Peru: The best beaches to surf


Published by El Comercio

Translated and adapted by Agnes Rivera


To speak of surfing is to speak of Peru, and vice versa. Peru is one of the key figures of this sport, and countrymen and women of Peru have ranked in top spots for competitions of the sport.


Sebastián Alarcón, national surf champion during 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007, and the Latin American surf champ of the Surf Alas 2010 competition, recommended to Vamos! publication the best beaches in Peru to surf, depending on the level of expertise.


“To learn how to surf, the ideal beaches are those along the Costa Verde, with the exception of the Herradura, that one is a bit more advanced. You could also start near the first pier in San Bortolo or the infamous La Puntilla wave (in Playa Central) of Punta Hermosa,” Alarcón continues.


Sebastián also assures that the best beaches in the country are of an intermediate level, and tells of which beaches he considers to be of higher levels. “In reality, the majority are intermediate, among which are Máncora, Lobitos, Cerro Azul or Caballeros, but for more advanced levels there are beaches such as La Herradura, Pico Alto, Panic Point, Cabo Blanco and Peñascal,” the four-time champion reveals.