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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Playa Norte

Peru, Lima

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 12° 20.105' S
Longitude: 76° 49.837' W

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 Access

From Punta Hermosa (about 43 km south of Lima) head into the town and look for the island (La Isla): the first beach to the right (north) of this is El Paso, further north is a small beach - Playa Norte, the surfing is on the northern end of this beach.

There is a beach break onto sand with mixed large rocks which isn't bad for bodyboarding. The main surf spot is a point break that is used for bodyboarding and short boards.

English (Translate this text in English): From Punta Hermosa (about 43 km south of Lima) head into the town and look for the island (La Isla): the first beach to the right (north) of this is El Paso, further north is a small beach - Playa Norte, the surfing is on the northern end of this beach.

There is a beach break onto sand with mixed large rocks which isn't bad for bodyboarding. The main surf spot is a point break that is used for bodyboarding and short boards.

English (Translate this text in English): From Punta Hermosa (about 43 km south of Lima) head into the town and look for the island (La Isla): the first beach to the right (north) of this is El Paso, further north is a small beach - Playa Norte, the surfing is on the northern end of this beach.

There is a beach break onto sand with mixed large rocks which isn't bad for bodyboarding. The main surf spot is a point break that is used for bodyboarding and short boards.

English (Translate this text in English): From Punta Hermosa (about 43 km south of Lima) head into the town and look for the island (La Isla): the first beach to the right (north) of this is El Paso, further north is a small beach - Playa Norte, the surfing is on the northern end of this beach.

There is a beach break onto sand with mixed large rocks which isn't bad for bodyboarding. The main surf spot is a point break that is used for bodyboarding and short boards.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight

BottomBoulders

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

This is a beach-break straight onto rocks, so beware of the rocks. As with many spots in this area it has 'boulder' type rocks not reef-rocks...
Access to the water is on the beach to the left (south) of the point. All rocks have sharp shells and occasional urchins.

The locals have been digging up the sand along the beach lately. They have used it to make a more 'protected' beach area directly in front of the point break. This means that the beach break has many more rocks than last year and the waves come up the beach much higher during high tide (much less area to safely suntan/keep your stuff/etc). It seems like the wave shape of the beach break has been effected slightly as well.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a beach-break straight onto rocks, so beware of the rocks. As with many spots in this area it has 'boulder' type rocks not reef-rocks...<br />Access to the water is on the beach to the left (south) of the point. All rocks have sharp shells and occasional urchins.

The locals have been digging up the sand along the beach lately. They have used it to make a more 'protected' beach area directly in front of the point break. This means that the beach break has many more rocks than last year and the waves come up the beach much higher during high tide (much less area to safely suntan/keep your stuff/etc). It seems like the wave shape of the beach break has been effected slightly as well.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a beach-break straight onto rocks, so beware of the rocks. As with many spots in this area it has 'boulder' type rocks not reef-rocks...&lt;br &#47;&gt;Access to the water is on the beach to the left (south) of the point. All rocks have sharp shells and occasional urchins.

The locals have been digging up the sand along the beach lately. They have used it to make a more 'protected' beach area directly in front of the point break. This means that the beach break has many more rocks than last year and the waves come up the beach much higher during high tide (much less area to safely suntan&#47;keep your stuff&#47;etc). It seems like the wave shape of the beach break has been effected slightly as well.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a beach-break straight onto rocks, so beware of the rocks. As with many spots in this area it has 'boulder' type rocks not reef-rocks...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Access to the water is on the beach to the left (south) of the point. All rocks have sharp shells and occasional urchins.

The locals have been digging up the sand along the beach lately. They have used it to make a more 'protected' beach area directly in front of the point break. This means that the beach break has many more rocks than last year and the waves come up the beach much higher during high tide (much less area to safely suntan&amp;#47;keep your stuff&amp;#47;etc). It seems like the wave shape of the beach break has been effected slightly as well.

Atmosphere

All these spots work all year, but the summer months of January-March are always crowded. Other times of year you could have this spot to yourself!

English (Translate this text in English): All these spots work all year, but the summer months of January-March are always crowded. Other times of year you could have this spot to yourself!

English (Translate this text in English): All these spots work all year, but the summer months of January-March are always crowded. Other times of year you could have this spot to yourself!

English (Translate this text in English): All these spots work all year, but the summer months of January-March are always crowded. Other times of year you could have this spot to yourself!

General

A fun, but dangerous, wave: not radical, but not for beginners either! Nice spot if La Isla is too crowded, which is most of the summer.

English (Translate this text in English): A fun, but dangerous, wave: not radical, but not for beginners either! Nice spot if La Isla is too crowded, which is most of the summer.

English (Translate this text in English): A fun, but dangerous, wave: not radical, but not for beginners either! Nice spot if La Isla is too crowded, which is most of the summer.

English (Translate this text in English): A fun, but dangerous, wave: not radical, but not for beginners either! Nice spot if La Isla is too crowded, which is most of the summer.

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mmoragues avatar
Playa Norte
Por mmoragues
23 feb 2008
Escenario Inmejorable - La lluvia en el mar, la puesta de sol imponente, el arcoiris suplantaron las pocas olas que pude agarrar.
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Playa Norte
Por Splaktar
23 feb 2008
Nice sunset - Playa Norte shorebreak bodyboard session with my friend.  Saw dolphins earlier in the day.  Got some really good waves in the shorebeak, but ate some sand and got pinned down against the sand a couple times by breaking waves.  In close
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Playa Norte
Por mmoragues
10 feb 2008
Playa Norte Biginers - Para ser primera ves en playa norte, sacamos alguito. No nos metimos en el momento más brutal, pero igual bueno. Harta piedra
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Playa Norte
Por Splaktar
4 mar 2007
Crazy day - I'd been here before, but on a small day. This time it was a good sized day but with a super short period. Looking out from the hotel in the morning it was all foam and quite a mess out there. No one surfing here on a summer morning is rare.
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Playa Norte
Por Splaktar
17 feb 2007
Smooth day with great waves, but a little short - This was my first trip to Playa Norte.  I was a bit of a beginner, but was looking for some larger waves than some of those found on Costa Verde.  I had trouble catching small waves in Costa Verde, but when I got to Playa Norte, I was catch
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By fumateste , 26-10-2005

Una de las Mejores - SI NO ES LA MEJOR, ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES DE PUNTA HERMOSA, PREFIERO CORRER PLAYA NORTE PORQUE VA MENOS GENTE, Y LA GENTE QUE VA NO ES LANZA COMO EN LA ISLA, A PARTE SE PONE BUENASA A MEDIADOS DE ENERO,EN LA MAÑANITA,LA UNICA PENDEJADA SON LAS ROCAS QUE TE PUEDEN COMERSE MAS DE UNA DE TUS QUILLAS

By Nicolas Van Den Vriendt , 23-07-2004

Above 2 stars dude - Maybe even 4. If this wave were in souther california it would be one of the main ones. Mind blowing wave when it goes off. Which is twice a month here in Peru a.k.a cold waves heaven. I surf it very often. my favorite beach here in Lima.

By guille traidor , 09-07-2003

fumatetres - Esta playa puede ponerse mágica, es bastante buena. Debería tener por lo menos 3 estrellas. Se pone en verano.

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