Beaches of Brazil
1- Baía do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha
In TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards, the beach at Baía do Sancho has been named the most beautiful beach in the world several times, including again in 2017, so naturally it tops this list of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches. Particularly impressive is the location of this remote paradise: On the one hand, the island of Fernando de Noronha, where the dream beach can be found, is located several hundred kilometers away from the Brazilian mainland, so per se it is already difficult to reach. But the footpath to the beach leads over dusty paths, wooden footbridges and through a narrow gorge, which you have to overcome before you can enjoy the beauty. From several viewing platforms you can see the Atlantic beach jewel from above, but if you want to experience the complete experience, you have to go through the hardships and descend the steep cliff surrounding the beach. Refreshment in the cool waters of the Atlantic will reward any efforts. The other beaches of the archipelago should not be missed either, especially Praia da Conceição at the foot of the all-trumping Morro do Pico and Praia do Leão.
2- Copacabana, Río de Janeiro
How could it be otherwise? Copacabana is probably the most famous beach in the world, so it has to follow directly after the most beautiful beach in the world in this list. But if you think of loneliness and tranquility, you are wrong here. The kilometer-long, winding beach is busy at all times of the day – during the day it is bustling with sun-hungry bathers, in the evening soccer is played on the sand and at night it is a popular meeting place for partying and drinking. Behind the beach promenade runs an amusement mile with restaurants, clubs and hotels, so that every visitor gets his money’s worth, depending on his mood.
3- Praias de Jericoacoara
Situated behind huge sand dunes lies the small village of Jericoacoara on the north coast of Brazil. The dunes, the beaches, even the streets are made of fine-grained, white-gold sand, which makes you feel like you’re in a somewhat backward world – but that’s exactly the charm. Kite- and windsurfers are particularly fond of the region, as there are usually very strong winds from July to January, but the very hip sport of sandboarding can also be practiced inland on the high sand dunes. Similar to the Lençois Maranhenses a little further in the northwest of Brazil, the small freshwater lakes that form in the dune landscape due to an impermeable layer of clay are also a special attraction.
4- Praia de Fora, Ilha do Mel
An island without cars in the southeast of Brazil – that is Ilha do Mel in the bay of Paranaguá. If you want to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the larger Brazilian cities and sights, this is the place to be. From the Farol de Conchas, the island’s lighthouse, you have an incredible view of the bays, especially the small Baía de Fora. The best time to enjoy the breathtaking view is at sunset. The other beaches of the island are also highlights, which should actually also make it into this list.
5- Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande
Lopes Mendes beach is located in the southeast of the Big Island, which means Ilha Grande in English. Probably the most famous island in the country, it’s not too far from Río de Janeiro, which is why many Cariocas (Río residents) head for it as a popular destination. The beach itself is on the open side facing the Atlantic Ocean, so the surf can be very strong at times. This is especially appreciated by surfers. It is undeveloped and therefore can only be reached on foot via a hiking trail from Vila do Abraão, which leads past other beaches (Praia Palmas and Praia Pouso) for two hours. Alternatively, if the waves are calmer, you can rent a small boat or join a tour on an excursion boat.
6- Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, Arraial do Cabo
The beaches of Arraial do Cabo, located on a cape about 150 kilometers east of Río de Janeiro, are honestly all quite beautiful. But some of them are also quite crowded, especially in the high season and around Carnival. Then it is better to walk to the two small Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, which are best reached by a small up-and-down path (but you can also take a cab). On the right edge of the beaches is the Gruta do Amor, which couples should enter together, as the short stay in the grotto promises – according to legend – eternal love. Praia do Farol on the offshore Isla do Cabo Frío is also a highlight, as it can only be reached by boat or ship.
7- Praia dos Carneiros, Tamandaré
In English the name means beach of the sheep – where the name comes from, we can’t explain. The only animals you can see there are probably the fish in the water. However, there are natural pools and the coconut trees, typical for a dream beach, which have grown from the land diagonally over the mostly calm water – much better than sheep! A trip to the nearby mangrove forests is also recommended.
8- Quarta Praia, Morro de São Paulo
Morro de São Paulo is still an insider tip in Brazil. The place is located on the Isla de Tinharé, where no motor vehicles are allowed, which promises you a lot of peace and quiet here. The quietest of the numbered beaches on the island is the fourth – Quarta Praia. The white shining beaches are lined with strong green coconut palms, the clear water there is turquoise-blue. Simply paradise!
9- Praia de Pipa
The beautiful red cliffs on Brazil’s northeast coast are especially beautiful at Praia de Pipa. In front of them stretch miles of sandy beaches that are unparalleled in the region. Add to that tropical flora and fauna, impressive sand dunes and wonderful lagoons in the area, and a visit to Praia de Pipa is almost obligatory. At night there is also a lot to do: Restaurants, bars and clubs attract people to the center of the village, where people often party until early in the morning, and not only on weekends.
10- Lagoinha do Leste, Florianópolis, Isla de Santa Catarina
Accessible only by footpath (and sometimes by boat on calm days), Lagoinha do Leste is the most natural and secluded of the 40 or so beaches on Isla de Santa Catalina, on which the neighborhoods of Florianópolis spread out. From one of the two neighboring beaches (Pântano do Sul, 2-3 km, about 2 hours, or Praia do Matadeiro, 4-5 km, about 3 hours) you can reach the pristine and secluded Lagoinha do Leste, named after the freshwater lagoon that formed between the green covered hills and the turquoise sea. For the strenuous hike, please do not forget: Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, provisions and lots of water!