What if you have very limited time on the island? Say a week or two. Some readers repeatedly ask us where to start their explorations.
As a side note, I’d like to point out that Uber is a good idea when you’re thinking of transportation and limited destinations. However, if you intend to truly explore the island, renting a car for a weekend is by far your best bet.
These are the top 3 in popularity in our opinion. You could start with these and explore other options nearby.
Joaquina beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches on this exquisite island. Regarded as one of the top ten surfing spots in all of Brazil, Joaquina is home to major international surfing championships. Many of Brazil’s pro surfers have made Joaquina their backyard because of its consistent swells and high-quality waves.
On the best days, you will see photographers on the lookout for pictures that will be in major surfing magazines. The waves break to both sides, but the left is usually longer and more consistent. With the right wind, amazing barrows will be plentiful along the 2 miles of this beach. Once you check out the waves of Joaquina on a good day, you’ll never forget this place.
The waves break to both sides, but the left is usually longer and more consistent. With the right wind, amazing barrows will be plentiful along the 2 miles of this beach. Once you check out the waves of Joaquina on a good day, you’ll never forget this place.
This 1,2 mile beach is one of the locals’ favorite, and for a good reason: it’s absolutely gorgeous. Mole means soft, so the beach was named “mole” because the sand is in fact exactly that: soft. Walking on Mole is tiring, which only makes the idea of stopping for a coconut drink that much more appealing.
This beach is often packed with beautiful people, surfers, and hang gliders.
There are two first-class hills for hang gliding take-offs (one at each end of the beach). The gliders land on the beach after exploring the stretch of island that goes from Joaquina to Barra da Lagoa. Tourists can join the gliders on double flights that are available throughout the year. When you’re up in the sky, the feeling of freedom and the breathtaking view make this an experience you can’t pass up. Whether you want to catch some nice, strong waves, or just relax and sun bathe, Mole is always a top choice.
The Caribbean is here. Blue, warm waters make this beach a swimmer’s paradise. This beach is on the west side of the island (the bay side), and therefore there are no waves. Kayaking, water skiing, sailing, and swimming are the popular choices.
The lush vegetation and the view of other smaller islands and of the continent, with its exquisite hills in the distance, make a strong first impression. The infrastructure is the best on the island (the restaurants are excellent, offering seafood specialties as well as fantastic Italian dishes). Step1 students love to spend time at this pristine beach.