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While budget travelers and surfistas congregate in occasionally raucous Máncora, my favorite beaches for lodging are the peaceful enclaves of Las Pocitas and Vichayito. The beaches are wide and calm, and lining them is a mix of second homes and small inns and boutique hotels. The following boutique-style hotels along the beach are superb lodging options; the first two count distinguished restaurants as part of their appeal, while the third was in the process of a major property overhaul at press time that will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the hotel's restaurant as well. There's plenty of cheap accommodation in Máncora; one of the best options is the beachside Pink Parrot (previously called Del Wawa), Avenida Piura, facing el Point (tel. 073/258-427; www.delwawa.com).

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.