The List You’ve Been Waiting For! 5 of the Dreamiest Beaches in Brasil
The perfect remedy for the upcoming freezing cold weather is a New Year’s resolution to relax and recharge on Brazil’s dreamy beaches. Here is the list of the top five beach destinations we recommend in 2015 by the country’s tourist board: Jericoacoara, Trancoso, Fernando de Noronha, Buzios and Sao Miguel dos Milagres.
From fishing villages that are off the beaten path to luxurious getaways with exquisite gastronomy, these beach destinations provide unique attractions and adventures to entice every type of traveler. Its picturesque sceneries, welcoming locals and relaxed vibes presents each traveler with the resources and inspiration they need to start the new year with people they love and reconnecting with what matters the most at a destination that they will never forget.
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Considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Jericoacoara, or simply Jeri, is a small fishing village surrounded by the National Park of Jericoacoara, warm-crystal-clear lagoons and mountains of dunes. Although it is a very popular destination among Brazilians, it still preserves its natural appeal with sandy streets, fabulous costal scenery and its infamous “Sunset Dune,” which attracts a crowd of “sun worshipers” every evening.
Jeri has a wide range of activities for guests that are looking for exciting new adventures and nightlife and/or those looking to getaway to relax, renew and escape. Popular activities in Jeri include kayaking Mangue Seco, windsurfing, kite surfing, sand boarding on the dunes, surfing on Malhada beach, horseback riding on the beach and learning to dance Forro in the dance clubs.
Its local gastronomy reflects the city’s diversity and it combines both Ceará local ingredients and fisherman traditions, as well as influences from other regions in the country and foreigners who adopted the city as their home.
Trancoso is a small town that brings together the laid-back charm and luxury of the Southern Bahia, without losing its simplicity of being a rustic-historic fishermen village. Its golden beaches are accompanied with coconut palm trees and plants; a great variety of restaurants; and charming yet sophisticated pousadas, giving visitors a unique experience.
Trancoso is the perfect place to escape the world with its mix of indolence and activities; that is, if guests are able to leave the hammock. Visitors can kite and wind surf, snorkel, paddle and go horseback riding. The famous “quadrado” or “square” is the center of social life in Trancoso. It’s the main square in the city’s historic center and it is full of bright colored bars, restaurants and stores that sell handcrafted souvenirs and designer clothes. This site also houses the Igreja de Sao Joao Batista, one of the oldest churches in Brazil and an important tourist attraction in the city.
With the help of Trancoso’s talented and sophisticated chefs, its gastronomy brings all of the flavors of the Bahia region to life. Visitors can appreciate the delicious simplicity in natives’ dishes and indulge in “petiscos,” tapa-like dishes offered on the beach, and pair them with caipirinhas or other tropical cocktails.
- Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is part of an archipelago comprised of 21 islands and rock islets. It’s a paradise with a sanctuary for sea turtles, whales and spinner dolphins and it is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. When scuba diving or snorkeling, its crystal clear waters provides a visibility of about 60 meters of underwater making it enjoyable to observe its rich marine life; a truly breathtaking experience.
Fernando de Noronha offers visitors with many wonderful and remote beaches to explore including: Baia do Sancho, considered by many one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; Baia dos Porcos, formed by pools that are home to an enormous diversity of colorful fish; and Baia dos Golfinhos, where people can approach friendly mammals.
The culinary experience on the island incorporates only the freshest of seafood caught from its crystal waters. Lobsters, octopus, fish and even sharks are infused with Pernambuco’s spices and served with tropical fruits and cassava. One of the specialties of Noronha is fish wrapped in banana leaves and “cartola,” a traditional northeastern dessert made with banana, and “queijo coalho,” a brazilian cheese.
Until the 1960, the fishing colony of Armacao dos Buzios was a discreet, quite village with around 300 inhabitants lying on the outkirts of the town of Cabo Frio. Then one day an illustrious visitor chose this location for her holidays and the destination was never the same. The “discovery” by the French actress Brigitte Bardot has profoundly changed the tourism of the town. The city today stands for sophistication and luxury and is well known for its boutiques hotels, superb gastronomy and fashionable beachwear.
The symbol of Buzios, the Rua das Pedras (Stone Road), is known for being the social and nightlife of the city. The best way to discover the beaches in the region, Buzios, Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio, is by boat. Trips take an average of 4 hours and visitors are recommended to add diving activities to their itineraries. In fact, the site has thousand of diving sites and holds a festival for diving practitioners. Buzios is also very suitable for windsufing, kitesurfing and surfing practice.
- Sao Miguel dos Milagres (AL)
Sao Miguel dos Milagres is a fishing village divided by only one main street and a handful of wonderful beaches by an emerald-colored sea. The city is famous for its rich gastronomy and fresh seafood. One of the main attractions in Sao Miguel dos Milagres is to navigate in “jangadas” or sailboats. It allows visitors to ride a sailboat down to the tide pools in order to snorkel in the pristine waters of the reefs, alongside the beaches of San Miguel and Toque. Another interesting attraction is dolphin watching and visiting the Sanctuary of Manatee, located along the Tatuamunha river.
Close to Sao Miguel, travelers will find the Praia do Patacho, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and has hundreds of coconut trees framing a wide strip of sand in a sea of green hues.
The lack of developed urban centers fostered the formation of a gastronomic circuit amongst the community’s lodges, which are well structured and charming. The place is ideal for romantic getaways and honeymoons.
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