Not many travelers are aware about the beautiful beaches in Peru. The beaches here are mostly frequented during summer season lasting from December to March. Through the rest of the year they don a deserted look due to cold weather.  The following are the ten most stunning best beaches in Peru, that you should take time to Visit.

The Best Beaches in Peru you will find Near Lima and the North

Beaches in Peru

Beaches in Peru are very unique in that they are mostly cold throughout the year due to the Humboldt current coming up from Antarctica. So the best months to visit are always during summer along the cost from December to March. Peru’s northernmost beaches have the advantage here with warmer waters year round.

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1. Mancora

Why does Mancora take the top pick? well apart from having some great seafood, it’s the beach town of Peru. It’s only downside is its location, located more then a 26 hour drive north from Lima. It’s best to fly to Piura or Tumbes and take transport here. While there are no white sand beaches in Peru, Mancora is the place will you will come closest to soft sand and warm and sunny climate almost year round.

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2. Las Pocitas

Las Pocitas is up there near Mancora, perhaps it’s biggest draw is that it is not too congested with tourism like Mancora. The Ocean here is beautifully clear and the beach is pristine. A great place to get away with the family and not have to deal with droves of people.

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3. Punta Sal

Another popular northern beach, Punta Sal is know for it’s warm water year round due to the equatorial el Niño current. It also has one of the longest beaches in Peru so you can find a spot without much congestion from other tourists.

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4. Pimentel

This beach is perfect for families and those with small children with a very tranquil beach with low waves. This beach is located 15 minutes from the town of Chiclayo. You will find great sea food and other tourists attractions such as the Royal Tombs of Sipan. Pimentel is a great option for one of the best beaches in Peru if only for the attractions nearby.

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5. San Bartolo

This is one of our favorite beach towns that is located a short drive from Lima. If you want to avoid the trip to the North then San Bartolo is a great option, located less then an hours drive south of Lima. The charming little town is quiet and has some good restaurants and even night clubs. The beach itself is calm so great for families, the only drawback is that its not a very long beach so can get congested in the summer.

The Beaches of Southern Peru

The beautiful beaches are a testimony to the fact that there is more to Southern Peru than Nazca lines and Colca Canyon. Remember the sea is cold here even during summers. If you plan to swim, you are in for a nippy dip.

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6. Camana

Camana is a coastal town known for its serene beaches with gentle waves. If you are looking for tranquility and tryst with nature, this is the place to be. Playa La Miel with flat terrain of fine sand girded by cliffs and gullies is a lovely beach to go to.

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Mollendo is one of the best beaches in Peru, at least in the south though can get congested.

7. Mollendo

Playa Catarindo in Mollendo is a quaint beach perfect for family holiday with its descent stretch of sand and laidback air.  A variety of food choices are available on the beach.  Take a walk around the town and cherish its timeworn streets and buildings.  For bird watching and surfing, head south to Mejía.

8. Playa Jihuay

Surrounded by high cliffs, this lonely beach in the province of Caravellí is covered with white sand. Waters of the Pacific are cold here yet the sun-drenched beach makes for an exhilarating plunge.  It is easy to spot sea lions resting on the rocks.

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9. Puerto Inca

Puerto Inca in Arequipa is a blend of archaeological, green and picturesque locations. Balmy air brushes past your face while you soak in shallow seabed of Puerto Inca History dwells in nooks and corners of this place. The beach has a conserved ancient path that stretches over dunes, hills, ravines and mountains connecting it to the capital city of Inca Empire.

10. Boca del Rio

Approximately 40 minutes away from Tacna is the gorgeous beach of Boca del Rio. The beach is clean and placid but rocky and unfit for swimming.  It offers beautiful landscapes and you can easily spend whole day loitering on the beach with your family and friends.  Choose from a variety of Peruvian sea delicacies and get the best of services.

We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the 10 best beaches in Peru. Our blog is full of other useful travel articles and check out our website for our own tours of Peru.

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