The perfect combination of nature and tourist facilities has made Porto de Galinhas, some 45 miles [70 km] from the capital, Recife, one of the most popular beaches in Brazil. In such places as Muro Alto, the natural pools extend for up to 1.2 miles [2 km]. When the sun sets, luxury resorts and restaurants offering regional food in the central village get crowded.
On the one hand, Boa Viagem is a paradise with emerald waters and coral reefs. On the other hand, it offers all the benefits of staying in a nice neighborhood in the Pernambuco capital, with luxury buildings, sports courts and bike lanes. Going by bike to the neighboring beaches of Piedade and Pina is a great activity for people who enjoy surfing.
Walking on the beach, some 3 miles [5 km] separate downtown Porto de Galinhas from the best sunset in the region, at Pontal de Maracaípe. Popular for its waves, the bay also offers raft rides through mangroves, the natural habitat of crabs and seahorses.
Disputed by the Portuguese and the Dutch in the 17th century, this island in northern Pernambuco is home to such structures as the Engenho São João and Fort Orange. Incidentally, speedboats and catamarans that go to Coroa do Avião, an islet filled with bars and restaurants, leave from the Fort.
Isolated by rock walls, this beach with native forest located some 30 miles [50 km] from Recife is known as a refuge. To access the thin stretch of golden sand, visitors need to go down a zip line. There, rocks in the water form the shape of a heart that’s pure charm!
River or ocean? Choose both! Located some 6 miles [10 km] from downtown Tamandaré, Carneiros has green waters and is where the rivers Formoso and Ariquandá meet the sea. With a rustic, deserted-beach atmosphere, it is home to elegant bars and restaurants.