Carnival is arriving and it’s time to make a tough decision: which beach will you relax on under the tropical sun? For those who still haven’t decided – yes you are really indecisive! – Here’s our list of the best beaches in Brazil.
7 Brazilian dream beaches that you can’t miss
1. Carneiros, the most romantic beach in Brazil
A hundred kilometers from Recife in Pernambuco, Carneiros is considered one of the nicest beaches in Brazil. Wild and enchanting, with calm and warm waters, it is the ideal beach for couples. At low tide, you can go horseback riding all the way to the chapel of São Benedito. In Sirinhaém, you can get a refreshing beer at the Bar do Mangue, facing the river. At high tide, the ocean invites you to go swimming or for a boat ride to discover the natural pools and sand dunes.
You’re feeling a little tired? Relax in the therapeutic mud at Praia de Guadalupe. Hungry? Head to Beijupirá where you can get crabs in cashew sauce, buttered lobster, and flambé shrimp with whiskey served on top of pineapple. Your other option is to head to the beach bar Arikindá where you can try different soups, shrimp with garlic and olive oil and enjoy a refreshing beer. And if you happen to have rented one of the little colored houses on the water, you can always eat fresh lobster at your place: at one moment or other, a vendor will come knocking on your door.
2. Trancoso, beach with plenty of charm in Brazil
Little colorful houses, a charming chapel with the ocean in the background… that’s it, you want to go? This is in Quadrado de Trancoso, the center of the city where the squares meters are the most coveted by the Carioca and the Paulista bourgeoisie, especially during the Christmas season.
The town was discovered by hippies in the 80s and today has become boho-chic. Calm waves, turquoise water, coconut trees and the Bahian breeze. Young people go mainly to the right end of the beach where there are bars, lounges, deckchairs, DJs and inns like Bahia Bonita or Etnia. For those who are looking for something more calm, head towards the left end in the direction of Araial d’Ajuda and watch the beach becomes more empty the further you walk. For the ideal holiday with your partner or your family, our favorite place is the pousada Jardim das Margaridas.
3. Florianopolis, paradisiacal beaches of Brazil
Very proud of his birth island, Gustavo Kuerten could spend hours praising it. He loves his homeland with the dunes, the lakes, the forest and the 42 beaches. His favorite? Maradeiro (in the south) or Joaquina, known for their sand boarding, Brava (in the north) and Praia Mole. If you are going to Mole, pass by the Big Blue Club, one of the lounge bars on the beach. In the water there are always plenty of surfers. Or go for a little walk to Galheta.
The other public, those who are older or more financially stable, head towards Jurerê Internacional, with its lounges and hotels on the water. For those who are looking for adventure talk a way in the forests on the beaches of Naufragados or Lagoinha do Leste (both in the South), considered one of the best beaches of the islands. Don’t forget to try some of the excellent local oysters.
4. Rio de Janeiro, the best Brazilian beaches
We will not spend too much time praising Rio. Ideal for celebrities, groups of friends, for those who want to go shopping or play some sports. Only problem: trying to spend New Years in Rio reveals many obstacle courses; crowded beaches, life moves fast and you can quickly lose the group you came with. But the show is worth it. If you’re going for a longer period of time, here are our tips.
5. Jericoacora, fisherman’s beach in Brazil
It was once a charming fishing village, several kilometerss below the equator, nestled between dunes, lagoons and the ocean. The rock of Pedra Furada (the pierced rock or the local Etretat) reigns and tourists come for the view when the sun disappears behind the ocean. Lovers of windsurfing and perfection come from around the world to appreciate the beauty and the magic of the spot, Jericoacoara. We could say that gringos have landed here by a gust of wind and they’ve never left, and you would understand why.
5 hours from Fortaleza, Jeri is a charming village with trendy hostels and restaurants, beach bars like Clube dos Ventos and plenty of forró. Perfect for celebrities or lovers, but also for big kids and young children. The best thing to do is to take a buggy tour for an adventure in the dunes and discover the lagoons. The best known: Jijoca. Relaxing with warm, turquoise water.
This may be the time to order a caipirinha and some fish stew to celebrate the beauty of the landscape. Looking for a calmer lagoon? Try Paraíso, the hostel-restaurant owned by Paulo, he’s a gringo that never left.
6. Bombinhas, a beach beneath the coconut trees of Brazil
Where should you take the kids? If you are looking for calm water, white sand and family activities then you are in the right place. You can already imagine yourself making a sandcastle with your kids. You won’t be alone either, 200 000 tourists come to the region every summer.
For more tranquility, you can go to Praia da Tahina, located 2.5km from the center of Sepultura where you can go scuba diving, a guaranteed wonder. Snorkeling, surfing, diving… the best idea: take the Arvoredo Marine Reserve boat to go swimming with turtles and dolphins in crystal clear water. Whether you’re athletic or not, spend half a day to climb the Morro do Macaco – relax, it takes 30 minutes – where you will have a 360 degree view of Bombinhas.
7. Praia do Forte, turtle’s beach in Brazil
We’re slowing down. Let your stress go, you’re at Praia do Forte, a natural sanctuary preferred by turtles to camp and lay their eggs. Close to Salvador, 55km away to be exact, the old fisherman’s village Estrada do Coco survived disorganized progress and has evolved into something beautiful and charming. There is no transitô, no houses bigger than coconut trees and everything is clean with quality infrastructure. There’s even a tuk-tuk service (taxi) created to make your life easier.
At Papa Gente you will find natural pools that form during low tide. Eat a shrimp pastry at Bar do Souza. Are you with your children? Take them to see the turtles at the Tamar Project.
After the publication of this article, one of our readers contacted us to talk about a beach that they love so much. My Little Brasil fell under its charm and decided to add the beach Pipa in Rio Grande do Norte to the list of favorite beaches.