Uruguay - Profile
- One of the smaller South American countries, Uruguay has little coastline on the Atlantic. Besides Punta del Este and a few resorts in the vicinity, Uruguay holds little attraction for cruising yachts. There are more interesting things to see in the interior of this low, undulating country, which is the land of the gaucho.
- Uruguay is however a good alternative to Argentina if coming from the Falklands. There are some adequate repair facilities, Piriapolis in particular comes recommended by cruisers.
- The best facilities are at Punta del Este, Uruguay's main seaside resort and yachting centre, which has a marina and travelift. Piriapolis, a protected harbour to the West, has good new facilities, including a travelift, with several recommended yacht repair companies. The small port of Buceo close to the capital Montevideo has a yacht club with moorings available to visitors. The old city of Colonia has a good marina.
The climate is temperate but somewhat damp and windy. Winter lasts from June to September, averaging 50-60°F (10-16°C), but temperatures can drop below freezing. Summer is from December to March, when average temperatures are 70-80°F (21-27°C). The winds in the Rio de la Plata estuary are easterly in summer months. Strong SW winds called pamperos occur between June and October, occasionally reaching hurricane force.
For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.
Due to works at the Port of Piriapolis, it will be closed until December 15 2014. Works resume on March 15, 2016. While the port is closed it can only be accessed in an emergency.