Trancoso is perhaps the coolest beach destination in Brazil. It’s where the Brazil’s celebrities head to super chic hotels to live it up in luxury. Situated on the southern Bahia coast the town was a little known village some ten years ago but now is the place to be seen. The wealthy from Rio and Sao Paulo come here for a beach break and it is filled with designer boutiques and restaurants offering the finest food outside of these two cities.
Fernando de Noronha is one of the most beautiful places in the world. That sounds like a big statement but it is hard for anyone to disagree. It’s a picture perfect archipelago of 21 islands, with deserted beaches and some of the best diving on the planet. The islands and the waters that surround them form part of Brazil’s first national marine park and all visitors are required to pay a daily environmental tax. The environment and ecology play an important role on the island and buildings are strictly regulated.
Paraty is the jewel in the crown of the Costa Verde, the stretch of coastline which links Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, a mix of history and beaches which has created one of the most likeable towns in the whole of Brazil. Just a three hour journey south from Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is a small UNESCO Heritage Listed town which oozes charm. Surrounded by a landscape of forests, beautiful islands out to sea and countless beaches it is hard not to fall for Paraty.
You cannot fail to fall in love with Jericoacoara. This small town on the north coast in the state of Ceara, not far from Fortaleza, is possibly our favourite beach destination in Brazil. Known by everyone as Jeri, it’s unpretentious, laid back and a fabulous place to spend a few days or a few weeks. The town has a vast beach, backed by a large sand dune where everyone gathers for sunset and is a major world kitesurfing destination as well as being popular for other watersports.
Praia do Rosa lies about 90 minutes to the south of Florianopolis in the state of Santa Catarina and is famous for two reasons; its excellent surf and the presence of many Southern Right Whales. Despite this, Praia do Rosa remains relatively unvisited by international tourists despite the Baia Bela being described as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Porto de Galinhas is one of the most famous beaches in Brazil and according to many is the best beach in Brazil. It regular wins the accolade of Brazil best beach and it’s easy to see why. Once a small fishing village, it is now the playground of Brazil’s rich and famous and a fabulous addition to any holiday to Brazil.
The state of Alagoas is rarely visited by non-Brazilian tourists however has some incredibly stunning and near deserted beaches for those looking for beach tranquillity and to get away from the crowds. All along the coastline of the state are reefs and a number of fine beaches with crystalline water and white sands.
Armação dos Búzios is more commonly known as Buzios, a beautiful beach town only a couple of hours north of Rio de Janeiro. It was made famous in the 1960’s by Brigitte Bardot who fell in love with the town and it’s easy to see why. Sitting at the end of a beach strewn peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean the town of Buzios which was once a small fishing port is now Rio’s premier beach resort and considered to be the St. Tropez of South America.
Corumbau translates as ‘away from all worries’ in the native pataxo-indian language, and describes the essence of this beautiful hideaway perfectly. In its stunning remote setting, you may struggle to find t.v here, but should you make the adventure, you are rewarded with true Brazilian hospitality and Brazilian lifestyle, in a totally protected thriving green environment with miles of glorious white sand beach, brilliant under the all year sunshine.
Praia do Forte lies just to the north of Salvador on Bahia’s Costa dos Coqueiros, the Coconut Coast, in a beautiful location. Miles of white sands, fringed by palm trees and lapped by the Atlantic Ocean create a perfect holiday destination. The town is a popular weekend getaway for the wealthy from Salvador who are attracted to Praia do Forte by its beaches and Atlantic breezes which make it a perfect area for sailing and windsurfing.
The idyllic beach village of Morro de Sao Paulo sits on the island of Tinharé, a short boat or plane journey away from Salvador da Bahia. It’s a blissfully tranquil spot and perfect for any holiday to Brazil. The absence of cars on the island creates this tranquil environment and the only vehicles which are allowed on Tinharé are tractors which carry people around the island.
The Peninsula de Marau (Marau Peninsula) is in the south of Bahia, close to Salvador, and is an idyllic area of islands, mangroves, palm trees, lakes, deserted beaches as far as the eye can see and stunningly unspoilt scenery. The main town on the peninsula is the lovely Barra Grande which juts out into the Bay of Camamu and it is here that most visitors stay. However the peninsula also offers a number of other accommodation options and some very luxurious ones at that.
The lovely beach town of Praia de Pipa is just over an hour south of Natal and is one of the most delightful towns on the Brazilian coastline. Until a few years ago the town was relatively unknown but has grown to be the most fashionable place to stay in the north east. That is not to say it is overwhelmed by tourism, far from it. Backpackers and surfers still remain but intermingle with Brazilian celebrities in boutique hotels.
Ilha do Mel, the honey island, lies off the coast of the state of Parana in the south of Brazil. A beautiful hour glass shaped island, free from cars and pollution and the perfect place to escape from it all. The island is perfect for those looking to relax or equally for those looking to explore and has a number of walking trails out to some of the island’s attractions such as Farol das Conchas lighthouse from where you can obtain a good perspective of the island or out to the 18th century Portuguese fort.
Located a short drive away from Fortaleza, the beautiful town of Canoa Quebrada is a former hippie haven, with people drawn to the town by the miles of bright white sand and the crystal blue sea offset by the striking red cliffs. Once a quiet fishing town in Aracati, tourism discovered Canoa Quebrada in the 1970’s when backpackers started coming to this gem of the Ceara coastline.
Located three hours south of Rio de Janeiro, the island of Ilha Grande is a jewel of the Emerald Coast. A mix of pristine forest and empty beaches, the ‘big island’ is a wonderful place to get away from it all. The island’s most famous attraction is without doubt Lopes Mendes beach, widely regarded as the best beach in Brazil, which is reached following a trek through the rainforest and offers great surfing.