Top Brazil Beaches

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  • Praia da Cacimba do Padre // Fernando de Noronha

    Praia da Cacimba do Padre
    Rogério Lemos Muniz

    The foremost beach for surfing on the island of Fernando de Noronha, Praia da Cacimba do Padre is said to have some of the best breaks on all of Brazil's expansive coastline. Also known as Praia da Quixaba, it is one of the island's biggest beaches.

    Boasting white sands and views towards the hills known as Morros Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers islets), the surfing season lasts from December through to March,… read more »

  • Baía dos Porcos // Fernando de Noronha

    Baía dos Porcos
    Hans von Manteuffel

    Little more than a cove, Baia dos Porcos is one of the smallest named beaches in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, stretching for just a few tens of metres. Surrounded by black rocks of volcanic origin, the bay is only reachable at low time, by crossing a promontory from Praia Cacimba do Padre.

    As well as gorgeous views of the Morros Dois Irmãos, or Two Brothers islets, the waters of… read more »

  • Praia do Meio // Fernando de Noronha

    Praia do Meio
    Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

    Situated on a curving area of coast that forms an enclosed bay on the north of Fernando de Noronha, Praia do Meio is a popular swimming and surfing beach, with waves large enough to make it worthwhile bringing a board, but small enough to allow for pleasant bathing and messing about in the surf.

    Meaning "Middle Beach" as it sits between Cachorro and Conceicao beaches, Praia do Meio can get crowded,… read more »

  • Baía do Sueste // Fernando de Noronha

    Baía do Sueste
    Adelano Lázaro

    Found on the southeast coast of Fernando de Noronha, Baia do Sueste is an excellent all-round beach should you be travelling in a group with widely varying tastes. The clean soft sands will please anyone of any age thanks to the general family vibe, while those seeking out a day of fun in the sun will be happy with the ability to rent a locker for their excess possessions, as… read more »

  • Pôrto de Galinhas // Pernambuco

    Pôrto de Galinhas

    Losing a little of its mysticism in translating Pôrto de Galinhas into Port of Chickens, this beach in the town of Ipojuca, in Pernambuco state, is nonetheless an excellent option for anyone seeking some Brazilian rest and relaxation.

    Located around 60 kilometres south of Recife, the state capital, Porto de Galinhas has been chosen as Brazil's best beach a staggering eight times in eight by the readers of one of the… read more »

  • Praia Mole // Santa Catarina

    Praia Mole
    © Papa Pic

    Praia Mole, or Mole Beach, is situated in Santa Catarina state, on a thin strip of land separated from the city of Florianopolis by the Lagoa de Conceição. Just short of a kilometre in length, the beach shifts in width between 10 and 100 metres.

    Long, peeling waves attract the region's surfers, who are able to enjoy both left and right hand breaks which can handle a pretty chunky swell. Praia… read more »

  • Praia da Galheta // Santa Catarina

    Praia da Galheta
    © Papa Pic

    The arched white sands of Praia da Galheta can be found roughly 20 kilometres from the centre of Florianopolis on Santa Catarina island. Hidden from the road by a ridge of steep hills covered in foliage and wild orchids, its fine sands are accessed via a short trail that leads from the northern end of Praia Mole.

    One of the areas more natural beaches, without restaurants or other facilities, Praia… read more »

  • Arpoador Beach // Rio de Janeiro

    Arpoador Beach
    Rodrigo Soldon

    Arpoador Beach can be found in Rio de Janeiro's southern zone, on a small peninsula between the much more famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Meaning ‘harpoon thrower', its eastern end forms a spit of land that juts out into the waves.

    It's this spit that makes Arpoador Beach one of the best surfing spots in Rio, and the host of several surfing competitions each year. Its outcrops… read more »

  • Massarandupió // Bahia

    © Arsenio Correia Coelho

    Massarandupió Beach comprises one of the most famous naturist beaches in Bahia state, although there are also areas where clothing is permitted. Located in Entre Rios municipality, its relatively narrow band of golden sand on the Atlantic Ocean is bolstered by a length of around two kilometres (1.5 miles).

    The absence of nearby buildings means the beach is not overlooked, but instead has attractive inland vistas of tall coconut palms… read more »

  • Tambaba // Paiariba

    Otávio Nogueira

    One of a number of official nudist beaches in Brazil, Tambaba nonetheless has parts of its length where clothing is required as well as the main family area where beachgoers must go nude. It is located approximately 20 kilometres south of the port city of João Pessoa, and stretches for around one kilometre.

    Its golden sands are loved by children looking to play on them and those looking to top… read more »

  • Praia de Abricó // Rio de Janeiro

    Praia de Abricó
    Filipo Tardim

    Praia de Abricó is a nudist beach in the western Grumari neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, and is the city's only beach to allow naturists. Facing small islands just offshore, the beach has a broad expanse of light-coloured sands frequently used by families resident in the area. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere as a result.

    Its sands are edged by large boulders which continue in places into the… read more »

  • Olho de Boi // Rio de Janeiro

    Olho de Boi
    Rodrigo Soldon

    Positioned on the western side of a tiny cove shaped like a "V", Olho de Boi is an official nudist beach on a promontory of land outside of the resort town of Armação dos Búzois. It is accessible only by water taxi or on foot via a jungle path of around 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) in length. The name of the beach translates literally to 'eye of the bull',… read more »

  • Praia Brava (Cabo Frio) // Rio de Janeiro

    Praia Brava (Cabo Frio)
    Rodrigo Soldon
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  • Praia Brava (Trindade) // Rio de Janeiro

    Praia Brava (Trindade)
    Tomás R M de Paula
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