Salvador and the Bahia Coast

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  • 1. Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos


    One of the best scuba-diving spots in Brazil, Marinho de Abrolhos marine reserve, 856 km (532 miles) south of Salvador, was created to protect...Read More

  • 2. Ponta de Mutá


    Make for one of the beach bars that line the sand to watch Barra Grande's legendary sunset. The calm waters also make this a good choice for...Read More

  • 3. Ponta dos Castelhanos

    Boipepa | Beach

    Named in honor of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast in 1535, this postcard-perfect deserted beach fringed in coconut palms offers good...Read More

  • 4. Praia de Algodões


    This breathtaking beach is said to earn its name from the cresting waves that look like balls of cotton— algodão means cotton in Portuguese...Read More

  • 5. Barra do Jacuípe


    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...Read More

  • 6. Boca da Barra

    Boipepa | Beach

    The closest beach to Boipeba's small town, Velha Boipeba, is also the island's busiest, dotted with pousadas and beachfront restaurants serving...Read More

  • 7. Guarajuba


    With palm trees and calm waters banked by a reef, this is the nicest beach of them all, preferable to the bustle of Praia do Forte's main beach...Read More

  • 8. Moreré

    Boipepa | Beach

    Those looking to fall even farther off the grid should head straight for Moreré, Boipeba’s second village, set on the beach and accessible only...Read More

  • 9. Papa Gente

    Praia do Forte | Beach

    Swim or snorkel in the crystal clear (and safe) waters of the Papa Gente, a 3-meter- (10-foot-) deep natural pool formed by reefs at the ocean...Read More

  • 10. Praia Corsário

    Jardim Pituaçu | Beach

    One of the nicest beaches along Avenida Oceánica is Praia Corsário, a long stretch packed on weekends with a younger crowd. Strong waves make...Read More

  • 11. Praia da Cueira

    Boipepa | Beach

    A 40-minute walk along the sand from Boca da Barra, following the jungle track after Praia Tassimirim, is the immense curved Bay of Cueira,...Read More

  • 12. Praia de Bainema

    Boipepa | Beach

    A 20-minute walk along a lovely trail that winds between the forest and the beach from Moreré, this deserted beach’s long stretch of golden...Read More

  • 13. Praia de Pitanga


    While often busy, the calm, warm waters at this long beach framed in multicolored cliffs make it a winner with families, while the many beach...Read More

  • 14. Praia de Taípe


    A two-hour walk along the sand from the center of town (or 20 minutes by car) takes you to Arraial's most deserted beach, framed in dusky pink...Read More

  • 15. Praia do Flamengo

    Stella Maris | Beach

    Clean sand, simple kiosks, and a beautiful view make this long stretch of golden sand a favorite among good-looking locals and surfers drawn...Read More

  • 16. Praia do Mucugê


    Arraial d'Ajuda's main beach is best avoided by those looking for a peaceful escape into nature: always crowded and sometimes dirty, this is...Read More

  • 17. Praia do Porto da Barra

    Barra | Beach

    This popular beach in Barra draws a wide variety of sunseekers from across the city and is a convenient option if you're staying in the hotel...Read More

  • 18. Praia Itapuã

    Itapuã | Beach

    Frequented by the artists who live in the neighborhood, the Itapuã Beach has an eclectic atmosphere. There are food kiosks—including Acarajé...Read More

  • 19. Praia Stella Maris

    Stella Maris | Beach

    One of the northernmost beaches in the Salvador municipality, Praia Stella Maris's long stretch of sand is ever-popular with families in spite...Read More

  • 20. Salvador Bus


    Double-decker tour buses run by Salvador Bus travel around the Upper and Lower Cities and to the beaches. There are two different routes: one...Read More

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