1. Baía dos Porcos, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco
The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, 350Km off the coast of north-east Brazil, has a whole list of beaches and bays with crystal clear waters. There are many we could recommend: Sancho Bay, Cacimba do Padre, Do Meio and Conceição beaches to name just a few.
2. Lopes Mendes, Rio de Janeiro
Down at the Copacabana there’ll be beach volleyball, and quite probably not much space to stretch out. If you want to find a slightly quieter beach, it would be waste not to come all this way and not explore the Rio coast. To reach Lopes Mendes, you’ll need to hire a car or get the bus from Rio to the city of Angra dos Reis then take the ferry to Ilha Grande. It still requires another ferry, a taxi-boat and a walk, but it’s worth it.
3. Galés, Maragogi, Alagoas
Maragogi in the north-eastern state of Alagoas is sometimes called the Brazilian Caribbean. Across the Manguaba River into Porto das Pedras, any crowds thin out and you can discover tropical beaches like Galés, with such wonders as coral reefs, clear turquoise water and natural pools.
4. Praia de Jericoacoara, Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará
Until about 20 years ago, Jericoacoara was still a fishing village. While it still retains a secluded, simple air, the secret is out among beach-hunters and so it is an in-the-know mecca for beach bums and backpackers… and kitesurfers.
5. Praia do Forno, Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro state has some amazing beach resorts which are a good option for a weekend out of Rio itself. While Brigitte Bardot put next-door Búzios on the map, Arraial do Cabo is less discovered. One of its gems is Praia do Forno, backed by forest-clad hills.
6. Segunda praia, Morro de São Paulo, Cairú, Bahia
An absolutely different world from host city and state capital Salvador, the Ilha de Tinharé is offers a getaway to a tropical paradise. The island’s main resorts, Morro de Sao Paulo can get touristy, but you should find a beach to suityour tastes.
7. Praia do Espelho, Trancoso, Bahia
On the beautiful Bahian coast, Praia Mirror just has to go on the list. No wonder it is called the Beach Mirror: the clear waters reflect the beauty of the place.
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