9 of Brazil's Best BeachesJan 13th 2015

9 of Brazil's Best Beaches

Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco

Often voted Brazil's best beach, Praia do Sancho is a bay on the island of Fernando de Noronha, facing the coast of Brazil rather than out into the Atlantic Ocean.

With clear water and sand ground, this bay is one of the few in which it's allowed to stop boats for bathing purposes without damaging the corals.

Praia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha BrazilYou can reach this nature reserve via three "routes": on boats, by sea; by ladders fixed in a rock split, from where you can see the sea, and complemented by stairs carved in the stones; or scaling rocks from the neighbour Porcos Beach.

Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco

porto de galinhasA former fishing village, Porto de Galinhas is famed for its crystalline reef pools, which make for great snorkeling and swimming.medium sailboats (jangadas) take you out to explore the pools, though the most treasured of the pools, which resembles a map of Brazil, is protected and off-limits.

Praia da Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte

prai da pipa A lazy paradise fishing village until backpackers discovered it in the 1970s. Praia da Pipa is a favorite weekend retreat for locals in nearby large cities such as Recife. Surf, blue waters, dreamy lagoons, offers a great selection of hotels, hostels, restaurant, and nightlife.

Taipu de Fora, Bahia

Located on the sea side of the Marau Peninsula on the south coast of Bahia, this beach is a snorkeler's dream. More than 7km in length Huge Natural Pools that are formed at low tides between the coral reef. Brilliant, turquoise reef pools perfect for viewing an assortment of colorful tropical fish.

Porto da Barra

porto da barraPorto da Barra in Salvador is a medium stretch of a beach but a very busy one. Especially during the December –March season.Tiny fishing boats bring in the day's catch, there's beach volleyball and plenty to see. To the left of Porto da Barra, The lighthouse, Praia do Farol da Barra, has a beach break popular with surfers.

Caraiva, Bahia

caraivaWith almost 700 miles of coastline, the state of Bahia is loaded with sleepy fishing villages and pristine beaches. Off away in this long ago town, Caraiva, a hidden beauty 30 miles south of Bahia's best-known beach site, Porto Seguro. In Porto is where the Portuguese first landed and this is quite the busy, tourist jewel. There are no vehicles in Caraiva just the sound of the waives, relax, relax and relax.

Ipanema, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro

ipanemaThe most famous of all beaches. Ipanema is a classic choice. If it's not too crowded, it's a beautiful stretch of sand, with kiosks to pick up a coconut to down the water from the shell or a caipirinha. There's plenty of scenery along the sand . The inspiration for the "Girl from Ipanema" feel free to pay a visit to Garota de Ipanema, the cafe where the song was written. Glitz, glamour, and bodies expect no less in Rio.

Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro

ilhagrandeIlha grande’s tropical beaches and virgin Atlantic rainforest remains picturesque. Over the years, a veritable thicket of pousadas (guesthouses), restaurants and bars has popped up, paving way to a palm-studded beachfront town. Ilha Grande is a true popular tourist destination that is noted for its scenic beauty, tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation and rugged landscape. The village comprises a few dirt roads, and everybody meets down near the docks and beach at night.

Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]


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