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Review of Miraflores

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This beachfront residential district features many of Lima's excellent shops, restaurants, nightspots and first class hotels.
Reviewed September 17, 2013

If, unlike us, you are not staying in Miraflores, this is worth a couple of hours by taxi that we did anyway, for a price of $40, arranged by our hotel. It is much the nicest area of Lima that we saw, although parts of it are as drab and dirty as the rest of the city.The beachfront is the most impressive. It is here that you will find the 5-star hotels and the luxury condos and rental apartments. As it was winter, the beaches themselves were deserted, but the sea was braved by quite a few surfers, and the waves were enormously dangerous-looking at times. They are separated from the rest of Miraflores by a very high cliff, and you have to access the narrow coastal road to get to them and the piers on which stand some typical beach-entertainment as well as a number of up-market fish restaurants. Up top, the scene is exciting and colourful. It has many parks, most dramatic of which is the Love Park that contains the large dramatic sculpture, "The Kiss". Just South of that, the cliff becomes the grassy Costa Verde which is taken over by hang-gliders who bob and weave in the windy sky above. There is an area for public concerts containing a cute bandstand, La Concha, and two remarkable fountains, El Ovalo and La Pileta, embellish the cliff-side promenades. There are other attractive parks to enjoy, including Kennedy Park alongside the sea, and Central Park further inland. The celebrated pre-Inca ruins of Huaca Puclana are situated in Miraflores, and runnng back from the sea are some delightful narrow streets lined with bars, cafes and restaurants, such as El Suche. The further East you go ( away from the Ocean), the duller the streets become, but a huge ravine separates the two sections; it is crossed by a series of bridges and viaducts, and indeed the road network of Miraflores represents some excellent examples of urban engineering. You would need to be very stuffy if you failed to enjoy this dynamic district.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Nice neighborhood, has many modern buildings (like the super market) and is safe. Probably won't stay anywhere else in Lima, if I go back.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Instead of staying downtown this is a great alternative place to stay. Set on the ocean Miraflores has lots of great restaurants and some great shopping. People here are very friendly and oh yea, they LOVE their dogs. Lots of beautiful parks and the malecon along the ocean is a great place to walk, jog or just people watch.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

I'm an expat living here and Miraflores has excellent bars, restaurants, shopping and is right on the ocean. It is the center of everything. A must place to visit when coming to Lima.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Arrived at Lima International Airport and caught a taxi to Miraflores as it was recommended as a safe haven in an otherwise unsafe city. During the drive through terrible traffic from the airport I noticed most houses were dirty and had severe security measures such as broken glass on top of high walls surrounding the houses, steel security mesh over windows, barb wire, electric fences it was obvious that the locals feel threatened.
The Taxi driver took the beach route to the Miraflores Hotel. The beach foreshore seems to be under construction and uninviting.
As we approached Miraflores the buildings got better and I noticed that if the building did not have barb wire etc it would have a security guard out front.
Finally got to hotel, near Kennedy square walked to the beach to find a cleaner shopping area with restaurants. This was OK but had lots of fast food and mid class chain restaurants.
Visited Kennedy Park in the center of Miraflores, the park is an oasis in this otherwise unsafe dirty area. The high Police presence in the Kennedy Square is an obvious attempt to keep the tourists safe. The restaurants are OK but check menus for quality food as most restaurants are catering for backpackers.
All in all if you don't need to stay in Lima "DON'T" If you are a tourist heading to the Sacred Valley-Machupicchu etc transfer straight onto your flight at Lima airport or stay in a hotel near the airport and leave Lima ASAP. I don't like staying in cities where even the local residents feel so unsafe and the Police presence has to be so strong to protect the tourists.

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