Beaches & Spas of Tumbes


Punta Sal, Zorritos and Puerto Pizarro are the most required beaches by tourists in Tumbes.


Beaches of white sand and warm (26°C. average), with almost guaranteed sun all year round, each offering different alternatives, one for game fishing, spear fishing, whale watching, other ideal for relax and rest. Hotels and bungalows for rent on these beaches and how to reach them.


Other beaches of Tumbes are Cancas, Acapulco, Punta Mero, Bocapán, Playa Hermosa, Jeli. All beaches are accessible via the North Pan- American Highway.


The beach of Máncora located in the department of Piura is more accessible from city of Tumbes referred to flights from Lima, in relation to the city of Piura.


For nature lovers easy access to visit any of the protected natural areas of Tumbes.


Puerto Pizarro

Located 13 km / 8 miles north of the city of Tumbes (15 minutes by car), accommodations and restaurants is available, rent boats, kayaks and jet skis. There are regular transportation between Puerto Pizarro and Tumbes city. The fishermen’s cove of Puerto Pizarro is one of the starting points for visiting the mangrove swamps in the Mangroves of Tumbes National Sanctuary and navigate the Tumbes River delta. Off the coast of Puerto Pizarro lie the islands Isla del Amor (of Love) has lunch restaurants and attractive swimming beaches and island Hueso de Ballena (whale bone), with excellent beaches, also there is the island Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island - not landed on), which is the refuge of a great variety of birds and is an ideal spot for bird watching, especially at sunset, when huge flocks of seabirds return to roost for the night. Puerto Pizarro is also famous for their black shells and crabs, prized for its taste and aphrodisiac qualities and offers a varied and exquisite seafood. Another attraction of Puerto Pizarro is the also well known breeding center of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), a species unique to Peru but unfortunately endangered.



Capital of the province of Almirante Villar, located 28 km / 17 miles southwest of the city of Tumbes (30 minutes by car). Is the biggest fishing village along the coast of Tumbes. During the nineteenth and early twentieth century was a major center of oil production, the largest in South America. In the town of Zorritos can find the commercial area with basic services as drugstores, Internet services, shops, market, telephones, restaurants, bars and accommodation services. He has a great boardwalk and some hotels and restaurants are located in the beach ocean front. This beach is made of fine, white sand and is stroked by continuous waves. The waters are warm (on average 26°C / 79°F). Zorritos is ideal for sports such as boating, surfing and fishing and for those seeking a quiet beach to relax. Zorritos is located near the Hervideros area. Interesting coastal birdlife.


Punta Sal and Canoas de Punta Sal

Located in the province of Almirante Villar, 80 km / 50 miles southwest of the city of Tumbes (1 hour and 15 minutes by bus) and 23 km north of Máncora (20 minutes by car). It is one of the most beautiful and longest beaches of the north coast of the country, ending in the town of Cancas the north. It is characterized by its warm, tranquil waters (average temperature 24°C / 75°F). The beach is divided in two: the resort of Punta Sal Grande and Punta Sal Chica. The latter is an isolated, half-moon beach with white sand and protected by two small headlands. This spa has good hotels, accommodations and restaurants. Punta Sal and ideal for holidaymakers looking for sun, warmth and tranquility, it is also suitable for fishing, diving and between June and October for whale watching.


Possibly the most heavenly beach on Peru’s north coast. The beach resort of Punta Sal or Punta Sal Grande, as it is known locally, is one of the most spell-binding beaches on the Peruvian coast, and enjoys peace and sunshine all year round. There is excellent fishing and diving to be found in its warm and clear waters. Seafood lovers will appreciate the local shrimp, lobsters and the finest fresh fish to be found up north. Access and services: the beach is reached via a 2 km detour off the North Pan-American Highway at kilometer 1.187. The area teems with hotels and restaurants that throb with activity during the summer season. Apt for all vehicles.


How to get to these beaches?

To get from Lima to these beaches Punta Sal and Puerto Pizarro Zorritos alternative is by air to Tumbes, Talara or Piura. The flight from Lima to Tumbes takes on average 1h 50 '. Punta Sal is located 80 km from Tumbes and 91 km from Talara.


It also has the alternative ride in a bus, the bus trip from Lima to Tumbes takes an average of 19 hours. From the cities of Máncora, Piura, Tumbes and Talara ground transportation services are available to these beaches. From Ecuador, road through the North Pan-American Highway (1A) entering to Tumbes by Aguas Verdes - Huaquillas. Many of the hotels in this area provide for the transfer from the airport or bus station to the hotel.


Other Beaches of Tumbes (north to south)

El Bendito Beach: You reach this beach by North Pan-American Highway going along a dirt road from Zarumilla. Ranging from the height of the jump to the same height of the inlet. Very close to the beach is a town with the same name.


Jelí Beach: Province Tumbes. District Tumbes. It is located northwest of Puerto Pizarro, perhaps somewhat isolated because their access (15 minutes aprox.), is possible only through the waters of the estuaries. In the natural charms of its own flora and fauna of the estuaries are added the necessary conditions for water sports fishing, spearfishing.


Playa Hermosa: Province Tumbes. District Corrales. It is located approximately 14 km south from the city of Tumbes, following a turn at the village of Gallina Pampas. It's a wide open ocean beach and calm waters. It extends from the mouth of the Tumbes River to the southern tip of Estero de Corrales. Presents small waves breaking at 40 to 50 m. the sea inside. It has a variety of species of fish and it is possible to practice all sorts of water sports.


La Cruz Beach: Located 16 km south west of the city of Tumbes, very crowded because of its proximity and accessibility. Crescent shaped and the water is calm and shallow, a wide variety of fish. One of the most visited beaches in the summer by the locals, especially called kilometer 19. Caleta La Cruz is the historical place where he landed the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his forces in 1532 to begin the conquest of Peru. In its beaches placed a cross as a symbol of Christianity, which gave the name of the current inlet La Cruz. The true cross is now housed in the National Museum of Anthropology Archaeology and History in Lima.


Grau, Puerto Loco and Santa Rosa Beaches: Province Almirante Villar. District Zorritos. Located more than 20 km from the city of Tumbes. La Playa Grau is a small beach with calm waters dimensional and shallow. Puerto Loco and Santa Rosa are beaches rich in marine life and ideal for practicing water sports and camping.


Los Pinos Beach: Province Almirante Villar. District Zorritos. Located 33 km from the city of Tumbes. It is surrounded by a picturesque fishing cove. Suitable for water sports.


Bocapán Beach: Province Almirante Villar. District Zorritos. Located 37 km from the city of Tumbes. In this corner of the coast, are characteristic of many small mounds of sand creek that exist in the area. Its waters are calm and are temporary downloads of the ravine Bocapán (in rainy season) is an ideal beach for swimming and practicing water sports, features tourist infrastructure. Very close to it, along a dirt road is located near hot springs.


Acapulco Beach: Province Almirante Villar. District Zorritos. It is a picturesque fishing village with a beautiful wide beach, quite rich in marine species such as squid, in prawns, etc.


Bonanza Beach: It is wide and sandy, and many areas characterized by rock. Here also you can fish and seafood extract, snails, oysters and prawns.


Punta Mero Beach: Province Almirante Villar. District Zorritos. It is a picturesque point of coastline with fine sandy sea inlets whose impact allows the formation of natural tunnels. His wealth is exploited by ichthyological people especially in the high production of oysters, lobsters and scallops.


Cancas Beach: Located 80 km from Tumbes. It is a fishing cove. The villagers are mostly engaged in fishing and making handicrafts with seashells. Its horseshoe-shaped beach and ideal for swimmers and for the practice some water sports.




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