Wondrous Peru: Sun and Sand

Peru’s sea is diverse, just as its geography. Along its 3,000 kilometres of coastline, you can swim in waters as still as a glass of wine or surf waves that are so big that it holds some of the world’s best surfing competitions. The temperature of the sea is just as varied. The Humboldt current is what makes the water generally cold, the exception being in the north, which is influenced by the El Niño Current and raises the temperature by a couple of degrees. To best enjoy Peru’s beaches, here are a few useful tips.

  • Getting there. For some visitors, the best beaches are those with the least services, this is the case for most of Peru’s beaches. Therefore, enough water and food should always be taken to beaches you aren’t familiar with. Sun cream shouldn’t be forgotten either and a light coat to keep warm from the afternoon winds. Likewise, visitors should take some plastic bags with them to carry home their rubbish.
  • Getting around. Sandy areas can be a difficult and sometimes unsafe to travel around on, therefore you should try to avoid using sandy tracks if you are on your own. If you are in a car, it is a good idea to slightly lower the pressure in your tyres so as to stop them sinking into the sand.
  • Services. Peru has developed a extensive infrastructure along its entire coast; some beaches are located close to large cities with restaurants, shopping centres and comprehensive entertainment centres. Many beaches are close to small towns which also have all the basic services, accommodation and eateries. It is always recommended to book in advance.
  • Dangers. On Peru’s beaches, and especially on those at Bahía de Paracas and some in the North, there is a risk of being stung by a stingray. In these places, you should walk into the sea dragging your feet on the sand so as to frighten them away and use closed rubber trainers. If, even after taking these precautions, you get stung, you must wash the area with lots of water and soap, suck the poison out and apply a bandage. You must seek medical help immediately.
  • Camping. Camping on the beach is becoming more and more popular for both locals and visitors. Peru’s long coast means there are many places to do this, with stone beaches, sandy beaches, beaches fenced by rocks or very large beach areas where hundreds of tents are pitched on special dates, such as Easter. Traditional fishermen’s coves are great places to camp as you can rent boats and eat fresh fish.
 

Northern Beaches

If you are looking to escape from city life, there is nothing like visiting the many resorts such as Playas de Tumbes with their long beaches and warm water, or internationally famous beaches like Máncora, a paradise for both surfers and those searching for a more peaceful environment in which to relax. See More

 

Central beaches

The central coast boasts beaches that are hardly visited, yet they are set within stunningly attractive scenery, where you can enjoy the sea and sun almost on your own. See More

 

Southern Beaches

Similar to the central coast, the south has uniquely beautiful beaches with even colder waters that hardly anyone knows about. See More

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