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, and South American cities go to escape and chill out. Here’s our South America Cruise Guide: Brazilian Beach Resort Towns for Jericoacoara!
Affectionately nicknamed “Jeri,” this hippie-styled former fishing village is popular with kitesurfers, beach bums and city dwellers looking for a party getaway. It takes a real commitment to get here, as the roads for the last hour are unpaved and require a 4×4 offroad vehicle to navigate. (Although some very hardcore/brave Brazilian busses will also make the journey.) While Americans would immediately disqualify a resort for requiring such a bumpy ride, Brazilians like it better because they feel the challenging journey keeps Jeri from getting too over-developed and touristy. Make no mistake; it still gets plenty of visitors, just not the timeshare type.
There are ocean and lake shores around the Jeri area. The ocean beach fronting town can get very crowded with sunbathers and kite-surfers and tiny boats. There are beach clubs and beach bars galore—oftentimes a few venues will bring in live music, lending to the party vibe. People who want a more tranquil atmosphere often go over to the lagoon or hike up Sunset Dune.
What to Do: Take a sand buggy tour or try sand boarding on Sunset Dune. Stand-up paddleboard in the bay, or kayak through the mangroves of Mangue Seco, 20 minutes from Jeri village. At night, there are plenty of bars and beach parties going—just follow your ears!
Where to Stay: Don’t look for deluxe highrises by international brands here. A cozy pousada (B&B inn) offers local charm and basic amenities even at a low price point. Even the budget posadas usually offer air conditioning and in-room television, with tropical gardens outside and perhaps ocean views. Nicer ones also have Jacuzzi, swimming pool, game rooms and other amenities.
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