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.
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