Beaches in Brazil - A look at the Top 20 beaches in Brazil
Lets have a look at some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Brazil along the 7,491km Brazilian coastline.
Beaches in Brazil - Coming to Brazil in the near future? Maybe if your lucky for the Olympics in 2016, otherwise is still nice to dream. Brazil is a country famous for its sun soaked beaches and white sand, and this is a country where you are really spoiled for choice! To narrow it down we have chosen 20 of the top beaches in Brazil ranging for unknown hard to reach and untouched to the huge crowded and full of activities beaches found in the major cities. Something for everyone! The list is in no particular order, but we would love you to rank the beaches to see if we can find a favourite.
1. Praia da Atalaia - Fernando de Noronha, Recife - Beaches in Brazil
Beaches in Brazil - Atalaia is for the snorkelling enthusiast and is a naturally formed swimming pool. The beach is on a trail of about 1.5 Km on the island of Fernando de Noronha. The beach is protected and you will need to reserve a couple of days in advance with a guide to visit. Once on the beach you will have 30 minutes to snorkel. The experience is like swimming in a aquarium with various coloured fish, octupus, turtles and small sharks.
2. Copabacana - Rio De Janeiro.
Beaches in Brazil - Probably the most famous beach in Brazil and maybe the world. The Copacabana found in the "Marvelous City" of Rio De Janeiro. The beach is 4km long with the view of Sugar Loaf mountain to the left. The beach offers perfect white sand with lots of activities going on throughout the day, join in and play some beach football or volleyball. There are plenty of kiosks offering food and drink and just lay back and watch the local Cariocas and take in the scenery.
3. Galés - Maragogi, Maceio - Beaches in Brazil
Located in the northeastern state of Maceio, Maragogi and the natural swimming pools near "Galés" beach which offer a group of tropical pools formed at low tide about 6 kilometers from the city's beach. You can take a Catamaran trip out to the pools and see one of the worlds biggest Coral reefs.
4. Baia dos Golfinhos - Praia do Pipa, Natal
You guessed it! The beach to come to see dolphins where you will find them very much at home and often delight the visitors with acrobatics and fun. These warm waters located in Natal near the famous Praia do Pipa. Beaches in Brazil - The beach offers white sand below high rocky cliffs and crystal clear waters. The sea here is also quite calm and great for swimming.
5. Praia do Forno - Arraial do Cabo, Rio De Janeiro
Praia do Forno can be found a couple of hours drive north of Rio De Janeiro in the region of the lakes. Arraial do cabo is often known as the Brazilian caribbean with its turquoise waters. Praia do Forno is a natural beach that gives the feeling of being on a desert island with its mountainous background. If your lucky you may even spot a whale.
6. Praia dos Carneiros - Tamandaré , Recife - Beaches in Brazil
This paradise of a beach which translates as "sheeps beach". It has regularly been voted as one of Brazil's best beaches. Most people visit by boat or Catamaran to Carneiros as it is quite isolated. There is a beautiful little chapel Igreja de São Benedito and the beach is idyllic with the huge palm trees extending over the sea in some parts. There is a nice little restaurant serving a variety of fresh fish dishes.
7. Baia do Sancho - Fernando de Noronha, Recife.
Beaches in Brazil - The problem with Fernando de Norohna is that so many of the beaches on the island could quite easily make the list and its just a matter of preference. Baia do Sancho was elected twice in consecutive years as one of the top beaches in the world by Tripadvisor. This beach you can even see some small waterfalls over the cliffs down to the beach and a ladder and some small steps down. The waters are wonderfully clear and as Noronha has limits to the amount of people allowed on the island daily you wont see kiosks on this beach and might be the only one there!
8. Praia de Jericoacoara - Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará.
The Jericoacoara beach is hidden behild the sand dunes of the west coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara. Jeri is in the northern most municipality of the city of Fortaleza, Ceará and will take approx 4 hours to get there. The beach has calm waters with plenty going on and kiosks offering food and drinks. Many come here to sit on the sand dunes and see the sunset or try some sandboarding.
9. Praia do Espelho - Trancoso, Bahia.
Beaches in Brazil - Known as the "Mirror beach" and located between Trancoso and Caraíva. If you are in Porto Seguro Bahia im sure you will be indicated to visit here. The beach is framed with coconut trees and a wonderful light shade of blue and calm water and natural pools that form a low tide and reflecting pool which give the beach its name. The fish are visible to the naked eye because the sea is so clear. You can walk the whole beach in approx 30 minutes.
10. Porto De Galhinas - Ipojuca, Recife - Beaches in Brazil
Porto De Galinhas has become one of the most popular tourist towns in Brazil. About 1H 3OM drive from Recife the Capital of Pernambuco. This beach is famous for its natural pools which you can walk out to in the water in low tide or go out with the small sail boats. This beachis right at the end of the town centre road so is close by for lunch. The water is calm and clear as its protected by the reef but if you move down the beach where it clears you can also find areas to have surf or take a surfing lesson.
11. Praia de Castelhanos - Ilhabela, Sao Paulo.
Located on the "beautiful island" Ilhabela is a tropical paradise in the state of Sao Paulo and can be reached from the city in approx 4 hours drive. Once on the island Praia de Castelhanos is located on the Atlantic side, so you will need to take the trail road across the island which can be precarious and maybe the best option is to take one of the tour jeeps across. The road is part of the national park and there is a fee to reach the beach but once your there its worth the while.
12. Lagoinha do Leste - Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.
The island of Florianópolis is one of the most visited locations in Brazil in the southern state of Santa Caterina. Lagoinha do Leste is an untouched wild beach and is the treasure of the island. You will need to take a trail to reach the beach which takes approx 1H 30MIN starting from the Pântano do Sul beach. The hike is up and down but with spectacular views once you reach the beach and its possible to see whales too with some luck.
13. Praia do Félix - Ubatuba, Sao Paulo.
On the Rio- Santos highway you can find this gem of a beach. Its not far from Paraty so if you on the way there from Sao Paulo its definately worth a visit. The beach has a very primitive feel to it and the current is also strong so be aware when entering the water, to one side there are big waves and the other the water is quite calm. Its a small half moon shape beach and also has a small river which ends at the beach.
14. Praia do Pipa - Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
Praia do Pipa which is located 84KM from the capital city of Rio Grande Do Norte, Natal. The beach is located in the municipality of Tibau do Sul. The name of the beach translates as "Kite Beach". The beach offers crystal clear waters, white sand and 10 metre cliff to the back of the beach. Its a great beach for surfers and is probably the busiest beach in the area with plenty of infrastructure, bars and restaurants.
15. Ipanema - Rio De Janeiro.
Ipamena hs been labelled the sexiest beach in the world by the travel channel. The beach located adjacent to the Copacabana in Rio De Janeiro. To the western side of the beach you will see the "two brothers" mountains. The beach at Ipanema is always full of people playing football and volleyball and the waves can be quite big especially in the winter period. Ipanema was made famous from the song "The girl from Ipanema".
16. Praia de Canoa Quebrada - Aracati, Ceará.
Canoa Quebrada is located 166km from the state capital Fortaleza. The beach offers many activiteies such as paragliding, surfing and kitesurfing or a dune buggy ride. The beach offers white sands, plenty of sand dunes, warm water and sandy cliffs.
17. Ponta do Corumbau - Parque Nacional do Monte Pascoal, Bahia.
The meaning of this beach in the Indian "away from the stresses" and that is exactly what you will find.Corumbau is a paradise consisting of 15 km of beaches with white sands and crystal clear waters . The beach has a long necklace of coral reefs advancing 1 km into the sea and which disappear when the tide rises. With cliffs and Palm trees and the odd schooner boat passing by.
18. Lopes Mendes - Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro.
Another on the list from Rio De Janeiro but this time from the Island of Ilha Grande. Lopez Mendes was voted in the top 10 beaches in the world a few years ago by Vogue magazine. You can walk out quite far in the water and its still shallow but there is quite a strong current. You will need to hike to the beach or reach by boat but once you are there you will see what all the fuss is about.
19. Praia do Gunga - Maceio, Alagoas.
Gunga is positioned right between the Atlantic Ocean and Lagoa do Roteiro and is approx 32 km from Maceio the capital city of Alagoas. The beach is a vast of sand and surrounded by coconut trees. The water can change colour here too with blue waters in low tides and turning green in high tides when the ocean water meets the lake waters.
20. Taipu de Fora - Península de Maraú, Bahia.
Last on the list than could be extended by many more is Taipu de Fora which is main attraction of the Maraú Peninsula, in the South coast of Bahia, with natural swimming pools of clear water and many miles of deserted beach. The beach boasts a coral reef also that can be visited in low tides and has plenty of eating and drinking options. I heard from a friend that if you were in the california area you want to for sure check out their beaches as well and their whale watching california tour. My friend says he loved it.