Salvador and the Bahia Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Salvador and the Bahia Coast Vacation

In "the land of happiness," as the state of Bahia is known, the sun shines almost every day. Its Atlantic Ocean shoreline runs for 900 kilometers (560 miles), creating beautiful white-sand beaches lined with coconut palms. Inland is Parque Nacional da Chapada Diamantina (Chapada Diamantina National Park), with 152,000 hectares (375,000 acres) of mountains, waterfalls, caves, natural swimming pools, and hiking trails. And in Bahia's capital, Salvador, the beat of bongo drums echoing through the narrow cobblestone streets is a rhythmic reminder of Brazil's African heritage.

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Salvador and the Bahia Coast Hotels

Lodging options in Salvador range from modern high-rises with an international clientele and world-class service to cozy,... read more

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Salvador and the Bahia Coast Restaurants

The laid-back lifestyle of Bahians is reflected in their food. While breakfast in Brazil is traditionally a minor meal, even... read more

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Salvador and the Bahia Coast Experiences

  • Afro-Brazilian Heritage

    Of all of Brazil's states, Bahia has the strongest links with its African heritage. There are few other countries with such a symphony of... Read more

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Soak Up the Sun: Warm waters year-round and a continuous lineup of beautiful beaches from south to north make Bahia one of the... Read more

  • A Bit of History

    Portuguese navigator and explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral's first sight of Brazil—on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1500—was an isolated... Read more

  • Carnival in Salvador: Brazil's Wildest Party

    Jostling for first place beside Rio and Recife, Salvador is one of Brazil's Carnival kings. While it may have a reputation for being the... Read more

  • Capoeira: The Fight Dance

    Dance and martial arts in one, capoeira is purely Brazilian. The early days of slavery often saw fights between Africans from rival... Read more

  • Beach Savvy

    As a rule, the farther away from the downtown area, the better the beach in terms of water cleanliness and number of people, especially on... Read more

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