More than almost any country on earth, Brazil is spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. Tourists flock to places like Buzios, Praia do Forte and Porto de Galinhas to enjoy the miles of golden sands and the terrific resort hotels, but if you really want to get away from it all on your Brazil holidays, then you might not want to share your beach time with anyone else at all. Luckily, the miles and miles of coastline mean that there are plenty of places where you can get away from the crowds and relax in your very own beach paradise…
Fernando de Noronha
|Fernando de Noronha – Photo by flickr/huggy47|
In some ways Fernando isn’t exactly off the beaten track – it’s kind of a poster child for holidays in Brazil and regularly features in magazine articles and the like. However, visitor numbers here are tightly-controlled by the regional government so the islands’ World Heritage Site status is protected and with demand well outstripping supply, you can be confident that you aren’t going to be deluged by package tourists or backpackers: rightly or wrongly, they’ve been totally priced out of things. Fernando may not be the cheapest place you’ll visit on your Brazil holidays, but it’s definitely one of the best. From the glorious but deserted beaches like Praia Americano, to the picture-perfect rock formations and hills like the Morro Dois Irmaos, it’s a truly beautiful island, while the snorkelling and scuba-diving in the clear, warm waters around is some of the best in the world.
|Isla Grande – Photo by flickr/Isla Grande|
Just a few hours south of Rio, the bay of Angra dos Reis is home to dozens of tropical islands like something out of a pirate’s storybook. And if you want to live out your Johnny Depp (or Keira Knightley!) fantasies then raise the mainsail and set a course for Isla Grande – the biggest island in the bay and home to scores of tiny coves with golden sands backing onto dramatic cliffs and lush green forest. It truly is a little slice of paradise on earth, where you can stay in one of the small, rustic pousadas on the island, kick back and relax. Because you can only reach Isla Grande by ferry from the small town of Angra itself, most people just don’t bother, enjoying Brazil holidays in the Angra resorts, or perhaps in the small town of Paraty on the mainland. It’s a shame, but it does mean that you can have the beaches all to yourself, me hearties!
|Boipeba – Photo by flickr/Jorge Barahona|
The carnival city of Salvador is a favourite on Brazil holidays, and many people combine a few days in town with a visit to somewhere like Praia do Forte, just a few miles north out of the city. Alternatively, a couple of hours south of Salvador you can check out the island scene on Morro de Sao Paulo. However, both of these resorts are quite lively, so if you want to make sure your tranquility isn’t disturbed by partying Brazilians then a little further south still is the village of Boipeba. You can only get here by speedboat and it has a definite ‘end of the line’ feel to it – in a very good way. The beaches are just gorgeous and the handful of hotels are lovely, owner-run places that are just totally in keeping with the relaxed vibe of the place. All you need to do is get there!