Although Lima is perched on the Pacific coast, Río de Janeiro it's not. Still, several beaches in Miraflores and Barranco are frequented by locals, especially surfers, in the summer months. The beaches are unfit for swimming, however: The waters are heavily polluted and plagued by very strong currents. Worse, they're stalking grounds for thieves. Although the beaches aren't that appealing in and of themselves, they might serve those with an interest in people-watching: The sands are very much frequented by Limeños in the summer (Dec-Mar). Much nicer and cleaner beaches are located immediately south of Lima.
Bicycling & Jogging
Given Lima's chaotic traffic, jogging is best confined to parks. Probably the best area is the bicycling and jogging paths along the malecón in Miraflores, near the Marriott and Miraflores Park hotels. Contact the Club de Bicicleta de Montaña (Mountain Bike Club), Calle César Ortega s/n (tel. 01/872-4021), which has information about routes near Lima and places to rent mountain bikes.
Golf courses in Lima aren't open to nonmembers. Your best bet for golf is to stay at one of the exclusive hotels with golf privileges at the Lima Golf Club in San Isidro: Country Club Lima Hotel and Sonesta Lima Hotel El Olívar.
Although several beaches in Miraflores and Barranco are popular with surfers in summer and are fine for beginners, the best beaches in southern Peru -- Punta Hermosa, Punta Rocas (highly recommended), Cerro Azul, and Pico Alto (which is supposed to have the biggest waves) -- are beyond Lima. Surfing in southern Peru is best from April through December (and at its peak in May); surfers who hit the waves year-round usually do it in wet suits. Check out www.wannasurf.com/spot/South_America/Peru/Lima for specialist information, including a chart of southern beaches that specifies skill level and breaks. Information, equipment, boards (for sale only), and accessories are available at O'Neills, Av. Santa Cruz 851, Miraflores (tel. 01/242-4486); and Focus, Leonardo DaVinci 208, San Borja (tel. 01/475-8459).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.