Water temps drop drastically in Talara as the water can be 2°c (5°F) colder on the south side of town than on the north. South of town, El Golf is the go to spot for any swell from S to NW which is likely to produce that rarest of things in Peru - hollow righthanders! Punchy, fast and cylindrical, these peaks can be picture perfect when all the points are sleeping, but as it gets bigger, the swirling currents make this break a thorough workout.
Park on the beach to keep an eye on your stuff. Can get a crowd when it's flat elsewhere.