Most people think of visiting Machu Picchu on a vacation to Peru, walking the Inca Trail, wandering through the Andes villages, flying over the Nazca lines and the city of Lima. Almost no one thinks of a beach holiday in Peru. I think that’s a shame, because the beaches of Peru are beautiful. How nice is it to end a tour through the fascinating country of Peru with a few days relaxing on the beach? What are the best beaches in the north of Peru?
I find this beaches the most beautiful beaches in the north of Peru!
The beaches and climate in the north of Peru
The climate in the north of Peru ensures that this region is perfect for a beach holiday all year round. Temperature is constantly around 27 degrees throughout the year and only has a small increase in wind in the months of June to October. In the Peruvian summer (December to April) there is a little rain every now and then.Check here my travel route for the north of Peru
The beaches in the north of Peru are located near the equator. But what you may not expect is that the entire coast in the north consists of desert. This is a very special picture! Part of the coast of Peru is strongly influenced by the Humboldt stream. This is a cold stream that provides cold water along most beaches. But the coast in the north also gets a warm current that circulates along the equator. Because of this special mix of the two streams you have a wonderful water temperature and also a rich diversity of marine life. You can see that in the kitchen as well!
The sand on the beaches is white and fine, the sky is always clear blue and the sea is warm all year round.
These are my 3 favorite beaches in northern Peru and the best things you can do there!
Máncora is located in the north of Peru about 2 hours away with the border of Ecuador. And this is one of the most beautiful beaches in the north of Peru. This is the best known and I think it is the nicest resort in Peru. The town of Máncora is located on the Panamerican Highway and has a nice and cozy center full of restaurants, bars and shops. There is so much to experience in this small town! In the evening the beach transforms into a cozy place where the (salsa) music sounds loud and the chairs are on the sand. There are plenty of accommodations for every price level, from simple hostels, which are mainly in the center, to expensive resorts that are a bit further away. The beaches are nicely stretched and are full of palm trees.
Tip restaurant Máncora
My favorite restaurant in Máncora is La Sirena d’Juan. This restaurant is highly recommended! Especially the tuna is delicious and so fresh and perfectly prepared. The brownie as a dessert is also top. The service is smooth and friendly and the atmosphere in the restaurant is good. Location: Av Piura 316.
2. Punta Sal
Punta Sal is a coastal town located along the Pacific Ocean in the region of Tumbes, in northern Peru. This seaside resort is about 20 minutes drive from Máncora. It is the ideal place for people who want nothing but sun, sea, beach and peace. The nightlife here is a lot quieter compared to Máncora. Punta has very good hotels, lodges and restaurants. The beaches at Punta Sal are spacious and all have white sand. Punta Sal is seen as the place with the longest beach in the northern coast of Peru. In total, the beach is 6.5 km and is divided into two sectors: Punta Sal Chica and Punta Sal Grande.
3. Playa El Nuro
This is a small resort known for the fact that you can swim in the sea with turtles. Around the small pier of the village a lot of turtles swim every day. The fishermen clean the fish on the pier and the “waste” of these fish is thrown into the sea and the turtles come up. The village is special because it really does everything to enable the recently developed tourism to integrate as well as possible with the ecological system.
They are very aware of the possible negative effects of tourism in the long term.
Tourism in this village only started three years ago. The corresponding income for the local population is consciously spent as wisely as possible. There is a lot of education to the inhabitants and this is a place where you swim responsibly with turtles. The village itself is very small, but it is certainly nice to visit and swim with the turtles or make a nice boat trip! I personally recommend to arrange a hotel in Máncora 15 minutes away.
Surfing and kite surfing
The beaches in the north of Peru are perfect for surfing and kite surfing. Connoisseurs even call it one of the best places in the world for surfing! Each level can go to (kite) surfing and there are several surf schools where you can take lessons. The waves are good for everyone. In December and January the waves are at their strongest and therefore more suitable for the experienced surfers. From November to February you can surf without wetsuit, because the temperature is slightly higher than in the other months.
These are the two best surf spots in the region:
Máncora is considered by many surfers as the best surf spot in Peru and one of the most beautiful beaches in the north of Peru. This is due to the good surfing conditions, the perfect weather conditions and the long waves. The waves are suitable for both novice surfers and the advanced. In Máncora you can also go for kitesurfing.
Cabo Blanco is originally a small fishing village, but the good waves make this village a good surf spot, especially for the advanced surfers. The waves are sometimes meters high here!
Whale and dolphin watching
In the months of July, August, September and October you can spot whales in Máncora. In these months the whales can be found in this part of the Peruvian coast. I went to Máncora in October and stepped on from 8 am to 11 am. From the boat I spotted several whales! So cool! This is an experience that is so special to experience! Besides whales, I also saw hundreds of dolphins in the sea!
Organization whale watching
There are several organizations in Máncora where you can arrange an excursion to go whale watching. But the best organization to go whale watching with is Pacifico Adventures. They use whale watching as a research platform to also investigate the humpback whales and other species of cetaceans in this area. And they also have a Museum to share important information about the Peruvian Sea and create awareness among visitors about the importance of nature conservation. They have an exhibition with information about whales (bones), dolphins, turtles, sharks, birds, fish and fossils. Because of this educational approach, the guides on the boat know a lot of interesting facts about the whales and do not sail too close to the whales.
You can suffer from seasickness during whale watching. Do you often suffer from it then it is advisable to take a pill against seasickness an hour before you step on the boat. In any case, it is advisable to eat dry crackers or biscuits before and during your boat trip. So you have less seasickness and you can fully enjoy the whales!
What is the best travel time for the beaches in the north of Peru?
You can visit the beaches in the north of Peru throughout the year. You have sun there 365 days a year and the temperature is hovering around 26 degrees all year round. There is hardly any rain, only in the months of March and April some showers can fall. The high season is during our winter months: January to March and then it is busy with mainly local tourists. The highlight is on New Year’s Eve, because then the seaside resorts are filled with tourists who celebrate and watch the fireworks from the beach. Keep in mind that in December and January the prices for accommodations are higher due to the high demand.Check here my travel route for the north of Peru
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How do you get to the most beautiful beaches in the north of Peru?
Plane: The beach resorts can best be reached by flying from for example Lima to Talara. From there it is about a one and a half hour drive to Máncora. You can take a taxi from the airport (cost 100 soles) or a local bus (cost 30 soles). You can also fly to Chiclayo or Piura and from there continue to travel to the beaches.
Bus: From Lima you can also take the bus to the above resorts. This bus ride takes about 15 hours.
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Hotel in Máncora
A fantastic hotel to stay in is Kichic. The hotel is a bit pricey, but I love to take a often tiring round trip through a country in a nice hotel. Kichic is a fifteen minute drive from the center and is therefore in a quiet area. Everything is perfect at this hotel! The food is divinely tasty and they offer yoga classes every morning and you can take wonderful massages. The pool is fantastic and the cottages are fully equipped. Some cottages have a bath or shower outside!
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The north of Peru
Most tourists travel to the south of Peru and this makes the north even less touristy. Most tourists in this region are Peruvians. The north is the Amazon region of Peru! It is green, there are many mountains, rivers, small villages, winding roads, rich flora and fauna, coffee plantations and palm trees. From Lima you fly to the Amazon in about one and a half hours and the best option is to start your tour in the north in the city of Chachapoyas.Check here my travel route for the north of Peru
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