sábado, 4 de noviembre de 2017

South beaches of Lima

Why the title of this post is 'beaches of the south' if it is Lima the only South American capital with access to the Pacific Ocean?

It is true that Lima possesses the so-called Costa Verde (which extends through districts of Chorrillos, Barranco, Miraflores or Magdalena del Mar), however the excessive massification of stones - with some exceptions in Chorrillos -, pollution, its location close to business and the Circuit de Playas road, makes this not the best option if we want to take a sunny day and give us a dip.

We will recommend some of the most visited beaches that are several kilometers south of this chaotic and noisy city. Over the years some of them have gone from being small fishermen villages to exclusive private security resorts, shopping centers and boulevards with discos and restaurants.

The most famous is undoubtedly the luxurious resort of Asia, which is about 100 km from Lima, but before arriving there we can find excellent beaches along the entire coast.

Beach south Peru

To reach there we have two valid options: rent a car at a car rental agency; or if our budget is lower, take some of the interprovincial buses or Colectivos that lead to the south. These buses start from an informal stop on Av. Evitamiento.

Shared vehicles (buses) departing from the Panamericana Sur crossing with Benavides usually charge S/ 10 (about 3 euros) or S/ 5 if traveling in couster.

If you are a group of 4 people you can take a taxi from the street that costs about S / 50 per person.


The beaches of Punta Hermosa compose the famous "4 kilometers of gold", because in its coast there are 12 breakers between which are the best waves of the coast of Lima and even of the world.

The giant waves of the Pico Alto Beach are Outer-reef, possibly left-wing, that can reach 8 to 10 meters. Besides being an ideal place for water sports, Punta Hermosa has been growing exponentially during the last decade and has had an important urban development and leisure. Some of its beaches are among the favorites of the Lima people.

PLAYA EL SILENCIO (Km 38 Panamericana South)

El Silencio was one of the classic beaches for many of the Limeños when the Costa Verde was massified in the 80's. This white sand beach is located half an hour from Lima after passing through Huaca Pachacamac and Isla de la Ballena.

After multiple complaints by neighbors and visitors, the Municipality banned the entrance of street vendors and the sale of alcohol in its interior. The entrance has a cost of S/ 10, and S/ 20 for the rental of an umbrella and two hammocks.

PLAYA SEÑORITAS (Km 39 Panamericana Sur)

Playa Señoritas has a semicircular shape, with a calm sea ideal for swimming and practicing sports like surfing. Its waters are also ideal for fishing and diving.

PLAYA PULPOS (Km 40 Panamericana Sur)

Pulpos is a private beach only allowed to residents, guests or renters of apartments or houses in the area. It is an exclusive and modern spa with white houses and cobblestones that give it a certain mediterranean style. Nearby is kilometer 43, known for its bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Its waves make it an ideal place for practicing bodyboarding, paddle boarding and of course surfing.

PLAYA CABALLEROS (Km 40 Panamericana Sur)

This beach is one of the best in Peru to practice surfing, which has made it difficult to access its waters by the number of houses of Lima families who have reached its shores attracted by this sport.

Access by car is not allowed for non-residents. The waves present in this spa have made the beach chosen on several occasions as headquarter for major championships such as the IPD Junior National Circuit, or the Ola Grande competition.


In the district of Punta Negra are located the exclusive social clubs of Country Club El Bosque and the Social Club and Sports Punta Negra that have Olympic swimming pool, eight courts of fronton, three of tennis, one of soccer and one of basketball and volleyball.

PLAYA PUNTA ROCAS (Km 42 Panamericana Sur)

This is another of the beaches preferred by Peruvian and foreign surfers. In their space take place various water sports championships and other sports such as bodyboard, paddle, and soccer and beach volleyball. It is also a favorite for fishermen, who like to fish in their raging waters. Some nearby beaches are Playa Pocitas, Playa la Bikini.

SAN BARTOLO SPA (Km 51 Panamericana Sur)

This is the largest spa in the south of Lima and one of those that have had the highest urban growth, with modern buildings and leisure offers. Every December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated in this district. Like the previous beaches, it is an ideal place to practice water sports. We can kayak its islets, coves and cliffs where, at times, sea lions can be observed. It has two beautiful beaches called Playa Norte and Playa Sur, which can be seen from the Mirador of Cerro de la Cruz, next to the Main Park.

SANTA MARÍA SPA (Km 52.5 Panamericana Sur)

Santa María was born in the 40's as a private urbanization and was elevated to the district's rating in the 60's. Today we can say that it is the most exclusive resort in Lima, with luxurious and modern residences and large apartment buildings. Its beaches are El Cangrejito and Embajadores, with some restricted spaces and only accessible to residents. In Santa Maria you will find the Yacht Club and the Emerald Club.

NAPLO SPA (Km 58 Panamericana Sur)

This beautiful beach spa located in the district of Pucusana has this beach that for the most part has restricted access, with a sea rich in sole and pejerreyes. Ideal for swimming or water sports such as rowing, water skiing or regattas, organized by clubs located in the area.

The houses and beach buildings were proliferating during the past decade and now is a nice place with restaurants and several leisure offers. Some fishermen charge a small fee for getting away on their barges and show visitors the spa from the sea.

PUCUSANA SPA (Km 60  Panamericana Sur)

Today it is a beautiful and active fishing village, with beaches where you can practice amateur fishing and underwater fishing. Its seaport can serve as a place to try a freshly caught ceviche while watching the boats come and go to port. From the edge of the resort you can see the Galapagos Island, and at one end we find the cove called Las Ninfas and La Boca del Diablo.

LAPA LAPA SPA (Km 70 Panamericana Sur)

Lapa Lapa beach is in the province of Cañete and is a beautiful natural place of restricted access, surrounded by hills and clothed by the important urban development that has been taking place in the area. Like the rest of beaches is a place of waves and dark waters in which you can practice fishing and other water sports.

PUERTO VIEJO SPA (Km 71  Panamericana Sur)

This spa is very crowded in summer especially by nature lovers, who come with their tents to camp and enjoy the peace of its waters. It is also ideal for surfing, as it has a fast tubular wave and good walking distance of up to two meters. The beach is formed by lagoons formed in the marshes of Puerto Viejo, a natural reserve where you can see herons, parihuanas, divers or ospreys.

LEÓN DORMIDO BEACH (Km 80 Panamericana Sur)

It is a small beach surrounded by two hills which is also ideal for lovers of camping. It has this name because the hills have the silhouette of a cat, and a sleeping lion.

MALA BEACH (Km 86 Panamericana Sur)

It is also located in the province of Cañete, and thanks to the tourism and urban development of nearby districts like Asia, Calango or San Antonio, has increased its leisure offer, with recreation, lodging or restaurants. Its beach is of sand and stones, with calm waters and with a slope in the border. From this beach you can see El Puente.

BUJAMA SPA (Km 90.5 Panamericana Sur)

The town of Mala is famous for its crackers (fried fish) and tamales (corn paste wrapped in a leaf), and right on its coast we find Bujama beach, with fine sand and calm waters. The aforementioned urban development led to the construction of houses and apartment buildings, such as the urbanization near the beautiful Caleta Bujama.

ASIA (Km 95 Panamericana Sur)

The most famous and well-known district of Cañete is certainly Asia. Many of the middle and upper-class families of Lima, who usually go there on weekends, relax and enjoy their gastronomic and commercial offerings.

All major national and international brands struggle to appear represented on their well-known Boulevard, and on weekends, it welcomes hundreds of young Lima people who are going to have fun at discotheques such as JOIA, VOCE, ONUBA, or the Dragon of the South. Access to many of its beaches is only for residents of large condominiums.

CHEPECONDE BEACH (Km 121 Panamericana Sur)

Chepeconde has rocks among which the water is drained in a network of mysterious caves that are intercommunicated and which were known as La Barca. Nowadays it is one of the places most demanded by lovers of camping and every summer receives thousands of visitors. The beach is very clean and quiet and is divided by three peñones, being the one of the extreme north the favorite by the visitors.

GALLARDO SPA (Km 124 Panamericana Sur)

The Gallardo Sea is usually raging, so visitors are advised to take precautions when taking a bath in their waters. In front can be appreciated a small island with the same name that is visited by guano birds and that allows the fertilization of agricultural territories in the province of Cañete.

The beach of Gallardo also has many rocks in which the waves break and sometimes give way to mysterious underwater caves.

CERRO AZUL SPA (Km 131 Panamericana Sur)

Surely you all remember that song from the Beach Boys 'Surfin' Safari 'that says:' they're anglind in Laguna and Cerro Azul and they're kickin 'out in Doheny, too'.

Well, we are referring to these beaches of Cerro Azul, famous for surf lovers and marine gastronomy. It is a very visited place that has many lodging and that, as curiosities, had the honor to be the place of arrival in 1899 of the first Japanese immigrants or to own the first lighthouse moved by solar energy of all South America.

It had an important port and on its slopes can be observed remains of pre-Hispanic constructions, which from the sea acquired a blue color, hence the origin of the name of the town.

Although these southern beaches of Lima are an excellent option to spend a pleasant day of sand and sun, the best beaches of the country are those that are in the north. They are also the best option for surfing. In the meantime hurry up and stretch your towel. The hot begins!

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
November 2017

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