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When is the best time to visit Uruguay?

The best time to travel to Uruguay - particularly to its coastal areas - is during its summer months between November and February, with many of the beach resorts effectively closing for much of the year as soon as summer slips into autumn.

However, travel is possible year-round; especially if focusing on more cultural sites and cities.

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Uruguay Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Carmelo 29°C 87mm 29°C 85mm 26°C 110mm 23°C 80mm 19°C 64mm 16°C 60mm 15°C 56mm 17°C 65mm 19°C 61mm 22°C 99mm 25°C 90mm 28°C 81mm
José Ignacio 26°C 87mm 26°C 97mm 25°C 81mm 21°C 87mm 19°C 91mm 16°C 97mm 15°C 91mm 16°C 98mm 17°C 102mm 19°C 87mm 22°C 77mm 25°C 63mm
Montevideo 29°C 79mm 28°C 83mm 26°C 93mm 22°C 90mm 19°C 83mm 15°C 80mm 15°C 73mm 16°C 81mm 18°C 77mm 20°C 91mm 24°C 80mm 27°C 70mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Uruguay

Juanico vineyards

Visiting Uruguay in January - February

This is the warmest and driest time of the year to visit Uruguay. Go horse riding and wine tasting against a backdrop of blue skies, but make sure to book very early to get the best choice of hotels on the beach.

Events & Festivals

  • Montevideo Carnival (around Easter): Montevideo's carnival takes place annually in February and March, although Uruguay is proud of holding the longest carnival in South America, with some celebrations starting as early as late January. Read more
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Visiting Uruguay in March

The crowds have officially left Uruguay's beaches by March, and whilst some restaurants have started to close, much of the coastal infrastructure remains open and visitors have access to vast quiet stretches of sand and ocean.

Events & Festivals

  • Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha (March): Taking place in Tacuarembó, this festival celebrates all things guacho, featuring parades, rodeos and traditional music.
  • Montevideo Carnival (around Easter): Montevideo's carnival takes place annually in February and March, although Uruguay is proud of holding the longest carnival in South America, with some celebrations starting as early as late January. Read more
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Visiting Uruguay in April - May

Although the country has entered its autumn, the sea around Uruguay is generally at its warmest in April and May, making this a good time to visit the beaches and go snorkeling offshore. 

Montevideo, Uruguay

Visiting Uruguay in June - September

Uruguay's winter months (June to September) are quiet in terms of visitor numbers, but don't necessarily make bad times to travel; particularly if the focus of a trip is more cultural. Visiting Montevideo and some of the small surrounding towns can be enjoyable experiences year-round. This is also the time to spot southern right whales in Uruguay's waters.

Events & Festivals

  • Whale watching (June to November): At this time of year it's possible to spot southern right whales off Uruguay's coast, where they come annually to breed.
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Visiting Uruguay in October

Spring has arrived in October, and towards the end of the month some of the country's beaches are starting to attract vistiors again, with some restaurants re-opening for the season. A hire car is invaluable for beach exploration at this time of year.

Events & Festivals

  • Whale watching (June to November): At this time of year it's possible to spot southern right whales off Uruguay's coast, where they come annually to breed.
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Visiting Uruguay in November

A lovely month to visit Uruguay. Montevideo is pleasantly warm and the beaches are quieter than in December.

Events & Festivals

  • Whale watching (June to November): At this time of year it's possible to spot southern right whales off Uruguay's coast, where they come annually to breed.
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Visiting Uruguay in December

Uruguay's beaches can fill up with holidaying Brazilians and Argentinians in December and hotel prices shoot up; particularly over Christmas and New Year.

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