Brazil’s Best Beaches
Brazil boasts close to 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) of beautiful Atlantic beaches. Whatever your mood or budget, there is a beach to suit everyone.
Best Urban Beaches
Known as a “crab culture” because 70 percent of the population lives on the coast, city life is often synonymous with beach life. These beaches are not tranquil, but they are both visually stunning and overflowing with life.
- Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro
- Porto da Barra in Salvador in Bahia
- Ponta Negra in Natal
- Praia do Futuro in Fortaleza
Best Island Paradises
There is always something deliciously castaway-like about fleeing to an idyllic tropical island. The following beaches fit the bill.
Best Party Beaches
Take ample amounts of sun, sand, and surf, shake them up with Brazilians’ chronic alegria or joyfulness (fueled by music and caipifrutas), and you get the following permanently festive beach scenes.
- Búzios in Rio de Janeiro
- Maresias in São Paulo
- Praia da Joaquina in Santa Catarina
- Morro de São Paulo in Bahia
- Praia da Pipa in Rio Grande do Norte
Many of Brazil’s hippest beaches were once tiny fishing towns until they were discovered in the 1970s by hippies in search of paradise. Over time, they’ve succeeded in becoming quite cosmopolitan, without having lost their laid-back groove or eco-friendly vibe. To mellow out in style head to the following beaches.
Best Total Getaways
For those fed up with civilization and who long to return to a more primitive, natural state, the following beaches (and their surroundings) are not only secluded and unspoiled, but hypnotically beautiful.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition