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“Beautiful views and luscious waters, but tiny and crowded” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Porto da Barra

Porto da Barra
Ranked #10 of 254 things to do in Salvador
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Owner description: Porto da Barra is one of the few points of land in Brazil that face west over the Atlantic Ocean (due to its unique geography near the entrance to the Bay of All Saints). Because of this, Porto da Barra features sunsets which are both spectacularly beautiful and endearing because of the way people (visitors and local residents alike) applaud, cheer, whistle and sing while the sun sets over the sea. The water at Porto da Barra Beach is quite calm and perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, ad and other water sports. Even on days when other beaches in Salvador are empty, there is typically a good crowd at Porto da Barra Beach. Porto da Barra also features Portuguese forts dating back to the 17th century and number of good restaurants, bars, shops including used book and record stores, the Instituto Maua, a Bahia state agency which promotes the production and sale of quality hand-made artisan products, and others.
Belmont, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful views and luscious waters, but tiny and crowded”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

I was told this was one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but I would definitely have to disagree. It's a very nice beach with fine sand and very warm, salty waters. In fact you'd have a hard time sinking in the water. It's conveniently located right in Barra, so you an walk to it from many spots around. Most other beaches are much farther away. It's a very small beach and extremely cramped during busy hours. Most people rent a chair and/or umbrella from one of the many vendors. The two of us went with our towels and struggled to find a spot to but them down. Street foood vendors come by often, and much of the open beach is used by folks juggling a futbol. The drop-off in the water is fast, but the swimming is fantastic. I could have stayed there for hours. You can swim out to a stone platform that comes off an old building and do some pretty nice dives off of it. Or you can just watch the local kids do their acrobatic magic. In the background of the bay are all sorts of vehicles -- sail boats, tankers, paddle surfers. For a couple of hours, it's a nice getaway. But more than that would be tough. You have to be very careful with your possessions. And when the tide comes in, it comes in fast so everyone starts moving up the beach almost on top of each other. This beach is worth visiting, but I wouldn't keep going back to it when there are many nicer beaches further away.

Visited June 2014
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“Great City Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

This is a great beach set in a cove under a Classic Portuguese church, the cross marking the first landing point of the Portuguese and beside a classic Portuguese fort with pier. The beach is busy at weekends and even during the week there are more shops than the mall. It's got a reasonable gay following and in the morning/evening you will foot-volleyball and other sports. It's cool to go with your towel although you will be pestered to take the beach chairs and umbrellas, best to haggle and maybe not take the first one offered. During the day you will have no problem getting drinks,snacks and even lunch delivered to you. The water is calm and clean and you can even see fish swimming along under the water. The beach is safe, but usual rules for brazil, don't bring expensive or flashy items and be aware. Enjoy!

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“Beautiful, but be careful! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

I'm from Salvador and I've been in Porto da barra a lot of times. Although the beach is nice, the water is really calm and the sunset is just amazing, I have two concerns.
First, the beach is bit dangerous for tourists, once it's known for the locals trying to pickpocket them.
Second, specially on the weekends, the beach gets really crowded, so if you need a place to chill out, that's not it.

5 Thank Pedro C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

It is a urban beautiful beach, small cove with 02 forts in your surroundings, warm and calm water, have a good energy, in the weekend the beach have a crowd, is better go in the middle of the week.

Visited February 2014
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“good beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

My kids liked this sandy beach. They got to play, swim and just get some sun. There are chairs and umbrellas for rental, food for sale and souvenirs and all beach essentials too. I worked out every morning with some of the personal trainers that set up tents on the beach every morning. It was cheap and really great work outs.

Visited November 2013
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