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Right off the Pan Am highway about 40 km south of Lima. Just above Playa Pulpos, marked on the highway as Playa Arica.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
A thick and ledgy two way reef peak. Best when big, from 6-10'. Needs a good combination of swell and no wind. Rides more like a beach break when small with shifting peaks. When big a peak shows up with tubes. Often closes out.
Usually empty...but Peruvians are into trends in that some surf spots become popular for a year or so and then fall out of favor. Arica is largely underrated and overlooked.
By VESNA , 21-01-2007
I LOVE ARICA BEACH - the best and the Beautiful beach is ARICA.(km40)south of lima........i hope every body and bodyboaders visit my dear beach...!!!!
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 29-03-2006
Arica rocks!! - One of the best beach breaks near Lima (40 kms)... An amazing bodyboarder wave...not for begineers ... don`t miss.it...the 2006 bodyboard champ rides there.!
By Pablo Evans ( Lima Local) , 19-04-2004
Arica in Lima - Beautiful peruvian beach break Arica. Like San pedro and Explosivos it tends to have lots of bodyboaders all year round doing huge airs.
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