Klimax Surf Shop
av. jose gonzalez 488 miraflores Peru
ve been looking around Lima to find my own surfboard.
After working in Colorado as a lift operator at a ski resort for a few years I have developed quite the interest in snowboarding. Being that I have been out of the United States and far away from any snow for such a long time I decided that it was time to try my hand at surfing. I took my first lesson with Antonio Otello at the Penacal Surf Hotel in famed San Bartolo in Lima Sur. Since then I have been looking around Lima to find my own surfboard.
After checking numerous websites for used surfboards such as mercadolibre.com I decided it was time to stop by the Klimax Surf Shop to see what they had to offer. The shop was established by Rodolfo Klima who shapes most of the boards. There are a couple of locations but I chose to stop by the one in Miraflores located at the intersection of Av. Larco and Av. Jose Gonzalez.
Upon entering I was blown away by their selection. The Klimax Surf Shop has a few hundred new and used surfboards to choose from. The new boards are shaped out of foam blanks and glassed in fiberglass, rather than the newer epoxy resins, which makes for a smoother ride with more feel. An employee by the name of Carlos was very kind and showed me around the shop.
New boards start at $400 USD and come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. I believe from their website that you can also get a custom designed Klimax surfboard made exactly to your specifications. They also have a vast selection of used surfboards of various makes and models which start at $80 USD and go up to $240 USD. The used boards are in various conditions but all are atleast repaired and ready for use. Some of the used boards had obvious repairs from breakage to simple dings, but the prices seemed more than fair considering most of the airlines charge a steep fee of $200 each way to carry your own board on the airplane with you on international flights.
The Klimax Surf Shop also has a limited amount of apparel consisting mostly of hooded sweatshirts to t-shirts. They also have protectinve surfboard bags and leashes for sale as well. If you are looking for a surfboard in the Lima area I recommend that you check out Klimax Surf Shop.
The Old Pub is located at the end of the Calle de las pizzas in Miraflores, Peru. I found it quite fantastic upon entering having been out of the United States for over 2 months straight. The décor is fashioned like that of an authentic English watering hole, with large bar and old english decorations. The bar even houses authentic Imperial Stout right on tap!
They have several brand new 50” LED flat screens with football on daily. The menu is great if you want to get a taste from back home. They have fantastic buffalo wings and the beer is perfectly chilled. The service is friendly and bilingual as are the majority of eateries on the calle de las pizzas.
Items on the menu include sandwiches, burgers, steaks ( even the chateaubriande). Items range from s./15 for appetizers to s./55 soles for the chateaubriande which is enough for 2. The drinks range from cusquena s./9 (330ml) jarobe s./25, pilsen s./8 and a little more for imports. They also have a variety of wine and plenty of whisky to choose from.
If you are looking for a place to go watch a game or just looking for a glimpse of home go check out The Old Pub in Miraflores for a great time. I give the Old Pub *** stars.
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Nightlife in Miraflores, Peru! Miraflores is the place to be after the sun goes down. Plenty of flowers to see in Miraflores. Seriously, when its time to party head to the Plaza de las Pizzas also known as la calle de las pizzas. Here you will find everything from sit down restaurants to discotechs aka dance clubs. On the weekend this is the place to be and the clubs start getting packed around 12 midnight. On the weekdays the crowds are more of tourists but you can usually still find places that are jumping.
Recommended places to eat are Rustica (***) which is a nice place to go before heading into the clubs. Here you can enjoy a Pisco Sour or a cold Cusquena while feasting on you own Parilla (mini grill) or pasta and pizza. Prices are S./30 per person plus beverages. Atmosphere wins here with open air, flat screen tv’s and music.
Also, recommended at the other end is The Old Pub (***) which resembles an old english pub. here you can sit down to a cold draft and a nice steak or try the buffalo wings for a taste of the old U.S. of A. Prices are around S./25 or $10 USD per plate plus beverages.
Most nights we head straight to the Sabor Peruana Club (*****) located halfway down the calle de las pizzas and take the sidewalk. Here you will find the largest club in the area and usually the most popular. On week nights it can still draw a decent crowd, but as is the norm for Latin America, you will find that most people dont go out until around 12 midnight. On the weekend you will find more people. Good music includes house DJ playing Reggaeton, Rap and electronic dance music until 3 AM or later. On Saturdays there is a group cover charge of S./20 and includes a carafe of beer to share. Weekdays it depends usually no cover and sometimes a free mini pisco just to stop in and check it out. If your single be aware of the Putingas normally sitting at the end of the bar closest to the dance floor, they seem nice but usually charge for their services.
Next is Piropos (***1/2) located on the main calle de las pizzas. It is a smaller place with good music and decently priced drinks. It can get a little crowded on the weekends but during the week it just depends. They play Reggaeton and electronic dance music (very popular amongst the locals). Normally there is a cover on the weekends but not during the week.