Peru's Beach Holidays: Mancora or Punta Sal...
If you'd like to make sure that your holiday in Peru includes some time relaxing on a tropical beach, with white sands and warm waves just a few metres from your exclusive beach hotel... look no further.
Although the whole coastline is made up of fabulous beaches, two really stand out: Mancora is arguably the most famous of Peru's beach resorts and is a deserved favourite, but if you're after more of a resort feel then a trip to the Punta Sal area to the north is also worth considering, with several high-end all-inclusive resorts.
Because all our holidays in Peru are 100% tailor-made, we can include trips to Mancora or Punta Sal in any of them, so just get in touch and we can start planning today!
Beach Holidays in Mancora
With its long, clear stretches of white sands, swaying palm trees, and beautiful clear blue water, Mancora was an open secret on the backpacking scene for years, but more recently it's moved upmarket. It always had some fantastic beachfront hotels and great bars and restaurants, but a string of new boutique hotels, and the refurbishment of some old favourites mean that you can now enjoy some real beach holiday style along with your tropical sunshine.
Because the beaches stretch in an almost-unbroken arc, many of the hotels have effectively private beaches, but even the 'main' beach by the town of Mancora itself is perfectly clean, never too busy, and a great place to relax. At night, the town really comes to life, however, with some great bars and restaurants. At Christmas and New Year, things get very busy with people from Lima flying up for the holidays, but even then you can always find a bit of beach to call your own...
Just to the north of Mancora is the headland of Punta Sal, which is fast establishing itself as a real rival to Mancora. While Mancora specialises in smaller, boutique type hotels, with people heading into town for restaurants and bars, Punta Sal has developed itself as more of a resort location, with a range of resort complexes where you can relax or play during the day, and then stay on-site for drinking and dancing in the evenings.
So if you'd like the total relaxation of a tour where everything is provided on-site, and certainly if you'd like to take advantage of Peru's best all-inclusive facilities, then with the same great beaches and weather as Mancora, Punta Sal could be perfect for you.
Getting to Mancora and Punta Sal
Although there are regular road connections down the Pan-American Highway to the rest of Peru, it's a long old journey - about 18 hours to Lima and around 10 hours to Trujillo, so most people choose to fly.
There are three airports in the area, but the nearest to Mancora and Punta Sal is to the north in the town of Tumbes. From here, it's around a 45-minute drive to Mancora, and a little less to Punta Sal. Alternatively, you can fly into the airport of Talara to the south, with similar transfer times, except reversed.
Both these airports usually only have one flight a day, however, so a third option is to begin your beach holiday in Mancora or Punta Sal with a flight into the city of Piura, to the south-east. This is much further away (around a 2-hour drive from Mancora) but has much more regular flights - 4 a day to Lima - so if you absolutely cannot risk missing a connection at the start or end of your holiday, it can sometimes be a good choice.