Brazilian Beach Resort Towns
Everyone’s heard of Rio de Janeiro and its legendary beach playgrounds. Ipanema, Copacabana, and Barra da Tijuca are famous worldwide. Some international visitors have recently even been fortunate enough to travel to Paraty or Trancoso—both recognized by national magazines as celebrity “It spots”. But Brazilians know that those beach destinations are just the beginning if you’re seeking beautiful beaches. Rio is a city, and there are many other Brazilian cities fronted by a beautiful beach. But the resort towns are where people from Sao Paulo, Rio, Brasilia
With its long stretches of pristine beach and vivid turquoise water, this Atlantic coastal beach resort area is picture-perfect. Some beaches are accented by palm trees and nothing more—others are colorfully dotted with beach umbrella sand scattered cabins. The calm, crystalline water is ideal for family-friendly swimming and water
This region is almost entirely off the radar of North American travelers, although it does see plenty of Europeans. The roads and infrastructure are modern, with plenty of variety in accommodations and restaurants.
What to Do: Pick your perfect beach. There are many to choose from, with the beaches slightly away from town, such as Xareu and Antunes, seeing fewer visitors than the official Maragogi beach. Book a spot aboard a dive boat and check out the undersea life at Gales or Taocas.
Where to Stay: You have many choices, from boutique villas and pousadas to condo-style beach resorts to large family-friendly all-inclusives. For personalized service and distinctive Brazilian aesthetic, pousada accommodations are recommended. However, if you’re with children that will want food and activities at all hours, you may want to stay in an all-inclusive.
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