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Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« on: April 14 2009 17:04:00 »
Im moving to Lima at the end of June. My peruvian friend (non surfer) told me that I wont need a car to go surfing around Lima and that I can just take a taxi to the beaches coz its so cheap. I ve never been to south america so the taxi concept sounds abit strange to me. Any local advice? and if I should get a car does anyone have any recommendations on where to best get a cheap one?
Thanks so much
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #1 on: April 23 2009 10:04:00 »
My name is Pablo, i'm peruvian live in NJ since 2001, probably going back to Peru this year also. I'm 39, borned and raised in Lima, i used to surf too, as you probably know, Lima is a beach city, you won't have any problems getting a taxi to the beach, what you'll need is a surfboard rack that you could buy in any surf store in the city, now i don't know how much you like surfing, but the best beaches in Peru are not in Lima city, you'll find some very good ones 20, 30, 40, 50 miles south or north Lima and of course all the way north peru close to the Ecuador, the best beaches you can ever imagine.
Now, to buy a car you just get the Sunday newspaper, "El Comercio" and go for it, unless you want to go to any dealer around the city, the options are there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feel free to contact me to my email.
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #2 on: April 30 2009 21:04:00 »
Hey Pablo .. im landing in Lima for June.. hoping to surf a good 2 to 3 weeks .what beaches specifically do u suggest towards the north ? and would i need a wet suit for this time of year ?
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #3 on: May 02 2009 10:05:00 »
You will find taxis galore as well as a number of different breaks along Lima's Costa Verde with the corresponding poor to fair service and poor to fair surf at La Pampilla, Punta Roquitas, Makaha, and Redondo.
You will also find that Peruvians are friendly and helpful. Once you're there you may want to "hire" a taxi for driving arrangements.
The Costa Verde is the poor cousin's version of Santa Monica in Los Angeles and it straddles Miraflores and Chorrillos, two districts in Lima. If you are staying in Miraflores, you could even walk down to the beach if you are willing to fare petty thievery -- anything you leave on the beach will most likely disappear, even worn out flip-flops -- and the dampness that typify Lima in June through August.
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #4 on: May 02 2009 10:05:00 »
June is off-season for Northern Peru. But you'll find plenty of waves in or around Lima.
A 3/2 will be all you need and booties could be handy protection against barnacles -- picos de loro -- that attach themselves to submerged rocks in well known surf spots in Punta Hermosa, south of Lima.
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #5 on: May 15 2009 06:05:00 »
To buy a cheap car as others just said you just need to buy the Sunday newspaper. Just be careful to buy cheep cars. Here in Peru cheep cars can be a nuisance. You provably don’t need to buy a car. You also can rent one. Other good option could be, take the local buss to Punta Hermosa and rent the boards every time you go to surf. Or buy a board than leave the board in the surf camp so you can go back and forward to Lima by buss any time you want. Of course you need to pay on the surf camp something for saving your board but you also can rent a room. Surf trips cost like renting a car and are more fun
eco-innovationtours.com they do daily surf trip from Lima to the south and from Punta Hermosa up south.
I hope that’s help you.
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #6 on: June 01 2009 07:06:00 »
You don`t eed to buy a car, joint with locals to surf around...we have a 4x4 van and everyweekend we go south or north of Lima for surfing. We leave the city early to get 2 seasons at least....if u interested firstname.lastname@example.org see ya in the ocean!
RE: Moving to Lima! Do I need to buy a car to go surf?« Reply #7 on: July 23 2009 17:07:00 »
Probably is a little late for an advice, but anyway let me tell you that you won't need to buy or even rent a car, just take a taxi or bus, if you need any place to stay I'm renting my furnished apartment in la Molina, in a nice a quiet area, email@example.com. Have fun In Peru.