WHAT TO DO
Surf, duh. Whether you’re a pro or a novice, there are waves for every level and the water is always warm, so you’ll never need a wetsuit (but a rash guard is always a good idea). Psygon Surf Camp (left) is right on the beach—you can’t miss it—and offers lessons and cheap board rentals.
WHERE TO STAY KiChic only has nine rooms, so if it’s full, book neighbouring Arennas Mancora. The modern minimalist resort has an elaborate pool and lounge area where servers happily bring you cocktails as you sunbathe. Most rooms have cute little rock gardens, and the grounds are filled with coconuts for the taking.
WHEN TO GO Over Christmas and New Year’s, there are huge full-moon parties on the beach—allnight events with DJs. It’s the busiest time but also the most fun. Families from all over South America camp out on the sand. Equally great is whale-watching season, between August and October, when humpbacks travel to Peru’s warm waters to give birth.