Fodor's Expert Review Praia de Algodões
The Marau Peninsula Beach Fodor's Choice
This breathtaking beach is said to earn its name from the cresting waves that look like balls of cotton—algodão means cotton in Portuguese. Aside from a handful of sophisticated beachfront restaurants, you'll find the long curved bay all but deserted. Amenities: food and drink; parking (free); toilets. Best for:surfing; swimming; walking.