The Top Brazilian Beaches
Brazil beaches are among the most stunning in the world. With a coastline that stretches 7,500 km (4,650 miles) there are no shortages of beaches to explore in Brazil. From lively urban beaches full of activity to remote and secluded beaches in Brazil, the country has it all!
The Top Beaches In Brazil
Best Urban Beaches
Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana is the most famous among Brazil beaches and the most lively beach in Rio de Janeiro. This 4 km stretch of beach with its tree-lined boardwalk is dotted with hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and is where all the activites seem to take place.
Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro
Located adjacent to Copacabana is Rio’s other famous beach, Ipanema Beach. Ipanema is a bit more relaxed than Copacabana, but it is often considered the sexiest beach in Brazil and in the world, where you’ll find many sexy women relaxing and enjoying the sun in their Brazilian bikini.
Salvador is the third largest city in Brazil and sits on the coast in northeastern Brazil. The city is the capital
of the state of Bahia and has a variety of beautiful beaches. Some of them include: Porto de Barra in the center and also Plakaford with its calm waters and soft sandy beaches. In the southern part of the city, there is a variety of beautiful beaches such as Tinhare and Boipeba.
Recife is another major coastal city in Brazil’s northeast. Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and is named after the coral reefs on the city’s shores. Recife is known to have some of the best Brazil beaches and the city’s most popular beach is Boa Viagem, which is in a upper-middle class area. The area features many outdoor cafes, restaurants, and a lively nightclub scene. Boa Viagem has several kilometers of beach with reefs and a great place for a variety of water activites. Every night, Boa Viagem beach is lit up, allowing people to swim at night.
Joao Pessoa is the capital city of the state of Paraiba and is one of the oldest cities in Brazil. It lies on Brazil’s northeast coast and the city has one of the most attractive urban beaches of Brazil. Some of the most popular beaches in the city are the two adjoining beaches of Tambau and Cabo Branco to the south.
Natal is another major city in Brazil’s northeast coast that is known for its beautiful Brazil beaches and sun. Natal’s urban beaches stretch for several kilometers, many of which are safe and clean. Just outside the city is where you’ll find some of the best Brazil beaches that feature large sand dunes where you can take buggy rides, and you’ll come across lagoons and sandstone cliffs with amazing views.
Fortaleza is the capital of the state of Ceara and sits on Brazil’s northeast coast. Fortaleza has some of the nicest urban beaches in Brazil and serves as a great hub for exploring nearby beaches with rolling sand dunes and fishing villages. Besides enjoying the beaches, visitors can enjoy the very active nightlife of the city or eat at one of the many restaurants.
Florianopolis sits on a large island off the coast of Brazil in the southern state of Santa Catarina. Florianopolis has over 40 beaches and some of the most beautiful Brazil beaches. Among the best of these are Praia Mole, the most popular and surrounded by green mountains, an optional nude beach called Praia da Galheta, a surfer beach called Praia do Campeche, and a variety of other beaches.
Top Island Beaches in Brazil
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago, with one main island and several smaller islands. It is located about 350 km off Brazil’s northeast coast. It features a variety of spetacular beaches with white sand and clear turquoise waters. One of the most stunning of the beaches is Praia do Sancho, which has been named among the most beautiful Brazil beaches by magazines. The island offers a places to hike, swim, snorkel and with the great visibility of the water it is a good place to spot turtles, rays, sharks, eels, dolphins and other fish.
Ilha Grande – Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Ilha Grande is an island off the coast of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janiero. The island is mostly undeveloped with no roads or cars and only a few small villages that can only be reached by boat or ferry. Ilha Grande has beautiful landscapes with remote beaches & vegetation of Atlantic rainforest. Ilha Grande can be visited where you can hike its trails, camp, and see its spectacular Brazil beaches, mountain peaks, waterfalls, and pristine forests.
Ilhabela – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ilhabela is an island situated off the coast of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The island can only be reached by boat or by a car ferry, as there is no bridge connecting the mainland to the island. The island is covered with tropical Atlantic rainforest and it is a popular place for watersports, such as snorkeling, scuba and free diving. The waters around the island are dotted with more than 50 shipwrecks, with some open for divers to explore. The island has many hiking trails, waterfalls & remote beaches.
Ilha do Mel – Parana, Brazil
Ilha do Mel is a beautiful island just off the coast of Parana. The island has natural lagoons, caves, waterfalls, and deserted beaches. There are a couple of small villages on the southern part of the island and it is also home to a 18th century fort and a 19th century lighthouse. The island can only be reached by ferry boat and there are no cars on the island, and transportation is either by foot along the many paths or by boats. It is a great place to go if you enjoy camping or nature.
Beach Towns & Remote Brazilian beaches
Cabo Frio – Rio de Janeiro
Cabo Frio is a beach town located about 150 km northeast of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The town is known for its white powdery sand of its beaches and dunes. Cabo Frio is also a historic town with 16th-century churches and forts.
Arraial do Cabo – Rio de Janeiro
Located 15 km south of Cabo Frio is the small town of Arraial do Cabo. The beaches here are known for its white sand and clear turquoise water, which make it an excellent place for snorkeling or scuba diving. The quiet waters and lush green mountain backdrops make it an excellent beach for relaxation.
Buzios – Rio de Janeiro
Located about 25 km northeast of Cabo Frio is the town of Armacao de Buzios, which sits on peninsula protruding out into the Atlantic. The town has a variety of beaches, restaurants & an active nightlife. The west coast side of the peninsula has beaches with calm & clear waters and the the east beaches of the peninsula, facing the open sea, offers stronger waves and draws surfers.
Praia do Forte – Bahia, Brazil
Praia do Forte is located about 85 km (1.5 hrs) up the coast from Salvador. The beach in this town is lined with coconut palm trees and during low tide there are natural pools that form and are full of sea life. It is also common to spot whales in the area. Praia do Forte is also a preservation site for sea turtles, you can visit the turtle sanctuary where you can see several varieties of turtle and various kinds of fish. The town has an excellent infrastructure for tourists, with resorts, hotels and hostels for backpackers.
Marau Peninsula – Bahia, Brazil
Marau Peninsula is located on the south coast of the Brazilian state of Bahia. This long peninsula features stretches of deserted beaches, mangroves, lagoons, coral reefs, and Atlantic rainforest. One of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula are Taipus de Fora and Barra Grande with its white sands and calm waters.
Porto de Galinhas – Pernambuco, Brazil
Porto de Galinhas is located about 60 km (37 mi) south of the city of Recife. Voted as one of the best Brazilian beaches by a readers of a popular Brazilian magazine, the beach extends 18 km long, with white, fine grained sand. There is a chain of reefs lining along its coast and during low tide, the water trapped by the reefs form several natural pools where tourists can swim and snorkel and see colorful fish.
Genipabu – Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Known as Genipabu or Jenipabu, this Brazilian beach has a variety of large sand dunes and lagoons. It is located just outside the city of Natal. Here you can go on dune buggy rides, ride a camel, do some sand surfing down the dunes, or just relax and swim on its beaches. The beach has hotels, inns, restaurants, and beach tents.
Praia de Pipa – Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Located about 80 km south of the city of Natal are some of the most spectacular beaches in Brazil.
The small town of Praia de Pipa is considered to have some of the most beautiful of Brazil beaches with sand dunes, cliffs with beautiful views and a preserved area of Atlantic Rainforest. The town is also a great place to spot dolphins swimming in the nearby bay. Besides the beaches the area has an active nightlife with bars, live music and restaurants.
Jijoca de Jericoacoara – Ceara, Brazil
Known simply as Jeri, this isolated village is considered to be among the most beautiful of Brazil beaches. The town is located about 300 km from the city of Fortaleza in the Brazilian state of Ceara. Jericoacoara is located in an environmental protected area that features huge sand dunes, blue lagoons, coconut palm trees, and beautiful white sandy beaches. The area has become a great place to do windsurfing, kitesurfing or sandboarding
Caraiva – Bahia, Brazil
Caraiva is a secluded fishing village on the coast of the state of Bahia. It is a simple village with not much there, just basic accomodations, a river, and stretches of undeveloped white sandy beaches in both directions. The area is a enviromental protected area with Atlantic forest and coconut palms, cliffs, clear water and untouched beaches. There are no paved roads and the streets are of sand and the most common way of getting around is by foot. It is definitely one of the top Brazil beaches to head to if you want to get away from it all!
Alter do Chao – Para, Brazil
Alter do Chao is a small town with a river beach located in the heart of the Amazon, about 30 km west of the city of Santarem. The area has been called the “Amazon Caribbean,” and during June-December, when the rivers are at their lowest, the area features large sandbars with white sand beaches and blue waters of the Rio Tapajos to the west and the green waters of Lago Verde to the east. It makes a great place to relax & cool off for a bit while exploring the humid Amazon rainforests.
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