Published December 2019
We can say this place is, in fact, a set of beautiful beaches. While Tiririca and Ribeira have a relaxing atmosphere, Praia da Concha is specially prepared to welcome loving couples. On Havaizinho, Itacarezinho, Jeribucaçu, and Engenhoca, tourists will find a good infrastructure: places to spend the night, inns, restaurants, and charming bars. The beaches in the extremity, where there used to be cocoa plantations, are more remote, with less-visited trails. In this case, it’s recommended to hire a guide. If you get tired of walking, it’s ok: hop on a canoe to explore the Rio das Contas river.
A small village that has stopped in time, when there was no asphalt. To go to the beaches, you must walk ‒ just short distances (around 20 minutes), but under the scorching sun. The other option is to cross the Rio Barroso river aboard a raft. Or take a ferry at Porto das Jangadas, in the middle of sugar cane plantations. The boat sails slowly to the ocean and along the river surrounded by dunes and palm trees. On Imbassaí, the waters are calm, with natural pools that can be seen on low tide.
The beach bars sell cold beer all day long and close only when the tide begins to rise.
It’s an almost hidden treasure between Maceió, Jatiúca, and Pratagi. In this fishing village, you can still find deserted beaches, endless palm tree plantations, and inns for all tastes. To get there, you have to fly to Maceió, rent a car or hire a private shuttle service and travel for two hours. In São Miguel dos Milagres, there are no ATMs, taxis, or big hotels. It’s the ideal place for anyone who wants to disconnect. There, you’ll find natural pools and beaches with few visitors, like Patacho, Toque, and Lage.
To get to this village, which in the 1970s was popular among people looking for peace and quiet, you need to get on a 4X4 and cross huge dunes. A true oasis. If you like sports like surfing and kitesurfing, head to the beach called Malhada, because the wind there is special for this kind of activity. Lagoa Azul and Lagoa Paraíso are united by a sandbank, and on Pera you’ll find beach bars that serve cold beer and local food.
The hammocks in the water, available on some beaches, add a romantic touch to this charming city that seems to be in a different era. Far from the big hotel chains for being a National Reserve, Jericoacoara still has unpaved streets and is surrounded by crystal-clear lakes home to hundreds of sea horses. Huge sandbanks and mangroves top off this postcard site.
Almost 10.5 miles [17 km] of beaches with crystal-clear, warm waters and a single main street with small shops and restaurants. What more do you need to be happy? Maracaípe and Coupe are the best beaches for surfers to catch some waves among impressive scenery. In Porto de Galinhas there’s also Muro Alto, a coral reef just 330 feet [100 m] off the coast. Colorful rafts take surfers to go diving and snorkeling in the natural pools.
The queen in Northeast Brazil couldn’t be left out of this list. With its beaches surrounded by Atlantic Rainforest and red cliffs in the background, Pipa doesn’t have tall buildings either, despite its rapid growth. Praia do Amor, whose shape resembles a heart, is the most famous beach in the area.
Kids and adults can have fun at Baía dos Golfinhos, where dozens of dolphins appear every morning to perform spins and jumps in front of tourists. They live in the ecological sanctuary, which has several trails, overlooks, and paths to cross the forest.
The wildest beach is Praia do Madeiro, surrounded by gigantic cliffs and palm trees. To get there, there’s transportation from Tibau do Sul, a small town close to Pipa.