Don those Haviana flip flops, colour your personal preference, grab your shades, and prepare to chill out.
You’ll have heard of Copacabana Beach, no thanks to Barry Manilow, however if you want a less packed stretch of sand, with more option to chill-out, then it’s worth looking elsewhere. Bahia has many fantastic beaches, with slightly less in the way of mass tourism, however a visit to Rio is a must-do in my opinion.
Here are my top five beaches in Brazil, sure to get you going ‘ahhhh’.
Ipanema, Rio de Janiero
So we’re avoiding Copacabana just because there are other beaches just as good, if not better, right? Well Ipanema is Rio’s other famous beach, and is less crowded as a result, Heard the song ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, well this area was its muse, which is as good a reason as visit any to visit. You’ll easily find a beachside drink here, with plentiful sun-loungers and parasols, as well as being infinitely beautiful.
The province of Bahia is packed with beautiful beaches, however Caraiva is a very popular one for good reason. The beach is quiet, yet not deserted, and because of this you won’t find mass tourism, which I personally think makes for a more authentic experience.
Taipus de Fora, Bahia
Grab your camera, the sea at Taipus de Fora for some reason is incredibly, eye-blinding blue, and fantastic for snorkelling, with equally as colourful marine-life to visit. Right on the Marau Peninsula, this palm-lined beach is a great choice, and you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable accommodation.
Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco
Not so easy to reach, I’ll admit, but the best things in life are worth struggling for occasionally, right? You can only really reach this beach by boat, unless you fancy climbing down a cliff-side ladder, which I personally wouldn’t! Very green, because it isn’t actually on the mainland, and instead is on a small island, you’ll get a true natural and quiet beach experience here. Praia do Sancho is regularly voted as one of the top beaches.
Porot de Barra, Salvador, Bahia
My final choice is another in Bahia, and I’ve chosen it for its sunsets. Grab that camera! Salvador is a thriving city, so that’s another perk to visiting here, and it’s very lively too. The beach is busy, yet not crowded, and has the usual sunbathing and volleyball/soccer facilities, plus bars and restaurants for a break from the sun.