Things to do in João Pessoa – 6 Things you must do !

Things to do in João Pessoa  - 6 things you must do !


Things to do in João Pessoa  - João Pessoa  is one of Brazil's most famous beach towns located in the state of Paraíba in the north east of Brazil.

Things to do in João Pessoa  - João Pessoa  is the capital city of Paraíba in the north eastern region of Brazil. It a coastal city with beautiful blue waters with all year round sun and a great vibe. The city is known as the second greenest in the world 2nd only to Paris.

The city was founded in 1585 and as its the most eastern city on the continent it is known as the city where the sun rises first. The city was given its current name on in 1930 after João Pessoa Cavalcanti de Albuquerque who was the state president and was assasinated in that year, before it was known as Parahyba do Norte but has also had other names before that.

Here is a quick list of 6 Things to do in João Pessoa while visiting;

 1. Things to do in João Pessoa - Watch the Sunset at Jacaré Beach

Sunset jacare - Things to do in João Pessoa

Sunset jacare - Things to do in João Pessoa

If your in João Pesso heading down to Jacaré is a must. You can book a tour from your hotel or even head down there by taxi from the city centre for approx 40 Brl $. You will need to get there for around 4pm but check on your arrival for sunset times. Once there you can book a tour on the Catamaran. They will take you out on the boats where you will listen to Jurady do Sax which is a Sax player on a small boat serenading the visitor, you will have the chance to dance some Forro which is the typical dance of the northeast and then watch one of the best sunsets you are ever likely to see!

When: Daily
Where: Praia do Jacaré
Budget:  $-$$ (from 1 to 80 Reais)  For a trip on the catamaran per person.

2. Visit São Francisco Church in the city centre

Sao Francisco Church Joao Pessoa

Sao Francisco Church Joao Pessoa

From the beaches of João Pessoa you can head into the city centre which is approx a 20 minute taxi ride or you can even take the bus. You can make your way to the church of São Francisco and convent. The church offers some beautiful frescos and for approx 10 Brl $ you can take a tour of the church and convent, the tour is in Portuguese but even if you do not speak portuguese you will get to see all the convent, history and museum inside which is definitely worth a visit.

When: Monday - Saturday until 4.30pm
Where: Ladeira São Francisco, s/n - Centro, João Pessoa - PB, 58010-650
Budget: $-$$(from 1 to 80 Reais) To enter chruch is Free

 3. Visit the natural pools of Picãozinho

Picaozinho Natural Pools Things to do in João Pessoa

Picaozinho Natural Pools Things to do in João Pessoa

From the city centre beach of Cabo Branco you can take a tour to Picãozinho. You will take a catamaran tour to the natural swimming pools which are close to the city. The boats usually leave at around 8am and you will see the most amazing corals and coloured fish and even dolphins if your lucky. The coral reef here is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The price for the tour will be approx 35 Brl $ and they often charge extra for renting mask and snorkels.

When: Daily whether permitting
Where: Ask in your hotel or near the beach Cabo Branco you will find tour agencies 
Budget: $-$$ (from 30 to 80 Reais)  

 4. Things to do in João Pessoa - Take a daytrip tour to the southern beaches

Tambaba Joao Pessoa

Tambaba Joao Pessoa

This is another must on the list. Ask in your hotel or one of the tour agencies in the city for a tour to the southern beaches. They are all spectacular and different. There is Praia do Amor, Coquerinho, Tabatinga, Carapibus and Tambaba. Tambaba has become famous for one part of the beach which is a nudist beach, where you will have to pass through a control point should you wish to head over the hill to the nudist side. You can take a tour or even a private trip to these beaches on a beach buggy.

When: Daily
Where: Ask in your hotel or near the beach Cabo Branco you will find tour agencies
Budget: $-$$ (from 30 to 80 Reais)  For a standard coach tour. More expensive for private tour.

 5. Relax on the beaches in the city centre and eat some Camarão

Lunch Cabo Branco João Pessoa

Lunch Cabo Branco João Pessoa

The city centre beaches of Cabo Branco and Tambau offer warm crystal clear waters and white sands. These beaches run the whole coast of the city so there is plenty of choice to sit down and relax. You will find many beach kiosks and selling drinks and cold beers and its definitely worth to try the local Shrimps (Camarâo) which are delicious and cheap too. The kiosks are even worth a visit at night time for those not wanting to eat in the restaurant and most have live music at night time.

When:  Daily
Where: Cabo Branco and Tambau beaches
Budget: $-$$ (from 30 to 80 Reais)  For a typical lunch or evening meal at one of the kiosks per person

6. Visit the lighthouse  - Farol do Cabo Branco - Things to do in João Pessoa

Farol do Cabo Branco Joao Pessoa

Farol do Cabo Branco Joao Pessoa

On the cliffs overlooking Cabo Branco is the Farol do Cabo Branco and is the most eastern point of the Americas. The tower was built in 1972 and from the top you have amazing panoramic views of the coast and the city. You will need to get there by car from Cabo Branco or you can take a taxi for approx 20 Brl $.

When: Daily
Where: Ponta dos Seixas
Budget: Free

Budget Classification

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$$$$ from 140 to 250 reais
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