With its beautiful beaches, natural pools, good food, and friendly people, Porto de Galinhas is one of the most beautiful off the beaten path places that we’ve seen in Brazil.
I loved the Brazilian atmosphere from the beginning when we crossed the border from Bolivia. Our first discovery was breathtaking Iguazu Falls, then a number of beach destinations like Ubatuba and Ilha Grande. We continued with Paraty, the most vibrant colonial town, and fascinating Rio de Janeiro. I was already in love with Brazil when we reached Porto de Galinhas etc.
Our hotel was about five minutes from Maracaipe Beach and we sunbathe pretty much every day. Although the town was quite busy – being a popular holiday destination for Brazilians – we weren’t bothered. People watching is one of our favorite activities, so each day we had a similar schedule: mornings by the beach, sun break in the afternoon for lunch, sunset on the beach and surfers watching, dinner, and more people watching :). You must think that we are freaks staring at people on our holidays. Well, I guess we are a bit :).
Carneiros beach is 60km away from Porto de Galinhas, and it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches not just in Brazil, but in the world.
We took a package that included the transportation to the beach and a boat tour. Although we prefer to skip tours as much as possible, sometimes we just enjoy having everything organized for us. The day was pleasant, we loved the beach, the boat tour was interesting, and we finished with lunch – I had the best pineapple salad ever, really – and a photo shoot by the beautiful chapel on the beach.
Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.
How and Where to:
How to get there: We took a bus from the airport in Recife directly to Porto de Galinhas. I can’t remember the exact company, but if you ask at the airport you should be able to get all the info.
Where to stay: We had a pleasant stay at Suites Cariocas, situated not far from the beach.
Where to eat: We loved Estrela da Manha. Their juices are good value and really tasty. We also loved the restaurant on Carneiros beach called Mustako. If you go, try the salad a moda da Casa – it is epic!
Tours: There are plenty agencies that offer similar services for the price. Our tour was 50 reals per person (February 2016) and included: shuttle transfer + excursion on the boat to see natural pools and argyle treatment.
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