When Brazil comes to mind your thoughts probably fly straight to Copacabana. Of course, Rio de Janeiro is the number one destination in the country with that postcard atmosphere. But I bet you would love to discover that there are more incredible destinations for sun and beach tourism from one end of the country to the other.
Secluded or urban beaches, desert or popular, freshwater or saltwater, the country offers destinations for all tastes. The different landscapes, the color of the water, the sand texture and rocking of the waves make each beach unique, being impossible to visit only one.
If you are the kind of person who likes to dive, swim or just sit back and relax here’s a few places you can include in your itinerary to know the most incredible beaches in Brazil.
Obviously, Rio de Janeiro would start this list. With incredible beaches inside the urban life of the capital like Copacabana, Ipanema, Arpoador and Leblon, the state has a lot to offer when it comes to sun and beach destinations.
The most beautiful – and excellent for diving – beaches lies in Sun Coast: Arraial do Cabo, Armação dos Búzios, Cabo Frio and others.
Known as Green Coast, the area of Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande and Paraty combines amazing green-watered beaches with mountains and tranquility.
São Paulo is famous for its urbe but you’d be glad to know that it has an incredible coast. From Ubatuba, Guarujá and Ilhabela to Santos, there are 15 oceanic beaches and 9 river beaches in the state.
Known as the Brazilian Caribbean, the Northeast region has the most clear-watered with whiter sand beaches. There you can surf, eat incredible seafood, dive or enjoy a relaxing day at the beach watching the hours go by.
The most famous beaches in the Northeast region of Brazil are Carneiros, Porto de Galinhas, Coroa do Avião, Boa Viagem, Maracaípe and Fernando de Noronha in Pernambuco; Península de Maraú, Taipu de Fora, Trancoso, Boipeba, Morro de São Paulo, Ilhéus, Porto Seguro, Arraial d’Ajuda, Moreré and Havaizinho in Bahia; Genipabu, Baía Formosa, Galinhos, Praia do Madeiro, Praia do Amor, São Miguel do Gostoso and Pipa in Rio Grande do Norte; Praia do Francês, Maragogi, Carro Quebrado, Praia do Gunga and Praia de Antunes in Alagoas; Mundaú, Fortaleza, Jericoacoara, Morro Branco, Lagoinha and Canoa Quebrada in Ceará; Coqueirinho, Tabatinga and Praia de Tambaba in Paraíba.
You can also visit the spectacular Lençóis in Maranhão.
The North region of Brazil has beautiful freshwater beaches.
Known as the Amazon Caribbean, Alter do Chão in Pará is breathtaking. The state has also Ilha do Amor (Mosqueiro), Ponta do Cururu and Ilha do Marajó in the list of unmissable destinations for those who love exotic river beaches.
Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, the heart of Amazon Forest also has incredible freshwater beaches as Praia do Tupé and Ponta Negra.
Along with Cassino Beach and Chuí Bar, Hermenegildo Beach make up the longest beach in the world. With over 240 km in length, the beach is a must see when visiting the coast of Rio Grande do Sul. There are also São Lourenço do Sul, Torres and Tramandaí.
The highlights of Santa Catarina are Praia do Rosa, Garopaba, Guarda do Embaú, Florianópolis and Balneário Camboriú.