Baia do Sancho

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Baia do Sancho, Brazil
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Baia do Sancho
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The volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha off the north eastern coast of Brazil is home to many fantastic beaches. However, it is Baia do Sancho that takes the crown of, not only the finest beach on the island, but possibly the best beach in Brazil. That's pretty good going considering there are well over 2,000 other great beaches in Brazil.

What gives the beach at Baia do Sancho a head start over many on the mainland is the fact these islands are a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. With development pretty much outlawed there are only facilities for around 700 visitors at any one time on the island. Even if all these tourists were evenly divided amongst the island's 20 beaches that would make for very thin crowds. But most of Fernando de Noronha's other beaches are much easier to get to than Baia do Sancho meaning you can enjoy this pristine beach with barely another soul.

So what makes Baia do Sancho such a great beach? Well to start with the crystal clear blue water, which are encompassed within a National Marine Park, is teeming with sealife including turtles, hundreds of species of fish and dolphins. This makes it one of the premiere diving destinations in Brazil.
Visually, the beach here is stunning. The crescent of soft white sand lies at the foot of 230 feet (70 m) high rugged cliffs which are covered in lush vegetation. These cliffs are home to any number of birds which nest here and the beach is home to the highest concentration of tropical seabirds to be found on this side of the Atlantic.

As you might have guessed there isn't much in the way of facilities at Baia do Sancho, but that's not why you come here. Oh, and just a note about getting to the beach; access involves a hike along dirt tracks followed by climbing a series of rickety ladders and squeezing through an opening in the rocks. Those who have made the effort though, are in no doubt it was worth it.

Baia do Sancho Weather Info

5 Day Baia do Sancho UV Index

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Baia do Sancho tide times & sea state

Sat 24/08 »

Surf report for Sat 24/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 18mph
19:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 6:25am (1.49m)
High 1:02pm (4.34m)
Low 7:23pm (1.74m)
Daylight
First light05:50
Sunrise06:11
Sunset18:12
Dark18:33

Sun 25/08 »

Surf report for Sun 25/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
13:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 19mph
19:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 1:27am (4.15m)
Low 7:46am (1.09m)
High 2:13pm (4.84m)
Low 8:30pm (1.17m)
Daylight
First light05:50
Sunrise06:11
Sunset18:12
Dark18:33

Mon 26/08 »

Surf report for Mon 26/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 20mph
13:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
19:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
High 2:33am (4.76m)
Low 8:48am (0.50m)
High 3:08pm (5.44m)
Low 9:22pm (0.52m)
Daylight
First light05:50
Sunrise06:11
Sunset18:12
Dark18:33

Tue 27/08 »

Surf report for Tue 27/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
13:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
19:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
High 3:26am (5.42m)
Low 9:40am (-0.09m)
High 3:56pm (5.97m)
Low 10:08pm (-0.07m)
Daylight
First light05:49
Sunrise06:10
Sunset18:12
Dark18:33

Wed 28/08 »

Surf report for Wed 28/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
13:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
19:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
High 4:14am (6.02m)
Low 10:28am (-0.56m)
High 4:41pm (6.37m)
Low 10:52pm (-0.53m)
Daylight
First light05:49
Sunrise06:10
Sunset18:11
Dark18:32

Thu 29/08 »

Surf report for Thu 29/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
4:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
13:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
High 5:01am (6.47m)
Low 11:14am (-0.84m)
High 5:25pm (6.58m)
Low 11:36pm (-0.82m)
Daylight
First light05:48
Sunrise06:09
Sunset18:11
Dark18:32

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

24 °C
(75 °F)

Moderate breeze, 20.2 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

26.7°C / 80.0°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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