About Máncora Beach, Peru
Máncora is located in northern Peru, South America less than 2 hours from Ecuador. It is a small touristic fishing village and an ideal holiday destination to catch the endless summer, surf the waves & enjoy the delicious local food.
The best & most constant winds are from May to December with an average of 3 – 4 days of wind. The predominant wind directions are SW & S from 12 – 25 knots & blow mainly in the afternoons.
This spot is recommended for Beginner to Advanced kitesurfers. It is an excellent wave riding spot with waves ranging from under 1m to over 3m in height.
It is a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water but can get choppy.
Beginners usually kite further down the bay where the beach break is not so large.
Be aware of the rocks on a low tide at the point and if there is wind stay away from the beach crowds from November to January.
This is a great spot for surfing, therefore surfers have right of way. It is also advised to practice good wave riding etiquette by not short jibing other kiters that are further up the point, just like surfing, wait your turn. If you are practicing your jumps, it is advised to stay in the bay and keep away from the kiters who are riding waves.
Mancora’s temperatures are around 27 degrees C all year round with a cold breeze from the ocean. Hot and dry during the day & cool nights.
The water temperature around Mancora is approx 25 degrees. The further south you go, the colder it gets.
The coastline provides great opportunities for downwind runs & wave riding.
Traveling to Máncora Beach, Peru
Máncora is serviced by three regional airports offering flights to and from Lima.
You can also hop on a bus to Mancora.
The closest cities are Tumbes and Piura.
Facilities At Máncora Beach, Peru
There are a range of activities available in Mancora and other small resorts such as relaxing massages at the nearby spa’s, soaking up the sun & warm waters, canoe tours through the mangroves, submarine fishing, spear fishing, deep sea diving & quad biking
There are a few hotels & hostels right on the beach with spectacular views of the surf & kitesurfing spots. Loki del Mar is a recommended backpacking hostel.
See this website for more accommodation places www.kitesmancora.com/accomodations
There are great restaurants, bars & clubs available in Mancora. Enjoy some lunch or dinner at the Casa de Playa Beach House Restaurant www.casadeplayamancora.net/restaurant/index.html
or visit the Kites Restaurant and Bar.
It is advised to be very careful where you eat, as many beach front shacks lack refrigeration.
Samana Chakra restaurant may be expensive but is definitely recommended. Geko's is great for pizza and garlic bread and are both owned by kiters. There is also an excellent steak house right near the kite beach. Enjoy the festive Peruvian nightlife which only starts around 10pm & is fun and cheap.
Contact the local kite centre Wild K www.wild-kitesurf-peru.com
which offers kitesurf & stand-up paddle board trips & IKO kitesurfing lessons.