With a growth rate that could emulate anywhere on the Asian side of the Pacific Rim, Peru’s namesake ‘Asia’ is a nebulous commercial area south of Lima that incorporates more than 30 beaches (many of which have limited access), thousands of pricey holiday homes, and a humongous shopping mall known as El Sur Plaza Boulevard. Most of the action is centered on the 97.5km marker of Panamericana Sur, although clubs, restaurants and condos are now spreading as far north as Pucusana and as far south as Cerro Azul. Traditional Peru this most certainly isn’t (think more mini-Dubai), though it’s a lively place with young moneyed limeños (inhabitants of Lima) dropping by for nightlife and beach bumming opportunities in season (January to March). The rest of the year, it can be pretty dead.
Some of the best beaches are found around Chilca (several long beaches, Km 64), San Antonio (Km 80) and Playa Asia (that's where the mall is, Km 97.5).
Almost any bus along Panamericana Sur can drop you here upon request. There are some basic guesthouses on the main boulevard that are quite expensive, but Lima is less than an hour away with countless buses leaving 24/7. Fares start at S16.