Salvador and the Bahia Coast Feature


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 weekends.

Beaches in Bahia, as in most of Brazil, tend not to have facilities like bathrooms or showers.

Pickpocketing and minor theft can be a problem. Bring as few items to the beach as possible, and just enough money for the day. Be cautious about leaving anything unattended.

Vendors, especially in Salvador, had a reputation for being overly persistent, but this is something that has changed considerably and you should now find that you can shop in peace.

Larger cities such as Salvador, Ilhéus, and Porto Seguro have quick and comfortable public transportation to beaches, like the ônibus executivo (executive bus; a minibus or van, usually labeled "roteiro das praias").

Be careful when entering the water for the first time—a few steps in can put you in deep waters.

Be aware of rock outcroppings and coral reefs that can cut your feet.

If you plan to snorkel, bring your own gear. Rentals are not always available.

Food and drink are available at almost every beach, except those you have to hike to. However, if you're squeamish about eating food from a beach vendor, bring your own.

Updated: 2013-09-17

View all features


Trip Finder

Fodor's Brazil 2014

View Details
Travel Deals