Five of Our Favorite Beaches in Brazil

Brazil is beach country. There are more beaches located in the country than you’ll probably ever visit. They aren’t just an important pastime for tourists, they are also important to locals. Brazil has over 8,000 km of coastline and thousands of beaches, most of them you’ll probably never visit. That’s why it’s important to visit the best beaches Brazil has to offer. Hera are some of our favorites:

Praia do Toque, Alagoas

Here lies 15 km of beach protected by reef and lack of highway. Those who know about it know that to get there you need to turn off the highway and take the local road into the trees and villages. 20 minutes north of the beach is a manatee sanctuary that can easily be reached, and you can hire a fishing boat at low tide and visit the tidal pools. What’s more is that the water at this beach is always, always warm.

Caraiva, Bahia

There’s no motorized transport allowed on this beach – so quiet breezes and water prevail. Oh, and the sound of mules pulling carts, which are the only alternative to walking. The beach is long, more than a days walk in both directions, and you’re surrounded by nothing but goal posts and golden sand.

Bonete, Sao Paulo State

Walking the paths to reach this beach is half the fun, you’ll pass waterfalls and beautiful coastal forest. Once you reach the beach, it’s nothing but blue waters and golden sand. This is a great surfing spot as well. You can camp on the beach, rent a canoe, or just lay in the sun and soak up some rays.

Taipus de Fora, Marau peninsula, Bahia

This beach stretches for 1,100 km of coastline. Beautiful reef pools can be found here, and a huge pool offers great snorkeling and viewing of tropical fish. There’s even a bar in front of the reef pool, Bar das Meninas, that has some fabulous seafood and cocktails. The beach is also notoriously beautiful at night.

Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro

This is a continuance of Ipanema beach, and it’s strikingly beautiful. Surfers and local bathers love this spot of beach as well because the tides are great and the rays of sun are just right. The Azul Marinho restaurant also sits on the beach, where you can enjoy a great beach cocktail and some fresh prawns. You may even catch a local band of musicians practicing, or young children practicing capoeira (Brazilian dance fighting).

Praia do Toque, Alagoas

Praia do Toque, Alagoas

Praia do Toque is just one of many beautiful beaches along the endless sandy Alagoas coastline, named Costa dos Corais (Coral Coast) after the enormous coral reef just off the coast’s shore.

The 20km ecological route where Praia do Toque is located is the only part of Brazil where the main north-south highway BR101 goes inland, leaving the coastal road and local communities in tact just as they were 50 years ago. The weather in this region is usually warm and sunny, with refreshing breezes throughout the day. If you’re planning on being a beach bum, I would recommend not going in June because that’s when you might catch the most rain.
The town full of handcrafted treasures, you can find wood carvings of all kinds and other hand-made arts and crafts. The waters are warm, the sand is white, and there are plenty of sealife if you’re into snorkeling. The natural pools are warm and still and perfect for swimming. Walk the coastline, or take a boat trip. Or you can stay put and enjoy the beautiful stretch of white sand and the quaint and cute pousadas, most of which are right on the beach and offer half board rates. Food is fresh and good, and prices are fair.

Where to stay: Pousada do Toque, the region’s pioneers. Pousada do Caju is also good, and cheaper.