Last Updated on February 14, 2020
Everybody knows that Brazil has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And it comes as no surprise considering that the country has an extensive coastline with over 4,600 miles and a privileged location (between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator) that makes its climate extremely pleasant all year round.
The fact that Brazil has such a long coastline means that there are many different types of beaches that can appeal to all kinds of travelers. This article aims to explore precisely this diversity by showing you all the unique and unbelievable wonders that Brazil has to offer.
Book a flight ticket to Brazil for your next vacation and enjoy yourself in some of the most beautiful places in the world you can visit. The following list will give you a couple of ideas for your itinerary – that is why we divided them by city. Don’t forget to create a playlist full of bossa nova and samba to start getting into the Brazilian spirit.
Oh, and put a travel pillow in your backpack to help you survive the long-haul flight to Brazil!
1. Rio de Janeiro
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Rio has two of the most popular beaches in the world: Copacabana and Ipanema. So, if you are visiting Rio during the high season you have to be prepared to find a huge crowd sunbathing in both these places (you might even struggle to find a spot for your beach towel).
It is truly fascinating if you consider that Copacabana beach has more than 2.5 miles of sand. It also offers a wide range of sports activities and the city has great hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Remember that the city of Rio de Janeiro is not exactly known to be the safest place in the world for tourists – so take all the necessary precautions to avoid major problems.
Ipanema beach became worldwide famous thanks to the magnificent song “The Girl From Ipanema” –written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraisin 1962 that won a Grammy three years later (the English version was written by Norman Gimbel).
You probably know this entire song by heart because you have heard it a thousand times through the voice of Mr. Frank Sinatra:
“Oh, but I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her I love her
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day as she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at me
Tall and tan and young and lovely
The Ipanema beach is located in the rich part of the city and just like the Copacabana beach, it also offers all kinds of activities to its visitors. These beaches are great for travelers who enjoy urban beaches, nightlife, and meeting new people.
Lastly,Ilha Grande is a place that will certainly appeal to adventurous travelers. It is a small island located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with lots of hiking trails, waterfalls, and secluded beaches. It is perfect if you want to explore a remote location and get away from the crowds of Rio.
The state of Bahia also has many amazing beaches. So if you really like to enjoy the beach and you are thinking of visiting Rio de Janeiro, a quick plane trip to Bahia might be worth considering.
Located in Salvador, the capital city of Bahia, Porto da Barra is one of the region’s most popular beaches. It manages to capture in its essence all the historical interest of the city (you can see the 16th-century forts from the beach) and the sunset is pretty great!
Around the beach, there are excellent restaurants and a very famous typical fish market. Salvador is a great option for travelers who like to visit historical cities while at the same time having at their disposal amenities such as nice hotels and restaurants.
On the other hand, if you are more into the natural wonders of the world, Bahia might also be of interest. Taipus de Fora, Caraiva, Ilha de Tinhare, and Praia do Espelho are all very similar and equally great beaches!
These are less crowded places near fishing villages that that at the same time are used to accommodate tourists and offer them a wide range of activities such as surf, snorkeling, and diving. None of them will let you down.
Further north, in the state of Pernambuco, we have the city of Recife which also has some amazing beaches.
Praia dos Carneiros is the typical paradisiac beach with white sand, palm trees, and blue water. You won’t find many people in this specific beach because it is privately owned, so make sure you carry extra money with you to pay the entrance fee. This makes it the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries.
On the opposite side of Recife (to the south) is located the Porto de Galinhas beach. It is a well-known tourist destination famous for its crystal-clear water and natural pools.
It is great for swimming and snorkeling. It is completely different from the Praia dos Carneiros, so if you can spend a couple of days on either side of Recife to appreciate both these beaches.
Florianopolis is the largest city in the state of Santa Catarina, with almost 500 thousand inhabitants and over 60 beaches.
It is essentially a conglomerate of small islands, the main Santa Catarina Island, and a small part of the mainland. The region is known for its incredible natural landscapes, spectacular beaches, and wild nightlife.
We decided to highlight the Praia do Campeche because of its amazing scenery. The contrast between its blue, clear waters and the dense green vegetation makes all the colors stand out and become more vivid. Everywhere you look you feel like you could take a photograph worthy of being used as a postcard!
5. Rio Grande do Norte
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The state of Rio Grande do Norte also has places for everyone. In the city of Natal there are amazing resorts with private beaches that are perfect for travelers who just want to sunbathe without having to worry about a thing.
On the outskirts of the city, there is also the picturesque Praia da Pipa, a beach located near a fishing village that has managed to stay off the tourist radar and offers the perfect combination between beach and green nature.