View of calm ocean water from a flat, golden sand beach with hills overlapping far in the distance.

Ubatuba Beaches and Other Recreation

While Ubatuba itself has some passable beaches, they pale in comparison to the more unspoiled sheltered coves and sandy expanses you’ll find north and south of town. The majority of these are easily accessible by car and municipal buses as well as by boat.

Beyond quaint buildings with tile roofs, the ocean stretches to the horizon.

The Beaches of Natal, Brazil

Natal is all about its beaches. From the calm waters of Praia do Forte to the beautiful sands of lively Ponta Negra, Brazil expert Michael Sommers guides you to the area’s best beaches and related sights.

A greek temple-facade stands next to a pool fountaining water.

Best Beach Barracas in Fortaleza, Brazil

Throughout the Northeast, beach-going would be unimaginable without the ever-present seaside restaurant-bars where friends and family settle in for a long day of chatting, drinking beer, and nibbling on portions of fried fish and seafood.

Two men pass under the shade of a tree high up on the shore of a white-sand beach.

São Sebastião: Beaches, Nightlife, and More

When Paulistanos say they are “going to São Sebastião,” they’re not actually referring to the busy seaside town, but to the 100km expanse of beaches and resort towns around it. Read on to find the right stretch of beach for your style of travel.

View atop a grassy hill of a small strip of buildings and a span of grass between them and a long stretch of beach.

Exploring Brazil’s Cocoa Coast: Ilhéus

Today, traces of the legacy of the “colonels” can be glimpsed by wandering among the handful of grandiose mansions and civic buildings of Ilhéus’s small historical center. Surrounded by native Atlantic forest and, to the north and south, boasting some attractive white-sand beaches—Ilhéus is well worth exploring.

At dusk a couple boats are pulled up on to the sand with a long pier visible in the water.

Best Beaches in Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza’s beaches are the be-all and end-all of the Cearense capital. While not suitable for swimming, many of the beaches operate as a seaside party zone where you can watch the sunset with the happy-hour crowd.