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lima, peru beach map
See a map of Lima beaches below. On the left: El Silencio beach.

By Dyana Gonzales

The beaches south of Lima are among the most popular summer vacation spots for anyone looking for relaxation and recreation. The following ten beaches provide everything from crystalline waters, world-class surfing waves, scores of cevicherias, vibrant nightlife and noteworthy sunsets.

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You won’t find foreign tourists at Pozo de Lizas in Peru’s southern region of Moquegua. But Pozo de Lizas boasts a long sandy stretch, no rocks and great waves. (Photo by Pierro Sánchez Torres)  See slide show: Beaches and port charm in Ilo

By Nathan Paluck

Along Peru’s 1,900 miles of Pacific coast, the spotlight centers on the beaches of the far north and just south of Lima. Luxury bungalows of Máncora, the surf haven of Chicama, and the Lima summer getaways like Punta Hermosa are the beach kings.

Travelers looking to discover off-the-beat treasures, however, should look farther south to the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua.

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Expensive botique hotels and chic restaurants are one way of vacationing in the beaches of Máncora, Peru. But a traveler can also squeak by on one-dollar ceviches in markets and lodging for $10. Read more about the inexpensive side of Máncora.
Photo: Walter Hupiu/Promperu

By Luis Davelouis Langua, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Unlike what many think, a vacation to Máncora is not terrible expensive: Most basic services are cheap because labor is cheap. Like in many places, prices vary depending on quality and the type of customer it is directed to. That is why you can find hotels from 30 soles to $120 a night. (Those prices can doubl during high seasons.)

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A view from a restaurant in Pocitas, a relaxed beach vacation spot in Peru’s north.

By Kelly Giem
Photos by Mirella Astolfi

Las Pocitas during the off season: I’m not sure it’s a secret that I want to let out.

I didn’t spend much time in the town of Mancora itself, but rather down by the old Panamerican highway south of town in a section called Las Pocitas. Go down the road past the pier and there are a series of hotels and beaches that truly surprised me.

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Buen Abrigo Hotel is part of a new wave of lodgings for surfers in Chicama.

By Maria Helena Tord, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Surfers in Peru are famous not only for their great deeds on the waves, but also for being big adventurers and travelers who, in search of the best pipes, find rough beaches ideal not only for surfing, but also for the quiet enjoyment of the sun and sea.

Chicama is one of the beaches that have become legendary among local and foreign surfers who, back in the seventies, made it an obligatory stop on any trip to the north.

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By Yadira Salazar

When does beach season end in Lima, Peru? Usually the end is Easter weekend in March or April. I’m not sure why, but the weather during following weekends is always unpredictable.

Staying in bungalows at Organos beach, Peru's quiet vacation spot.
Beach side pool at Órganos beach. (All photos by Yadira Salazar)

At least, this happens in Lima and on most of the coast, but not in Peru’s north, where sun always shines. It was already late March and I went north looking for beach and sunny days.

After a one-hour flight to Piura and three-hour drive, we arrived in Máncora, which was very quiet compared to the party town it usually is. The reason: low season has already started which means plenty of accommodation available, plus lower prices. It was nice there, but I wanted to try something new. So we went to Órganos, seven kilometers from Máncora, a 15-minute drive.

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By Yadira Salazar

Growing up in Lima, on the coast, made going to the beach part of my regular life. It’s sad that the beaches in Lima aren’t that good unless you drive 40 minutes south. So the idea of going up north to look for a nice beach within walking distance of my accommodation sounded appealing. and surf: Peru offers the beaches of Pacasmayo
A beach at Pacasmayo. (All photos by Yadira Salazar) click to enlarge

For most people, the best beaches are way up north in Máncora. I agree, but it’s a long drive, 16 hours. I had only the weekend and a long bus ride wasn’t my idea of fun. So I was open to new ideas.

I went to buy a bus ticket and it was right there where I made a decision. The destination would be: Pacasmayo, about 10 hours from Lima. Pacasmayo seemed to be what I was looking for: a laid back beach town, not crowded, but still lively and most importantly sunny, warm and with an endless beach. The only thing I knew for sure about it was that there’s a huge cement factory called Cementos Pacasmayo. I was thrilled of the idea of discovering somewhere new!