Brazil is as appealing as it is enormous. Its size and abundance make it difficult to decide where to start in this charming territory. The forests, the waterfalls, the desert, the beach, the lakes, the mountains, the rivers… you can find everything in one country! To be honest, it can be a little overwhelming when choosing where to go and what to do. Regarding practical information for travelers who want to visit Brazil, we’ve decided to start with the first thing that usually comes to your mind when you think about traveling to a tropical Southamerican destination: the beach. Even choosing a single category, Brazil presents so many possibilities, that you can easily get lost in an ocean of stunning postcards that you’d like to make real. 

That’s why we want to guide you through a variety of our favorite beach destinations in the country. Handpicked, north to south, here goes the selection (though it wasn’t easy) and hopefully you’ll have the chance to visit some of Brazil’s most attractive litoral spots combined with stunning luxury accommodations.


If you’ve seen that postcard of colorful hammocks hanging on the beach above the clear ocean water in an unbelievable paradise, that’s Jericoacoara, often referred to simply as “Jeri”. It’s located in the northeastern part of Brazil and known for its breathtaking natural beauty, pristine beaches, and the unique dune landscapes of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Once a quiet fishing village, and now transformed into a coveted destination, Jeri has been lucky to keep its charm quite intact, because a paved road was never built and it is only possible to get there by jeeps or buggies through the 20 kilometers of dunes.

What to do

– Start with the village! To feel the vibe and match it, take a leisurely walk through the cobblestone streets, browse local shops, and interact with friendly locals. You’ll see that despite its popularity, Jericoacoara has managed to maintain a rustic and laid-back atmosphere. 

– Embark on an adventurous dune buggy tour that will take you through the stunning landscapes of the Lençóis around Jericoacoara. You’ll get the chance to ride up and down massive sand dunes, explore hidden lagoons, and even try sandboarding.

– One of the most iconic activities in Jericoacoara is watching the sunset from the Dune of Por do Sol. The panoramic views of the sun sinking into the ocean are simply breathtaking.

– Two amazing turquoise lagoons, surrounded by white sand and lush vegetation, offer a relaxing escape. In the Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Paraíso you can swim, lounge in hammocks, and even try water sports like stand-up paddleboarding.

– Jericoacoara is a hotspot for water sports enthusiasts, especially kiteboarding and windsurfing. The consistent winds and calm waters make it an ideal place for both beginners and experienced riders.

– Don’t miss the pleasures of Brazilian and international cuisine at Jericoacoara’s various restaurants and eateries. Fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and regional specialties are among the highlights of the local gastronomy.

Of course, spending time on Jericoacoara beach is a must. Relax under the sun, swim in the clear waters, and enjoy the beachside bars and restaurants.

Where to stay

Essenza Hotel: This boutique hotel offers stunning views of the ocean and easy access to the beach. It features stylish rooms, a spa, an infinity pool, and a restaurant serving delicious local and international cuisine.

Casa na Praia: For a more private and exclusive experience, Casa na Praia offers luxurious beachfront villas with private pools. The villa’s design blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings, providing a tranquil and indulgent retreat.

Chili Beach: With only six rooms, this property offers direct access to Praia da Malhada, a gorgeous swimming pool with ocean views and beach cabanas to make your stay heavenly. Their restaurant, bar and lounge areas offer gourmet meals to enjoy along with the most amazing views.

Choose your personal favorite luxury accommodation in Jericoacoara to design a comfortable and lavish stay. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, you now know that it’s all possible in Jericoacoara combining its natural wonders with upscale amenities.

Fernando de Noronha

Some land miles to the south, and some other nautical miles to the east, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, you’ll find an exotic volcanic archipelago home to some of the most beautiful and renowned beaches of Brazil. The Fernando de Noronha National Park is a group of 21 islands that will greet you with their lush greenery and crystal-clear waters. You should know that Fernando de Noronha is a protected site committed to preserving its pristine environment, so your luxury trip can also be an eco-friendly one, as many accommodations and tour operators prioritize sustainability and responsible tourism.

What to do

– The true allure of Fernando de Noronha lies in its pristine beaches and natural wonders. Make sure you enjoy them as much as you can. Baía do Sancho consistently ranks among the world’s best beaches. Accessible via a wooden staircase through a natural tunnel, you’ll be greeted by powdery white sands, clear waters, and stunning cliffs. Praia do Leão offers a serene atmosphere, perfect for sunbathing and watching sea turtles that nest here. Praia da Atalaia is one of the best places for snorkeling. Marvel at colorful marine life, including fish, rays, and even small sharks in the natural pools.

– Head to the Mirante dos Golfinhos. A nice walkway through the forest will take you to the viewpoint from where you can see playful dolphins leaping out of the water in their natural habitat!

– Take guided hikes through the island’s lush trails and discover the rich biodiversity, including rare bird species like the Frigatebird. There are many paths to walk among the island and each one promises stunning scenery. 

– Explore the vibrant underwater world with guided scuba diving adventures, where you can encounter sea turtles, dolphins, and diverse marine species. Snorkeling is always an easy possibility and you’ll see so many colors under the water. 

– Embark on private boat tours to secluded coves and snorkeling spots. Witness the dramatic cliffs and rock formations that make the island’s coastline so unique.

– Unwind with a glass of champagne on a romantic sunset cruise, watching the sky explode withcolors as the sun sets over the horizon and the blue water is tainted by the orange sun rays. 

– Indulge in the island’s culinary scene, which boasts a blend of Brazilian and seafood cuisine. Savor fresh catches of the day and pair your meals with Brazilian cocktails and fine wines for a gastronomic delight.

Where to stay

Pousada Morena: With a unique location and one of the most beautiful views of the Noronha archipelago: Morro do Pico, it offers comfort and experiences for you to make the most of everything the island has to offer. You’ll be taken care of by bilingual staff and accommodations focused on comfort and sustainability.

Hamares Hotel: Member of the renowned Ekos Group, Hamares invites you to explore new sensations, surprising you with every meticulous detail and enchanting with well-being and pleasure oriented experiences. 

Pousada Teju-Açu: Amidst lush tropical gardens, this boutique pousada offers a tranquil atmosphere. You can enjoy spacious bungalows, a swimming pool, and a spa. It’s known for its excellent service and serene ambiance.

Imagine waking up to panoramic views of the ocean and enjoying world-class amenities in your tropical haven. You are so welcome to this remote archipelago in Brazil! Be ready for a luxurious journey that will leave you enchanted by the natural wonders of an idyllic destination.


Just an hour south of Natal and four hours north of Recife, there’s another former fishing village turned into an appealing surfing beach town, thriving food and nightlife scene. But the best thing about Pipa is that you can find a varied set of stunning beaches in just one location. Plus, thanks to strictly enforced environmental rules, the town’s development hasn’t run crazy with high apartment blocks and hotels. So here you can enjoy a chill hippy vibe, meet lots of surfers and Argentinians, eat great food and take the chance to walk (during the low tide) or drive a little to find yourself at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

What to do

– First of all, grab a checklist and make sure you go to all the beaches that make part of Pipa. Each one is unique and will create a different scenery for you to inhabit. Praia das Minas offers serene seclusion with its secluded cove and lush surroundings, while Praia do Amor’s iconic heart-shaped inlet beckons romantics and surfers alike. Praia dos Golfinhos lives up to its name, often graced by playful dolphins. Praia do Madeiro is renowned for its towering cliffs, ideal for paragliding, and Praia de Cacimbinhas enchants visitors with its vast, sandy expanse and stunning sunsets. 

– Explore the sand dunes north and south of town on organized buggy and quad bike tours

– Within the town, in Avenida Baia dos Golphinos, you’ll find most of the restaurants and boutique shopping. If you need anything to eat or to wear, this is the place. 

– Pipa is a popular destination for surfers and kiteboarders due to its excellent waves and wind conditions. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, there are opportunities for all skill levels.

– Explore the natural beauty of Pipa by hiking or horseback riding. You can visit the Pipa Ecological Sanctuary to observe various bird species and enjoy the lush vegetation.

– Head to the Chapadao viewpoint for panoramic views of the coastline and unforgettable sunsets. It’s a great spot for photography and relaxation.

– Pipa has a vibrant nightlife scene with numerous bars, restaurants, and clubs. Enjoy live music, dance to Brazilian rhythms, and savor delicious cocktails.

– Depending on the season, you may have the opportunity to witness sea turtles nesting on the beaches. Guided tours are available for those interested in turtle conservation efforts.

– Consider taking day trips to nearby attractions, such as the Lagoa Guaraíras, where you can go stand-up paddleboarding or take a boat tour, or the nearby town of Tibau do Sul for a change of scenery.

Where to stay

Toca da Coruja: A sophisticated boutique hotel with beautiful bungalows, lush gardens, and a tranquil atmosphere. It’s often praised for its personalized service and attention to detail.

Sombra e Água Fresca Resort: This beachfront resort is known for its luxurious amenities, including a spa, infinity pool, and ocean-view suites. It’s a top choice if you are seeking a pampering experience.

Sempre Vivo: Very close to Praia do Amor, this 5-star hotel offers rooms with a balcony with garden views, an outdoor pool, a delicious restaurant, and a bar. Great location, rustic and elegant, with lush landscaping that combines natural beauty with contemporary comfort.

Pipa offers a delightful mix of nature, outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and relaxation, making it a versatile destination that can cater to a wide range of interests.

Peninsula de Marau

Keep moving south and you’ll reach the state of Bahia. This one deserves a full article, but today we’ve chosen the coastal region between Ilhéus and Barra Grande. The Marau Peninsula is an area of environmental protection, with lush flora and fauna and over 40km of semi-deserted beaches. You’ll be able to see how the landscape transforms with the moon and the tides, like the natural pools that form during low tide full of fish and marine life that arise in coral reefs. Formed by small villages, Barra Grande is the largest of the peninsula and still preserves the simplicity of the local population. You can reach the peninsula traveling from Salvador, but if you have time and are traveling from Ilhéus don’t miss the ride and consider making a stop, because you’ll pass through the stunning Cocoa Coast, one of the best guarded treasures in Brazil.

What to do

– The Marau Peninsula boasts a mesmerizing collection of pristine beaches that captivate with their unspoiled beauty. Among these coastal gems, Taipu de Fora is celebrated for its expansive natural pools and golden sands. Barra Grande enchants with swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, and a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. Camamu Bay beckons adventurers to explore its crystal-clear waters by kayak or paddleboard, and Algodões lures with its soft, powdery shores and the gentle lullaby of the ocean. And many more! Ponta do Mutá, Tres Coqueiros and Bombaça beaches are definitely worth the visit. 

– Visit the lakes, they are as beautiful as the beaches and the ocean. The Blue Lake and Cassange Lake offer an opportunity to swim, relax, go kayaking and paddling over their calm waters. 

– Explore the surroundings. If you go hiking up you’ll probably bump into the Taipu Lighthouse, and you can also rent a quad bike to ride on the Giant Bromeliad Trail.

– Hop on private boat tours to explore secluded coves, hidden beaches, and mesmerizing rock formations along the coastline like the Pedra Furada. Stop at Goio Island, have lunch in Sapinho Island and end the day with the refreshing waters of Tremembe Waterfall

– Each villages has a charm of its own. If you started in Barra Grande, you can move south to Campinho and see why it is a sailboat destination. Taipu de Dentro is one of the oldest fishing villages on the Marau Peninsula, and you’ll be able to tell by its architecture. The Historic town of Marau does not offer much by way of tourism, but is well maintained and an interesting historical stop. Piracanga sits along the southernmost coast and is home to the Inkira Community, dedicated to spiritual growth and sustainable living practices. 

Where to stay

Txai Hotel: We need to start here, even though it’s not located on the peninsula, but on the above-mentioned, must visit, Cocoa Coast. It is a luxurious, eco-friendly, beachfront paradise located in Itacaré that offers elegant and private accommodations, gourmet dining, and an otherworldly spa.


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Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort: Sophisticated and paradisiacal resort nestled in an ecological sanctuary surrounded by the Atlantic rainforest. This five-star eco-resort offers a luxurious experience in a stunning location, with all the amenities to relax, reset and connect with pleasure at its best.

Vila Kandui: Located in Taipu de Fora Beach, nature, connection, comfort, and exclusivity combine to offer a unique experience. Their 14 Villas, situated in front of one of the most beautiful coral beaches in Brazil, create a true sanctuary of positive energies with amazing food and total comfort. 

Embrace the luxurious side of Peninsula de Maraú and the Cacao Coast with upscale resorts that seamlessly merge with the infinite and stunning natural surroundings. Wake up to panoramic ocean views and world-class amenities.


Ok, so let’s talk a bit more about Bahia, as further south it hides another gem impossible to keep from mentioning here. Trancoso is renowned for its stunning, unspoiled beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The town is adorned with colorful houses, which provide a picturesque backdrop for photos and create a unique, vibrant ambiance with charming shops, restaurants, and cafes. It’s a great place to explore, dine, and soak in the local atmosphere, but it is also a fantastic beach destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and relaxation.

What to do

– Sunbathing and swimming in its abundance of stunning, untouched beaches are the top activities. In addition to well-known beaches like Rio da Barra, Nativos, Itapororoca, and Coqueiros, there are also other must-visit spots in close proximity, such as Espelho Beach, Caraíva, and Corumbau.

– A fantastic recommendation is to explore these neighboring beaches via a boat excursion. You have the option of a private tour or joining a group, both of which include visits to hidden, breathtaking beaches and several opportunities to either snorkel or marvel at the picturesque scenery along the way.

– Discover the natural beauty of the region by going on hikes through the Atlantic rainforest. Explore trails that lead to waterfalls and viewpoints with stunning vistas. Horseback riding is also a popular activity in Trancoso, allowing you to explore the surrounding countryside and beaches in a unique way.

– The Quadrado, or the historic square, is the heart of the town. It’s a charming area with colorful houses, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Stroll around, shop for souvenirs, dine at one of the local eateries and don’t miss the historic churches, including the São João Batista Church.

– Explore the indigenous culture of the Pataxó people, who live in the region. Visit craft markets and cultural events to learn about their traditions.

– Savor the flavors of Bahian cuisine in Trancoso. Try dishes like moqueca (fish stew), acarajé (deep-fried black-eyed pea dumplings), and fresh seafood at local restaurants. Then, get dressed for the night! Trancoso comes alive at night, especially during the high season. Enjoy live music, beach parties, and the vibrant nightlife scene in and around the Quadrado.

Where to stay

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa: This boutique hotel is often considered one of the most luxurious and stylish options in Trancoso. It offers uniquely designed casas (houses) and a spa. The property is known for its sustainable practices and artistic decor. Stay here for a truly immersive experience that invites you to live like a local while enjoying the finest comforts.

Pousada Tutabel: This pousada offers a high standard of hospitality in Trancoso, with the option of spacious suites or villas for a couple, family, or group of friends. The natural yet glamorous environment will make you feel like you’re in your own beach house. 

Fasano Trancoso: A luxurious beachfront resort in Trancoso, Brazil, known for its sophisticated design and impeccable service. Set amidst lush nature, the resort offers the upscale accommodations of the Fasano Group hotels, a pristine beach, and fine dining experiences, making it an ideal destination for discerning travelers seeking elegance and tranquility.

Trancoso offers a diverse range of activities that cater to different interests, making it a fantastic destination if you are a beach lover and nature enthusiast or if you are seeking cultural experiences and relaxation.

Rio de Janeiro beaches

The beaches of Rio de Janeiro collectively represent the essence of urban coastal Brazil. Copacabana is an iconic beach known for its vibrant atmosphere, beachside kiosks, and views of Sugarloaf Mountain. Ipanema exudes a cosmopolitan charm, attracting trendy crowds with excellent surf, sunbathing, and upscale amenities. And Barra de Tijuca offers an expansive shoreline, ideal for water sports enthusiasts and families in the neighborhood. But in the state of Rio, out of the city, you can find another bunch of unbelievable beaches that make part of the lush and unparalleled Green Coast. Visiting them is what you need to do when traveling to Rio. 

What to do

– Arraial do Cabo is often referred to as the “Caribbean of Brazil” due to its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking beaches. The town is famous for its stunning coastline, which includes Praia Grande, a long stretch of golden sand popular with surfers, Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, known for its dramatic rock formations and fantastic snorkeling opportunities and Laranjeiras beach, great for swimming and snorkeling. You should know that this is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, offering boat tours to explore hidden coves, the famous Blue Grotto, and the chance to spot marine life like dolphins and sea turtles. 

– Angra dos Reis is an archipelago of 365 islands and numerous stunning beaches set against the backdrop of lush green mountains. It’s a popular destination for sailing and boating, with pristine waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Some of the standout islands include Ilha Grande, known for its lush rainforests and hiking trails where the famous Lopes Mendes beach is located, as well as Praia Vermelha and Praia Dois Rios. Then there’s Ilha de Cataguases, famous for its powdery white sands and clear waters. Here, you will find a mix of natural beauty and luxury, with sophisticated resorts and charming pousadas providing a range of accommodation options.

– The bay of Paraty has about 50 beaches, most of them far from the city center. Praia do Sono, Ubatuba and other neighboring beaches boast calm and clear waters, making them perfect for water sports and nature walks. Plus, 80% of Paraty is a protected area, providing a peaceful environment that demonstrates magnificent preservation of the local ecosystem.

Where to stay

Janeiro Hotel: Bathed in natural light and the sea breeze of cosmopolitan Leblon beach, the hotel embodies the art of hospitality, striking the perfect balance between urban life and nature. With a few years of operation, it has already earned two international recognition awards, always translating the concept of simple luxury into real experiences that make guests feel at home.

Belmond Copacabana Palace: On the shores of the most famous beach in South America, the Copacabana Palace is as esteemed today as it has been for its 100 years. Classic elegance, glittering chandeliers, sleek marble and polished wood, set the scene for a luxurious provocation to all your senses.  

Fasano Ipanema: If you want a top experience in Rio, Fasano is the promise of an unforgettable stay where luxury, culture, and nature converge harmoniously. A tribute to bossa nova and the architecture of the 50-60’s, the hotel stands majestically in front of Ipanema as a symphony of sophistication and elegant seduction.

Fasano Angra dos Reis: The world known ‘Fasano luxury’ makes its way to Angra dos Reis with its exceptional quality and impeccable service. Sixty spacious rooms with stunning views of the ocean and countryside, a luxurious spa for relaxation and treatments, a fitness center, tennis and multi-sport courts, a shopping boulevard, and two unique restaurants to satisfy your culinary desires at any time of the day. 

Casa Turquesa: Turquoise color is the inspiration of this guest house located in the calmest side of Paraty’s historic center facing the port and its tropical vibe. One of Brazil’s favorite boutique hotels, Casa Turquesa is the art of Brazilian hospitality turned into a comfortable, delightful home during your stay.


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Going to Rio de Janeiro is definitely a must in Brazil, and now you know that you’ll find more than a couple of gorgeous beaches if you leave the city for a while to follow the calling of the always exceptional Green Coast.


Time to close going all the way to the south, where we leave the year-round warm regions to enter a picturesque and enchanting island city with subtropical climate and distinct seasons. Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina and is often referred to as the “Magic Island” (Ilha da Magia) due to its stunning natural beauty and captivating charm. The island is home to over 42 beaches, which boast everything from great surf to serene waters and secluded sands. The most beautiful beaches on the island are in protected nature reserves and are another epitome of paradise in Brazil.

What to do

– Florianópolis is famous for its beautiful beaches, each with its unique character. Some popular ones include Praia Mole, Campeche, Santinho, Joaquina, and Barra da Lagoa. You can swim, surf, sunbathe, or simply take in the coastal beauty.

– Explore the Ribeirão da Ilha, Florianópolis’ historic center, to discover well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and charming fishing villages. Try fresh seafood at local restaurants.

– Lagoa da Conceição is a picturesque lagoon, hub for water sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Explore the charming village nearby, shop for local crafts, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

– Hike to Lagoinha do Leste, a pristine beach accessible by a scenic hiking trail through the Atlantic rainforest. The reward is a stunning and relatively untouched beach surrounded by hills.

– Take a boat trip to Campeche Island, known for its archaeological sites and beautiful beaches. Snorkel in crystal-clear waters, explore the island’s trails, and visit the mysterious inscriptions.

– Try sandboarding on the massive dunes at Joaquina Beach, which is a thrilling experience for adventure seekers.

– Explore the historic fortresses like Forte Santa Bárbara and visit museums like the Florianópolis Historical Museum to learn about the city’s history.

– Take a short drive to Garopaba, a charming coastal town known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere.

Florianópolis offers a rich blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and delicious cuisine, making it an ideal destination. There’s something for everyone on this captivating island.

Where to stay

– Boutique Hotel Quinta das Videiras: Located in the heart of Florianopolis, this boutique gem exudes old-world charm and contemporary elegance. With just 11 rooms, it offers an intimate and exclusive escape. Relax in the tranquil courtyard, and savor gourmet cuisine in a historic setting.

– Ponta dos Ganchos: This coastal paradise near the city promises an indulgent experience. Perched on a private peninsula, Ponta dos Ganchos boasts luxurious bungalows, breathtaking ocean views, and exceptional service. Indulge in spa treatments, and let them pamper you while delighting in the beauty of the Santa Catarina coast.

– Il Campanario Villaggio Resort: Located in the heart of Jurerê Beach, Il Campanario offers a combination of elegance and entertainment. Spacious suites, a stunning pool, and an array of amenities cater to families and couples alike. Explore the vibrant beach scene, dine at exquisite restaurants, and become part of the resort’s lively atmosphere in one of Florianopolis’s most sought-after locations.

Far from being a complete guide to Brazil’s incalculable beaches, hopefully this gives you a good place to start planning your next trip. Mouthwatering beach destinations are waiting for you with their luxurious sand tapestry and all-blues ocean views. Sophisticated accommodations have created the most comfortable settings to enjoy such abundant beauty and connection with nature.

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