It's a tipical city beach. Go to this place only if you want to mix and see the locals beach. It's beautiful, but it's full.
Porto da Barra is a cool place for mixing with the locals. If you want to really experience Bahian happiness, I suggest spending a day on the beach here, away from the more touristy areas. Look for the "shrimp" man. He walks up and down the beach peddling the best camarou (sp?) in lime juice. Christmas Eve 2012 sitting on... More
We were a bit naive and went for the first beach stand we came across. The guy charged us R$40 for a couple of chairs and umbrella, which almost certainly was way over the odds even for a pair of gringos! Saying that, the beach is awesome. A real Brazilian beach, full of life and fun and sun tans. Sea... More
Great place to run in the morning, awesome sunsets, and great people-watching at the (small, crowded, chaotic) beach. There is a museum in the lighthouse but I didn't go in -- I believe there is a fee.
This beach is very popular for locals and tourist alike. Yes, the location is great too. However, the large crowds can prove to be a major deterrent, especially on the weekends. Local vendors are always selling food and beer on the beach, so you don't have to leave the beach to get some very good snack foods; like grilled shrimp.... More
It's a democratic beach. You will see people from every group: rich people on theirs boats, some athletic ones swimming or playing foot volley, some people consuming maconha and many other people looking at and appreciating the view, the water, and everything else. A HINT: DON'T FORGET TO USE SUNBLOCK FPS 50 if you are not black people. If you... More
It's the beach where most of the foreigners and people who live near goes, also some whores who want to offer themselves for the tourist. Calm place and you can even smoke some hemp without police trying to kick your balls
Well, during carnival time, it was good to see, special the sunset, altought it seemed a lot crowded and dirty. Maybe it's not like that during non carnival period, but as it is a central beach, I would not try anyway
Don't be put off by the initial crowded first impression, this is a great beach where locals, tourists, vendors, straights, gays, and everything in between all come together in a unique way. The water is warm, very calm and clear, and the beach culture provides you all the amenities. Chairs/umbrellas/caipirinhas/food/people watching/swiming/sun worship and smiles. Don't be put off by everyone... More
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