Brazil’s coastline is the unquestionably the best in South America. Covering an area just over 4,600 miles, almost all of which is golden white sand, means it has something for everyone. The far north east is remote and pristine with little infrastructure and huge sand dunes, the islands off the east coast are lined with corals, whilst the far south is home to migrating southern right whales and wide open beaches.
The posadas and hotels that have emerged along the coast cater for various budgets. The small top class hotels with private plunge pools are now here, yet charming locally built wooden posadas with excellent locations and an individual charm have also emerged. With regards where to go, we have included some of our favourite places below, but the lesser visited, secluded areas in the far north are proving increasingly worthwhile.
Brazilians love their beaches and visiting one is part of the culture. Whether you wish to play football or volleyball, visit the small fishing villages that line the ocean, take long walks along deserted sands, or just sit and watch the life go by, you will feel submerged in their laid back way of life.
Buzios is located 190km to the east of Rio de Janeiro, lying on a peninsular and contains over 25 beaches, making this an ideal destination to visit after the exertions of Rio. ‘Discovered’, by Brigitte Bardot in 1964, when it was little more than a sleepy fishing village, today it comprises of small low rise pousadas and lodges, most of which over look the ocean and surrounding bays.
Corumbau means "distant place" in the Pataxo native language and owes its name to the wide sandy point that stretches out into the sea from the peninsula. This sums up Corumbau. It is a remote stretch of coastline in Bahia, difficult to get to, but worth it once you arrive as the endless pristine beach is worth the journey unto itself.
Fernando de Noronha is Brazil’s best hideaway. It offers a range of attractions that include snorkelling, diving, walking as well as wildlife. Its beaches have been voted the best in Brazil. An archipelago ideal for self-indulgence and relaxation, yet it also offers numerous activities for the more active.
The state of Santa Catarina lies in the south of the country and has always been a popular destination for Brazilians due its beaches and activities. The state capital, Florianopolis, lies on a peninsular off the mainland and is surrounded by beaches, both on the peninsular and on the mainland to the north and south.
Jericoacoara has more than one reason to be considered a paradise. The place is a set of several different sceneries, placed together in a very beautiful and harmonic combination, which should not only be seen, but be felt. The intense contact with nature and the sensation of freedom that the place transmits is palpable. Everywhere and every place seems so wide and spacious, this is a place which will forever live in your memories.
The Marau Peninsula is a natural paradise situated between Itacare and Morro do Sao Paulo. This is a remote place with endless windswept beaches, rock pools ideal for swimming in and a place to get away from it all.
Morro de Sao Paulo is a small island situated off the southern coast of Salvador. Remotely perched at the northern tip of Ilha de Tinhare, Morro’s appeal stems from its relaxed pace (there are no cars on the island) and its unique geography: three jungle-topped hills on a point at the meeting of the mangrove-lined Canal de Taperoa and a clear, shallow Atlantic.
Pipa is a true beach paradise. The north east coast of Brazil has long been the place to go and relax. The surrounding area has a range of fine beaches as well as sand dunes in the interior, ideal for exploring by dune buggy! The coast also has some of the best seafood in Brazil.
Trancoso was put on the map a few years ago now when a string of film stars took their holidays here. Trancoso is a place which is surrounded by untouched tropical forests with turquoise bays and white sand beaches, making a perfect get away destination.