The Northeast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alto da Sé

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

This is the most scenic spot for soaking up Olinda's views of Recife and the ocean, particularly during sunset. It's also a good place...

Arquivo Judaico de Pernambuco

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

In Recife Antigo, on the site of the America's first synagogue, this excellent museum offers insight into the history and culture of...

Barra de Cunhaú

  • Beach–Sight

An idyllic paradise off the beaten track, this beach is blessed with white sands, turquoise waters, and a handful of small bars and restaurants...

Basílica de São Bento

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The main chapel of the Basílica de São Bento, a Benedictine monastery, is Olinda's richest church and considered to be one of Brazil's...

Baía do Sancho

  • Beach–Sight

Surrounded by cliffs draped in lush green vegetation, Baía do Sancho is breathtakingly beautiful. Its crystal clear waters shift in...

Baía dos Porcos

  • Beach–Sight

The best showcase for the island's stunning natural beauty, the "Bay of Pigs" is a literal paradise tucked away on the north ridge of...

Beach Park Acqua Center

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Just 30 minutes from downtown on the idyllic Porto das Dunas Beach is this enormous water park. A 14-story-high waterslide dumps you...

Boa Viagem

  • Beach–Sight

Coconut palms line Recife's most popular beach, the 9-km-long (4-mile-long) Praia da Boa Viagem. A steady Atlantic breeze tames the hot...

Búzios Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This beach is endowed with great natural beauty yet does not usually draw many visitors. On the left side of the beach, the barrier reef...

Cabo de Santo Agostinho

  • Beach–Sight

Some of Pernambuco's finest beaches are clustered around the small town of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, 35 km (22 miles) south of the city.