A river runs down to the ocean at this long, wide, pristine beach lined with coconut palms, where the beachfront snack bars provide the perfect turf for watching the surfers and kite-surfers. The Santa Maria/Catuense bus company operates six buses here daily. Amenities: food and drink, parking, toilets. Best for: surfing, walking, kite-surfing.
41 km (25 miles) north of Salvador, 42833–000, Brazil