If you're a die-hard surfer and have always wanted to ride the waves down in South America, then this summer is the perfect time. Summer time in North America is winter in South America. The two hemispheres are reversed. This means you will get really great hotel rates, plus the beaches won't be as packed as they are during South American summers.
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
This is one of the most unique surf spots in South America. It has beautiful white sand beaches and consistently impressive waves. The other great thing about the town is that it is still somewhat of hidden gem. The town is remote. Originally it gained popularity with nomadic surfers and backpackers. Surfing fanatics would show up and camp out in tents. After a while small, boutique hotels started to pop up in the town. It is still a bit of a trip from Montevideo, so there is not a crush of tourists.
You could fly into either Montevideo or Buenos Aires in neighboring Argentina. You could then spend a few days in either town, both of which are spectacular South American cities with live music, great restaurants, and lots of hotels. From there you can take a bus to Punta del Diablo. There are small beach hotels and hostels in Punta del Diablo. The town also has a number of cool beachfront bars and cafes.
If you're interested in catching one of the longest waves in the world, then you must head to Chicama, Peru. It's famous for long, incredibly smooth waves. Surfers can catch a wave and ride it for several minutes. The town also doesn't have a territorial surf culture, so there will be no "fighting" for waves, or other unfriendly behavior that you find in some surf locales.
There are some hotels built in Chicama, ranging from very rustic beach front ones developed by locals, to some larger hotels that outside developers built. However, you might also want to stay in neighboring Trujillo.
Chicama is very close to the large city of Trujillo, about a 30km ride. You can catch a bus to and from the bigger town. You will have to fly in to Trujillo, as Chicama has no airport. Trujillo is a huge city with a rich history, including Pre-Columbian architecture, Spanish colonial architecture, and modern buildings. You will find many hotels to choose from. There are affordable ones that cater to students, modest ones for families on a budget, as well as 4 star hotels.
For more help with hotels, contact a business like Oak Tree Inn.