We went to Jambo for a week-long visit with another couple. We had three kids with us, all under the age of 6. The pousada is not completely set up for kids (one of ours broke a ceramic fruit on the way in--kid-height, kid-attractive, and there is no play area for kids) but was friendly enough to them. We arrived on a Saturday, when the place was about half full, and by Sunday we were the only people there until Thursday night when people arrived for the long holiday weekend of October 12.
The rooms we stayed in (5 and 6 on lower floor) were fine, though small for the family with two kids. Bathroom is extremely small. Main complaints on the room: no screens so you cannot leave the windows open to hear the ocean (you can hear it anyway but not as well as you might) and get a breeze, and also the ceiling fan is not over the bed so we were forced to use air conditioning more than we would have if there had been a fan and screens. Rooms were clean and pleasant enough. Maybe if the pousada had been full these rooms next to the pool would be loud, but it was empty when we were there.
Pool is pretty small, if the pousada is full, I would imagine it's tight. But of course you have a huge ocean in front of you, the waves are small (great for kids), the sand lovely and there is enough shell hunting to keep little ones happy. Jambo is right on a public pathway to the ocean, and one day there were quite a few locals doing their own barbecue and party in the sand (the holiday) but it was not a problem at all. Loooong beach. Supposedly you can walk to Praia do Forte when the tide is low but we didn't make it all the way there. There are little beach "barracas" or huts for snacks going both directions...the ones to the "left" or north were closed during the week because there were not many people.
I did not find the owners very friendly or helpful, as I often find owners of small inns or pousadas. I asked the Brazilian wife owner for a recommendation of a capoeira teacher (friends who had been there before contracted one to teach their kids during their vacation) and she responded rudely that such things must be planned in advance but that she would check on it...yet she never got back to me or mentioned it again. She never once said good morning to us even though the two owners ate in the restaurant every day. The German husband owner was slightly friendlier, after a week in the pousada he gave us a free bottle of wine at the last night's dinner.
Food was very good in general, especially a gnocchi and a pasta with shrimp. The options for children are non-existent, and they tried to help by making plain pasta and beef but these frequently came with sauces or onions that the kids won't eat. I really got the feeling that this is a place that would disallow kids if it could.
Aside from all the small details that I mention as annoyances, the pousada is lovely, has great lounge chairs to watch the ocean, the kids LOVED the beach and pool and waves. And the pousada is really right on the ocean. You can hear the waves everywhere and all the time.
10 minutes from Praia do Forte, $40 reais cab ride. We left only once to see the turtles.
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