So where are the best beaches in Brazil? The Brazilians love to argue about it. Having spent over a month exploring Brazil’s coast last year, here’s my opinion.
On the whole, following my extended trip last year, I was a little disappointed by the beaches in Brazil. Panama, Colombia and Venezuela all have much smaller coastlines yet much more beautiful beaches. None the less, Brazil does have some great beaches - you just have to pick the right places to visit.
I think the most beautiful beaches I found were at Fernando de Noronha, a small island a short flight from Natal. It’s quite an exclusive island, rather expensive, but it does have some lovely, uncrowded beaches.
Fernando de Noronha
Other beautiful beaches can be found near Florianopolis, on the island of Santa Catalina in the South of Brazil. From May to August it’s the winter down there though, and too cold for a typical beach vacation. Santa Catalina Island very popular with surfers, and it’s quite a trendy place to hang out, with great nightlife.
Florianopolis, Santa Catalina Island.
Ilha Grande also has some great beaches, as does much of the Costa Verde near Rio. Rio de Janeiro’s itself has some of Brazil’s best city beaches.
Brazil’s beaches - Rio de Janeiro
So above I’ve mentioned some of the best of Brazil’s beaches. There are plenty of other destinations you could consider in addition. Itacare and Trancoso are town up and coming trendy resorts on the coast between Rio and Salvador. Around Salvador, there’s plenty of resorts, including the island of Morro de Sao Paulo, which I found to be a little over-rated. Further North, there’s plenty more opportunities near Fortaleza and Jericoacoara, but my one enduring thought about the beaches in Brazil (at least on the mainland), is that’s it’s a shame the water is a little murky. The beaches are lovely, but the sea isn’t as crystalline as many other places in Latin America.