About Costa Verde

Peru's surf culture goes way back to the 'Totora reed horses' ridden since 1000BC, and more recently, Felipe Pomar's world title victory ahead of Nat Young in 1965. A true surf city, Lima was first surfed in the mid 1920s, as a dedicated group of riders formed the Waikiki Club in Miraflores, one of the first three surf clubs in the world. Peru's capital is constantly outgrowing its boundaries, accommodating one third of the population so crowds, noise and pollution are serious issues. Most surfers prefer to head to the quieter Punta Hermosa area, half an hour south, but surfing the city remains a viable option.

Pros

  • Highly consistent swell

  • Great spot density

  • Easy access and cheap

  • Lima entertainment

  • Peruvian culture

Cons

  • Not Peru's best surf

  • Cold water

  • Coastal winter fog

  • City crowds and pollution

Surf Spots