels from October through April. There is an equipment shop onsite with new and used gear, rentals, storage and a rescue boat is onhand at all times. Languages spoken by instructors: Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese. www.kiteywindsurflaura.com laumonino@hotmail.com +598-94043800 Whatsapp: +598-94420704

NO WIND

SUPing, surfing, canoe or kayak rental or take a diving excursion on the seaward side of the sandbar. Alternatively there’s horseback riding, mountain biking, trekking in the local nature reserves and sampling the excellent local cuisine and wines in nearby Jose Ignacio where there are also art galleries and museums.

GET AROUND

Although beautiful, Laguna Garzon is quite secluded but isn’t isolated. The nearest village of Jose Ignacio is only seven kilometres away and easily accessible by bus or taxi with supermarkets, restaurants, art galleries and even a museum on offer, should you want to check out somewhere new. If you’re staying at Laguna Garzon, it could be a good idea to hire a car if you want to venture a little further afield.

CURRENCY

Uruguyan Peso (UYU) - £1 = UYU38 / €1 = UYU28 / US$1 = UYU25. Dollars and Euros are easily exchanged.

FOOD AND DRINK

In Jose Ignacio there’s a wide variety of restaurants serving an array of local and international dishes and there are some quiet but ambient bars as well. Punta del Este, a bigger town, is 30 kilometres away with vibrant nightlife and a multitude of bars and clubs. It prides itself on being one of the most glamorous seaside resorts in America (so make sure you’ve got something a little smarter than boardshorts and flip- flops to change into).

AIRPORT

Punta del Este (PDP) is 50 kilometres and Montevideo (MVD) is 180 kilometres away. Buses run from both to Garzon Lagoon, but car rental from the airport is also an option.
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