Beaches and Resorts in Lima
In Lima city and near to the city, you will find numerous resorts and beaches on the banks of the Pacific Ocean.
Summer is from December to April, and you have the option to choose between many beaches.
The coast area is characterized to be desertic, existing beaches of extensive plains and others among hills or on the edge of ravines, some of them with sand, and others of stones. The water of the ocean is of green color for the great quantity of plankton. Some of calmed waters and others of big waves that are the delirium of the surfing lovers.
The best beaches are located south of Lima, and they are the favorite ones of young people. Near the beaches are located some inns, restaurants and discothèques that have intense night activity during summer.
Ancón: To the north of Lima (40 Km - 25 miles) Known for its very calm waters, has been frequented by the people of Lima since the nineteenth century, and today it is a small city almost integrated to metropolitan Lima. It reached its heights as a beach resort in the 50's and 60's. It still maintains elegant buildings and an impressive marina, the Yacht Club. Residential beach resort, buildings, nautical clubs, sailing ships, yachts, fishing. Archaeological area, very old pre-Inca necropolis.
The summer hotspot for Lima inhabitants. Starting at around 35 Km of the South-Pan American Highway, a string of beautiful beaches stretches down 100 km along the coastline to the city of Cañete (135 Km south). If you go by the South Pan-American freeway, you will find the beaches in the following order:
Villa and San Pedro:
Open sand beach, with big waves and strong currents, considered very dangerous waters.
Contiguous beaches, contained among small ravines, youth's favorite ones, and medium waves for surfing. Their waters are considered dangerous. Typical restaurants of marine food and bars outdoors. El Silencio and Caballeros are beaches of sand and Señoritas of stones. El Silencio (Km 41.5), Señoritas (Km 42), Pico Alto (Km 43), and Punta Rocas (Km 45).
SURFING - Waves all year long: The Peruvian coastline is bathed by Pacific waves all year long. In the coast of Lima, great surf beaches are Punta Rocas, site of one World Qualifying Series surfing tournament, Pico Alto, whose waves are compared to those in Hawaii, Punta Hermosa, Señoritas, Caballeros.
Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra and San Bartolo:
Residential beach resorts, restaurants and nautical clubs. Beaches with medium waves for surfing and areas of calm waters. Located among the kilometer 36 and 51 of the south Pan-American Highway.
Santa María and Embajadores:
Aristocratic beach resorts, buildings and residential areas, nautical clubs, sailing ships, yachts. The resort and sand beaches are located among hills that attenuate the winds, calm waters in their bay. Located in the kilometer 52 of the south Pan-American Highway.
Naplo and Pucusana:
(70 Km - 43.5 miles): Contiguous resorts and picturesque fishermen creek, residential areas. Beaches of very calm waters, located among hills and with small islands in their bay. Ideal area for fishing from the beach or from boats.
97.5 Km (61 miles) from Lima, near to the south Pan-American Highway. The jet set Peruvian beaches. The Sur Plaza Boulevard a big commercial area and the best restaurants and discotheques, bars, lounges, shopping malls, cinemas, supermarkets, gyms. Open in summer (December to April). In the zone are several contiguous private beaches and condoms as El Golf, Palabritas, Arenas, Playa Blanca, Playa Bonita, Playa del Sol, Cocoa, Las Palmas, Los Cocos, Sarapampa. Some hotels and Inns in the area.
Going south you will find all beaches in open areas and others with residential resorts in construction, such as:
- Puerto Viejo
- León Dormido (79 Km)
- Las Totoritas
- Cerro Azul (132 Km)
- Cañete (148 Km - 92 miles)