7 beaches in Arequipa that you didn’t know about

Arequipa is famous for its Andean landscapes that include tourist attractions as impressive as the Colca Canyon. However, this southern region of Peru also has beaches that are worth knowing. There it is possible to take a good dip, try seafood and even camp with friends. Find out which are the seven beaches that yes or yes you have to visit, how to get there and more information.

Mollendo Beach
Mollendo Beach in Arequipa


The Catarindo beach

Catarindo beach
Catarindo Beach

2 kilometers from the district of Mollendo, in the province of Islay, is this beach. It has fine white sand, calm waves for vacationers in a geography surrounded by cliffs. Some of the activities available are boat rides, fishing, swimming and even diving.

Summer (January to March) is when most people visit this beach. At that time restaurants proliferate where you can try delicious seafood. There are umbrella rentals as well as parking. The downside is that the space in the arena is small so many people can get crowded.


The Tanaka beach

Tanaka Beach
Tanaka Beach

In the district of Yauca, province of Caravelí, is Tanaka beach, famous for its calm waters like natural pools. Its special geography as a cove means that at high tide the waters become stagnant. So there you can go diving with many fish. The largest pools are called: Desembarcadero and Las Viejas. Both are beautiful.

In Tanaka there are also small pools ideal for going with children. People can go all year round, although preferably in summer. The beach is in a very small town. There are no major shops. Likewise, many visitors arrive there attracted by its calm waters. Camping is not possible.


The San José cove

San José cove
San José cove

This beach is located in the town of Quilca, province of Camaná, this cove is located. The special thing about this beach is that the only way to enter is through a boat trip for almost 2 hours. The starting point is the port of Quilca. Once there you can enjoy a white sand beach, blue sky and crystal clear water.

The San José cove offers calm waters ideal for a good dip. Depending on the seasons of the year, you can also see seabirds (such as chuitas and tendrils) as well as seals and even penguins. On the beach there are good tourist services such as lodging, restaurants and more.


The Miel beach

Miel beach
Miel beach

This beach is located just 37 kilometers from the city of Camaná (Quilca district). Its calm waters (at a good temperature) and fine sand are ideal for camping. In addition, the moderate winds make young people and families come there to spend the night under the stars throughout the year.

Like many Arequipa beaches, it has a cove geography, surrounded by sandy hills. There are not many commercial services that you can get there. In summer (January to March) there are more restaurants and visitors increase considerably. Sunsets at that time of year are great.


The Mejia beach

Mejia beach
Mejia Beach

This famous beach is located in the Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary, one of the attractions tourist of Arequipa. It stands out for its waters rich in fish and for the many permanent and migratory birds that live there. Nearby you can visit the Forga castle (built on a cliff) as well as the Catarindo cove.

The beach is very crowded by visitors in summer (January, February and March). It has a white sand with plenty of space. Nearby there are good commercial services such as restaurants and hotels. Its spa is one of the most beautiful in Arequipa. It also offers areas for fishing, boat rides and more.


The Honoratos beach

Honoratos beach
Honoratos beach

This beach is one of the most remote in Arequipa. It is located in the district of Quilca (province of Camaná). However, to get there you must travel by boat for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Along the way, you can see animals and seabirds such as sea lions, penguins and more.

The beach stands out for its blue and calm waters, its fine reddish sand as well as the wide spaces to camp and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There you can also do adventure sports such as snorkeling, diving, fishing and more. Many visitors like to camp. There are tours of 1 or more days.


The Mollendo beach

Mollendo Beach
Mollendo Beach

The city of Mollendo, 123 kilometers from Arequipa, is one of the favorite resorts for the inhabitants of the region. It not only stands out for its sandy beaches where you can spend sunny afternoons. Also for its beautiful infrastructure with boardwalks, restaurants and tourist hotels.

This beach one is one of the locals’ favorite beaches. On beach two you can visit the castle of Forga as well as the tourist pier. The sunsets from there in summer are unforgettable. From Mollendo you can go to other more distant beaches, highly recommended, such as the beaches of Catarindo or Mejía.

 

By Machupicchu Terra – Last updated, February 21, 2022


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