A little over half an hour north of Lima, this is a modern and relaxed beach resort as well as a dynamic traditional fishing cove with calm waters that are perfect for sailing sports. On its sea front there is a mix of old wooden mansions, modern luxury buildings, restaurants and accommodation. In the 19th century, tombs from a large necropolis were found, from three clearly defined periods, as well as prehistoric remains dating back thousands of years before Christ. This led to the construction of a site museum.
Just half an hour south of Lima, it boasts clear waters and coarse sand. The bay is very spacious, and the power of the waves makes swimming and all water sports possible. It has excellent waves that break both to the left and to the right. The resort has restaurants and accommodation.
One of the most popular destinations for surfers. All year around there are right-handers and left-handers, which are large and strong with tubular sections that can reach over 4 metres (13 feet) in height. There are also waves suitable for beginners. The resort has cold waters, a sandy beach and a small rocky point. It is the most frequently chosen place for national and international surfing championships and rock concerts. There are good restaurants and a wide variety of services.
This was one of the first beach resorts south of Lima, and is the birthplace and home of great surfing professionals. There are three beaches and a small island opposite them. It is very popular with people from Lima looking to relax on the beach, and has hotels and restaurants.
A big beach resort, almost a small town, whose beach is characterised by its rocky sea floor. Punta El Peñascal is located here, a rocky beach with large waves that are perfect for surfing. Its most unique attraction is "el bufadero", a cave in the side of the cliffs, where the waves rush in and shoot out towards the sky through a crack in the rocks making a whistling sound.
An exclusive beach resort to the south of Lima, with modern buildings wedged onto the cliffs and small beaches. The beaches of Santa María and Embajadores are found within this resort. The latter has a half-moon shape, with a sand spit that is often covered at high tide. The sea in this area is very calm and the shore is flat. Excellent for swimming and suitable for everyone.
A very busy beach resort and fishing cove, where the quaint fishermen's homes are nestled among very modern buildings. One geographical highlight is the "Boquerón del Diablo", a 50 metre (164 feet) long open tunnel that cuts through the rock, allowing choppy waves to pass through it. Excursions and fishing trips are common activities. There is a hidden cove known as Las Ningas and Naplo beach, an exclusive place where luxurious houses have been built. The sea is very calm. The Galapagos Island, opposite Pucusana, is the only Peruvian beach resort to be accessible only by water. It is are home to luxury residences, a small beach and a sea as calm as a lagoon.
Bujama and Chocaya
Across from the village of Mala, and almost two hours from Lima, these two relaxing beaches welcome visitors. Bujama has large, beautiful houses, sand mixed with broken shells, gentle waves and an almost flat shore. The neighbouring beach is Chocaya, which has a rough sea. Almost nobody lives in the area, although campers visit the area from time to time and there are many beach resorts towards the south.
One of the last beach resorts, a little over two hours drive to the south of Lima. It is popular with surfers and campers during the summer, and offers many hotels and restaurants. The Cerro Centinela (Sentinel hill) protects the beach resort and reaches into the sea as if it were a second pier. Pre-Hispanic buildings can be seen on its hillsides that, according to the chronicler Cieza de León, were painted light green but, when seen from the ocean, they took on the blue colour that gave the town its name. It is an area full of nature, beaches and countryside.
Beaches of Asia
Located at km 97 on the Panamericana Sur highway, it has become one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Lima, with luxury holiday homes and a private beach. Asia's boulevard has shopping centres, famous brand clothes shops, the best restaurants and a wide variety of nightclubs and pubs. During the summer, fashion shows, performances, sporting events and concerts are held here.