Beach hopping in Brazil – Porto de Galinhas

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.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.

Maracaipe Beach

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 :). 

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maracaipe beach in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maracaipe beach in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maracaipe beach in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maracaipe beach in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maracaipe beach in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

Carneiros Beach

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.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Carneiros beach in Brazil.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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One of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

 

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24 Responses
  • noel
    September 18, 2016

    what a pretty church and color…looks wonderful that it is right on the beach and so picturesque, I love the imagery.

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      I’m glad you like it, Noel :).

  • Anne
    September 18, 2016

    It is definitely true that Brazil has some incredible beaches. Personally I love Trindade which is down a very water logged pothole road a little south of Paraty. Not easy to get to but totally worth it. It is stunning

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Sounds like a place I would like to visit :).

  • Megan
    September 18, 2016

    Thanks for the introduction to Porto de Galinhas – I love the look of the beautiful chapel on Carneiros beach; it’s absolutely gorgeous. I don’t know much about cities in Brazil outside of Rio, so this was a great read 🙂

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      I’m glad you liked it, Megan :).

  • travelordietrying
    September 18, 2016

    woow thank you very much for this great article with great photos😍😍😍
    Maracaipe beach is stunning !!!!

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks.

  • Vanessa
    September 18, 2016

    I looks so quiet and peaceful there!

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      I wish I could go back, Vanessa :).

  • Janna
    September 19, 2016

    Wow beautiful place indeed! You captured a part of Brazil so well. I love looking at articles with great photos like this.

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks, Janna.

  • Jenna
    September 19, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! I can definitely see why Carneiros Beach is one rated one of the best in the world–it looks amazing! Sounds like the perfect, relaxing area to spend some time. I’d love to visit!

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks, Jenna.

  • Mar Pages
    September 19, 2016

    Most beautiful is correct, your photos are stunning! Love your dress too 🙂 I’d love to pay Carneiros a visit and take some photos myself!

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thank you :).

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel
    September 19, 2016

    Oh what, what a beautiful part of the world! Bookmarking this. Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thank you, Carmen. You too.

  • Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    September 19, 2016

    Brazil is high up on my list! Great post and photos. Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks, Lauren!

  • Jim Smith
    September 23, 2016

    The beaches in my city, João Pessoa, a better with more variety. There are also boats excursions to the piscinas natural (natural swimming pools) off shore a few hundred meters. These are holes in coral reefs with abundant fish and great snorkeling. The resy of the city has many other attractions too. That’s why it is very popular vacation spot for Brazilians.

    • Hidden Gems
      September 24, 2016

      Thanks for the tip, Jim.

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