Handpicked by a Peru Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Beautiful beaches in Peru'.

Peru is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. While many visitors flock to the country to explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu or the bustling streets of Lima, Peru also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South America. From tranquil coves to bustling surf towns, Peru's coastline offers something for every type of beach lover.

One of the most popular beach destinations in Peru is Mancora, located in the northern region of the country. This picturesque town is known for its vibrant nightlife, excellent surf breaks, and laid-back atmosphere. Whether you're looking to catch some waves, relax on the beach, or sample fresh ceviche, Mancora has it all.

If you're seeking a more secluded beach experience, head to Punta Sal. This hidden gem is located a short drive from Mancora and offers pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a tranquil setting perfect for relaxation. Whether you're sunbathing, snorkeling, or simply taking in the breathtaking sunsets, Punta Sal is a must-visit destination for beachgoers.

Further south, the beaches of Paracas are a paradise for nature lovers. This coastal town is home to the stunning Paracas National Reserve, a protected area known for its diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Visitors can explore the reserve by boat, kayak, or on foot, and enjoy the sight of sea lions, dolphins, and hundreds of species of birds.

Whether you're a sun worshipper, an adrenaline junkie, or a nature enthusiast, Peru's beautiful beaches offer something for everyone. So next time you're planning a trip to South America, don't forget to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, and get ready to discover the beauty of Peru's stunning coastal spots.


Las Pocitas Beach

Las Pocitas Beach Peru has so many picturesque beaches that it’s impossible to say which is the most beautiful.   Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, but Las Pocitas would certainly top anyone’s list.   The aquamarine water rippling over soft, golden-white sand is hard to beat here, as are the little pools that form among the rocks at low tide, which make the perfect,...


Red Beach

Red Beach Playa Roja, or red beach, gets its name from the red sand made from the erosion of ancient, solidified lava in the area, which beautifully contrasts with the blue sea and the dramatic rocks jutting from the ocean just offshore.   In many places, the beach is ringed by tall, jagged cliffs that give the area a fascinating, almost surreal feeling, like you’ve been teleported to ...


Mancora Beach

Mancora Beach Boasting more sunny days per year than Arizona, Mancora is another popular spot for surfers and pleasure seekers of all types.   The Pan-American Highway runs straight through town, making it easily accessible and a favorite getaway for those who don't want to take plans, trains, and helicopters to get to a decent beach. Mancora Beach  Considering its populatio...


Lobitos Beach

Lobitos Beach If you’re a surfer, Lobitos should be on your Peruvian itinerary.   Considered among the best surf beaches in Peru, Lobitos is blessed with ideal shaped waves, which often swell to 8-feet or more, thanks to the powerful currents that collide just offshore. Lobitos Beach  If you’re not a surfer but would like to give it a try, there are a number of classes ava...


Punta Sal Beach

Perhaps the quintessential beach, Punta Sal is located on the Pacific coast in northern Peru.   Thanks to the equatorial El Nino current, the water is warm and inviting year round, as is the local climate. Punta Sal  Due to its soft sand beaches, mesmerizing vistas and blue water, Punta Sal is considered by many tourists and Peruvians to be one of the most beautiful beaches in th...


Cabo Blanco Beach

Cabo Blanco Beach Even if books aren’t your thing and you’ve been living in a cave since birth, you’ve probably heard of an author named Ernest Hemingway.   If you have, his famous book, The Old Man and the Sea, was inspired by the sport fish-rich seas surrounding Cabo Blanco. Cabo Blanco Beach  Sadly, many of the big marlin that made Cabo famous in the ’50s and ’60s...


The organs Beach

The organs Beach Famous for its slow pace, marine life and surfing, the town of Los Organos is a good choice for those looking to decompress.   Punta Veleros is its most popular beach, but there are others nearby that are just as beautiful. Hang around the docks and watch the local fisherman bring in their catch - most of which will end up in the quaint town’s family restaurants, and i...


Miraflores Beach

Miraflores Beach Let’s face it, the term ‘urban beach’ sounds a bit strange, like jumbo shrimp or civil war.   If you step back for a moment though, you may see that beaches like Miraflores are really the best of both worlds. Miraflores Beach  Below high, rocky cliffs adjacent to Lima’s ritzy downtown, you’ll not only have access to sun, sand, and surf but beautiful ...


Huanchaco Beach

Huanchaco Beach Known as the birthplace of the fresh seafood dish ‘ceviche,’ Huanchaco is a beloved beach in the city of Trujillo.   Named a World Surfing Reserve Site in 2012, it draws surfers from near and far. Huachaco Beach  Once a quiet fishing town, Huanchaco is becoming a destination due to its laid-back vibe, wonderful beaches and proximity to the Chan Chan ancient...

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