Brazil’s Best Beaches
Today is Brazil’s Dia de Independencia (commonly just called ‘Sete de Setembro’), marking the day when Brazil received Declaration of Independence from Portugal back in 1822. To celebrate the day and the country, we thought we’d put a list together of some of Brazil’s most beautiful sandy ‘praias’!
Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande
Just off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, you’ll find the island of Ilha Grande. The picturesque retreat has remained relatively untouched through the years thanks to its history as a quarantine for Brazil’s leper colony. Today, Ilha Grande is one of the most intact rainforest remnants in the region, hosting plenty of endangered wildlife and no roads or cars. Bordered by the forests of the Mata Atlântica, Lopes Mendes is the standout beach on the island with golden sands, some great surf and safe swimming to boot.
Ipanema, Rio de Janiero
We couldn’t really have a list of Brazil’s best beaches without featuring at least one from Rio, could we? While Copacabana obviously receives the headlines, we found Ipanema as good as Copa but far more safe. Famed for the 60s bossa nova song ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, Ipanema is one of Rio’s most popular tourist spots today. Of course the beach itself is stunning with soft white sands and rolling waves, but the array of shops, cafés, restaurants, art galleries and clubs make Ipanema one of the must visits in Brazil.
It’s probably fair to say that Trancoso is one of the more exclusives beaches on our list and certainly one of the ‘coolest’ destinations in Brazil, famed as a hangout for celebrities who head to the nearby luxury hotels. Located in southern Bahia, little was known about the coastal town until maybe a decade ago, but now it’s used by the wealthy from Rio and Sao Paulo thanks to its designer boutiques, high-end restaurants and stunning beaches.
Praia do Forno, Buzios
The coastal village of Buzios was once home to pirates and the slave trade, now the town is famed for much better things, including the incredible Praia do Forno. The beach itself has actually been isolated from Buzios by an unmarked trail, and features crystal-clear, shallow waters, immaculate sands and thanks to being located right next to a large cliff, offers ample opportunity for snorkelling. Forno is located a couple of hours east of Rio and is just as good as any of its neighbours but also gives you a sense of discovery we love when travelling.
Jericoacoara, Ceará Jericoacoara
This region, simply known as ‘Jeri’ to the locals, is secluded in northern Brazil behind an ocean of sand dunes. But if you like a sense of adventure, it offers one of the most rewarding beaches on our list. Now a National Park, the area and town of Jericoacoara is small but with plenty of lodging, restaurants and nightlife, while Jeri Beach itself is a haven for windsurfers, kite surfers and sand boarders.
Praia do Rosa, Santa Catarina
Praia do Rosa is our list’s and Brazil’s hidden gem. Located in the Santa Catarina region (around an hour and a half south of Florianopolis), Rosa is famed for two things; its excellent surf and the awesome presence of Southern Right whales. But despite this, it’s still relatively unknown by tourists. Go there before everyone else finds out the secret!
Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha Archipelago
Located along the remote Fernando de Noronha archipelago, Baia do Sancho is always ranked highly when it comes to the world’s best beaches and there’s a good reason for it. Pristine golden sands meet crystal-clear blue waters offering Joes plenty of room for swimming and some of the best diving you’ll find it Brazil. The waters host an abundance of sea life and along Baia do Sancho’s oceans, you’ll find green and hawksbill turtles, whales, reef sharks, clownfish and parrotfish. It’s also sparsely inhabited, making it ideal for romantic getaways.
Praia do Torque, Alagoas
We could really have chosen any one of the beaches in the Alagoas region’s Costa das Corais. Each offers glorious warm aquamarine waters (up to 36-degrees at low tide), unspoilt beaches, waterfalls and even surrounding reefs. There’s no motorway nearby, however, so they’re quite remote and you’ll need to be prepared for a long old walk for refreshments!