It's not just football and samba that make Brazil famous: in this Latin American country there are some of the the most beautiful beaches in the world that top the rankings to please tourists from all over the world. On the other hand, Brazil is kissed by a warm climate, long months of sunshine and a still unspoiled nature in very large areas of its territory. When winter begins in Europe, this beautiful country kicks off the festival of summer: this is why starting out on a Costa cruise towards Brazil in the last and early months of the year is an experience that will recharge you with happiness, positivity and, of course, an enviable tan!
In Brazil there are miles and miles of coastline overlooking theAtlantic Ocean, so from north to south you can find lots of dreamy beaches. They go from the city shorelines that the whole world knows, like Copacabana and Ipanema to Rio de Janeiro, to beaches perhaps more well known to Brazilians, but that every tourist loves too: Praia do Espelho and Taipus de Fora in the state of Bahia, Praia de Pipa loved by surfers, Maracajaù with its "parrachos", i.e. the formations of coral reef, the natural park of Jerocoacoara, C., the freshwater beach of Alter do Chao immersed in the Amazon Forest and many others.
Even Brazilian islands contain wonders: there are those very close to the mainland like Ilhabela, on which to experience the wild beauty of Praia do Bonete or the more mundane like Praia do Curral; or other islands practically in the middle of the ocean like the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, a small protected paradise that is home to the spectacular Praia do Sancho.
Come with us on a journey to discover Brazil's best beaches!
The most beautiful beaches in Brazil
- Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande
- Praia do Francas, Maceio
- Praia do Bonete, Ilhabela
- Praia do Curral, Ilhabela
- Fernando de Noronha
- Alter do Chao
- Praia do Espelho
- Praia do Taipus de Fora
- Praia da Fazenda
- Praia de Pipa
- Baia do Soncho
- Praia do Rosa
The most famous district of Brazil's most famous city is probably Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. And one of the reasons this "barrio" is so well known all over the world is its lido: Copacabana Beach it is practically a synonym for the word holiday in Brazil! Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 6 kilometres long from the district of Ipanema to Leme, Copacabana beach has been an institution since the last century, when it was also chosen by VIPs for their holidays. Today, the beach is a destination for young people who come here to have fun from all over the world, but also for any other kind of tourist: here you can enjoy the golden sand, the blue of the ocean on the horizon, the music and the liveliness that is unique to this stretch of beach. Think how wonderful it can be to lie in the sun right here between November and February, fleeing from winter with your Costa cruise, to enjoy the warmth and colour of aBrazilian summer... It is not uncommon to see some football matches on the sand or on the beach: it is said that future Brazilian champions come to the sea here, so take a look at the style of the kids you see playing football!
If, in addition to Caipirinha and tan you also love going on a few walks, head to the Copacabana Fort to the south to see its military museum, but above all the panorama, which will also show you the famous profile of the Sugarloaf mountain on the horizon. Do you want to see it more closely? Your destination is the other end of Copacabana beach, the one that borders the Leme barrio: climb the Morro do Leme, a small mountain along a path beloved by hikers. The view from its top will pay you for the effort!
Copacabana beach is also famous for its New Years Eve, one of the busiest outdoor parties on the planet, with millions arriving every 31 December from all over the world. It has also hosted events that have marked an era: one from all of them, the Rolling Stones megaconcert in 2006, for which the beach was filled with 1,300,000 fans. The big numbers here do not surprise the inhabitants: Copacabana is in fact one of the most populous neighbourhoods in the world.
Ipanema holds Rio de Janeiro's chic soul: this neighbourhood is home to some of the most expensive places in all of Latin America! It will not surprise you then that even its beach is particularly exclusive.
Ipanema Beach is a golden sand crescent lapped by the Altlantic and closed on one side by the rocky headland of Pedra do Arpoador and on the other side by the profiles of the Dois Irmaos mountains (i.e. the "two brothers" in Brazilian), with their unmistakable shape. Seeing them during your Costa excursion will be an emotion, and you will definitely take more than one photo!
Ipanema lies just south of Copacabana, the beach that vies with it for the crown of being the most famous in Rio de Janeiro. The shoreline here is rather long, therefore for each “posto”, i.e. the lifeguards’ towers, you may find different types of tourists and and habitues, kinds from the favelas to the wealthier inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro. Posto 9 takes its name from the song that made the beauty of this beach immortal, the bossa nova tune “Garota de Ipanema”, and it is said that this is the most famous stretch of the beach.
For those who easily grow tired of the sun, sea, kiosks on the beach and the amazing waves crashing on the shore (the ocean is not so calm here), “Praia do Ipanema” is also very close to several boutiques, that line up one after the other on the road just off the beach. At night too, Ipanema is a haunt for movida lovers, who find bars, restaurants and clubs here to watch the sunrise to the rhythm of Brazil.
Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande
OnIlha Grande, in the Atlantic Ocean south of Rio de Janeiro, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil: amongst them, a place of honour definitely goes to Lopes Mendes.. Ilha Grande, which means "big island" in Brazilian, has particularly jagged coastlines, with 106 beaches. Real paradises, such as Lopes Mendes, which awaits you with a wonderful expanse of white sand overlooking the bay further northeast of the island.
Getting here can be a small adventure, because the most spectacular way to reach Lopes Mendes is by trekking through the Atlantic Mata, that is the Brazilian forest that covers much of Ilha Grande. There is also a Costa excursion that accompanies you on this experience, allowing you to experience that perfect moment when the forest opens up and the beach appears in front of you, with its inviting turquoise waters. By the way, you can swim in total relaxation in Lopes Mendes, because the ocean here is pleasantly warm! And behind you there will not be the typical skyscrapers of Copacabana or Ipanema, but just so much green.
Praia do Frances, Maceio
Surfing lovers, diving enthusiasts, foodies: in Praia do Frances you will find your paradise. We are in the state ofAlagoas and in the municipality of Marechal Deodoro25 kilometres from the capital, the city of Maceiò, in the most northeast part of Brazil. These places are famous not only amongst Brazilians but also amongst foreign tourists for their beaches, including Praia do Frances which definitely has a special place. Here the waters have colours that go from turquoise to an incredible shade of dark green, and waves that make surfers happy, especially on the right side of the beach, which also hosts surfing competitions. The golden sand and the palm trees that run along the whole length complete the perfect image of this dream beach, which you can reach on a Costa excursion.
The left side of Praia do Frances, on the other hand, has a more worldly nature. You can already see it from the bars and restaurants that you meet coming to the beach, before reaching the stalls very close to the sea offering the local seafood specialities. On this side of the beach, moreover, the water is calmer, also thanks to the presence of a reef that is perfect for diving.
Praia do Bonete, Ilhabela
Looking for an oasis of peace in Brazil? Praia do Bonete will be your Eden. It is one of the beaches on Ilhabela, a Brazilian municipality composed of several islands, located near the Tropic of Cancer. To reach Praia do Bonete you will have to arm yourself with patience and motivation, but on arrival you will be rewarded by an idyllic panorama, consisting of a narrow bay between two green-covered headlands, with about 600 metres of golden sand and shallow water up to ten metres from the shore. Before entering the beach, you can also make a stop at the restaurant behind it, in the small fishing village near the sea. Praia do Bonete, in fact, although on an island and surrounded by the forest, will still welcome you with some welcome comforts.
You arrive in this hidden corner of Brazil via a 12-kilometres trail that takes about four hours to walk, during which you will also encounter beautiful waterfalls. At the end of the walk you reach Praia do Bonete, which at certain times of the year is also a destination for organised boat tours.
Praia do Curral, Ilhabela
Again on the lush Ilhabela, in the state of Sao Paulo, a particularly trendy lido awaits you: Praia do Curral, the most worldly soul of the island with 360 waterfalls. Of course, again, you will be faced with a true natural beauty, a long strip of golden sand bordered by the greenery of the island's vegetation and overlooking a particularly calm Atlantic Ocean. This is because you are on the side of Ilhabela facing the continent, not the open sea.
But this dream location also has another feature that makes it particularly attractive for Brazilians and other tourists: Praia do Curral boasts luxury resorts, hotels and trendy clubs that attract lovers of "la dolce vita" throughout the year. Of course, there are restaurants in the small village behind Praia do Curral, some of which even provide beach service! A morning here on your Costa excursion will give you a satisfying taste of Brazilian beach life.
Fernando de Noronha
This is an underwater mountain range that forms the islands of the small archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, located about 350 kilometres from the coast of Brazil. The largest island gives it name to the archipelago, and has a total surface area of about 18 square kilometres: a tiny paradise of peace and beauty in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, home to some of Brazil's most beautiful beaches.
Fernando de Noronha, simply called Noronha by the inhabitants, overlooks the Mar de Dentro, which means the side of the ocean that separates it from Brazil, which is calmer, and the Mar de Fora, that is, the open, windier Atlantic. On both sides there are dreamy beaches, some with volcanic sand and shallow natural pools. Here you will also find Brazil's most beautiful locations for diving, with warm waters even at 25 to 40 metres deep and so many marine animals. Turtles and dolphins are habitués of the archipelago.
Maracajaù is famous throughout Brazil for its “parrachos”, coral formations that lie about 7 kilometres from the coastline and which attract all types of divers, including the most expert. So many tourists visit the state of Rio Grande do Norte, and specifically the municipality of Maxaranguape, Unbe., to dive into the natural pools lapping the beaches of Maracajaù, where the waters are warm and calm, are a wonderful shade of turquoise and are very rich in marine fauna to be admired.
Close to a small fishing village, Maracajaù beach also offers several alternatives to diving: there are water parks, clubs and restaurants a short drive away, and organised quad and dune buggy tours into nearby areas also start from here.
Alter do Chao
Can a freshwater beach compete with the beauty of those on the ocean? If that beach is called Alter do Chao, the answer is yes. To lie down on the white sand of what is actually a small peninsula that is located in front of the village of Alter do Chao you will have to go into none other than the Amazon Forest and go to Santarém, where the River Tapajas joins the Amazon.
In the season of the shallows, Alter do Chao emerges from the waters of the river in all its splendour, a thin strip of white sand (which here they call Ilha do Amor, the island of love) connected to the mainland that encloses the basin of the enchanting Lago Verde, and that you can reach even by walking. When it rains, the beach is on a real Island, that you can easily arrive by canoe. Parasols, loungers and a relaxed atmosphere will also welcome you to one of the wildest places on the planet.
Praia do Espelho
The name Praia do Espelho means "mirror beach": it owes the name to the reflections of the water in the natural pools near the shore, which when spotted from the ships off shore looked like mirrors. In fact the official name of this beach in the state of Bahia is Curuipe, the same as the town behind it, where you can find several bars and restaurants to try the local cuisine and enjoy some shade.
The view here is so incredible, however, that it deserved a more poetic name all for itself: Praia do Espelho is the ideal setting for a film where the protagonists find themselves on an enchanting desert island, with the cliffs looming over the sea, the golden sand and the green of the coconut palm trees on the horizon as far as the eye can see. The low tide here provides idyllic scenery, between the natural pools and the reef. It is impossible to resist the urge to dive into the ocean waters, which on these shores are calm and pleasantly warm.
Praia do Taipus de Fora
The peninsula of Marau in the state of Bahia separates the bay of Camamu from the Atlantic Ocean. On the side facing the ocean is Taipus de Fora, a very long stretch of sand bathed by clear water where the waves follow each other relentlessly. If you have a surf board, you can enjoy riding the sea on this Brazilian beach. If you are travelling with children, you will find long stretches of beach that are more sheltered, where natural pools created by the coral reef make the water shallow, calm and safe even for the little ones.
The beach of Taipas de Fora continues for kilometres, accompanied by an endless row of palm trees hiding the resort’s holiday accommodation, all a short walk from the sea. Here tranquillity reigns supreme. The low and high tide draw different contours for Taipus de Fora depending on the seasons, creating small sand bays from the crystal clear water.
Praia de Fazenda
In the heart of Costa Verde, about halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, we find Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, a protected park that houses the wonderful Praia de Fazenda. Three long miles of dark sand guarded by the Mata Atlantica, the lush, green Brazilian forest in which to take long walks between dips.
Assuming that you can abandon the peace of Praia de Fazenda even for a short time: the beach here is free from any equipment, you are for enjoy the beauty of a protected and unspoiled place. Some services are available at the Park Visitor Centre, nestled in vegetation just a few metres from the beach, but other than that expect to spend your time with nature, enjoying the calm waters of the Praia de Fazenda or walking to the point where the fresh water of the Rio Picinguaba tumbles into the Atlantic.
Praia de Pipa
The name Praia de Pipa means “kite beach”: this small beach in the state of Rio Grande do Norte is located in the municipality of Tibau du Sul, one of the most easterly points in Brazil. As its name suggests, it is the perfect beach for those who love wind! Surfing, here, is particularly exciting thanks to the mighty ocean waves, but it is not recommended for those who are not expert. In this case, better to enjoy the fine, white sand, the panorama of the cliffs, the forest that comes right up to the beach and the company of tourists and residents, who flock to the restaurants and bars in the small town. Or look for stretches of beach protected by the reef, where the water in the natural pools is calm and pleasantly warm.
Praia de Pipa is also referred to as a "hippy beach" because its tourism growth started in the 1970s, when surfers and backpackers began to meet here, attracted by the beach’s natural beauty. Today it is one of the most popular resorts in the area, for both Brazilians and tourists from all over the world.
Praia do Sancho
Have you taken a boat or plane and travelled the 350 kilometres that separate the island of Fernando de Noronha from the mainland? You are one of the lucky ones who can lie in the sun on the spectacular Praia do Sancho, a pearl amongst pearls on this small Brazilian archipelago, which on TripAdvisor was elected the most beautiful beach in the world in 2019.
Before you get to touch the sand, walking along the wooden walkway leading to the Mirante (i.e. the viewpoint) of Praia do Sancho you can admire the whole spectacle of this small golden bay, which lies narrow between two crags embracing it before diving into the sea. It is reached down steep steps and does not offer facilities, parasols or deckchairs: on the island of Fernando de Norohna, entry is only permitted to a few hundred tourists a day, who must arrange a pass, to keep this little natural paradise as pristine and uncontaminated as possible. Praia do Sancho is located on the side of the island facing Brazil, where the ocean is warmer thanks to the influence of currents. If you dive into the water, it is perfectly possible that you will find yourself swimming with turtles and dolphins!
Between two of Brazil's most famous beaches there is also space for a third wonder: Arpoador, a small rocky headland that divides Copacabana from Ipanema, the city beaches par excellence in Rio de Janeiro.
Unlike its nearby "unwieldy" neighbours, where the movida goes mad and the bathers flock to look for their place in the sun, Arpoador is a quiet corner, where you can find families and even elderly people. But the most frequent visitors to this beach are surfers, who meet here for its waves. For those who want to experience the thrill of surfing but are not an expert, it is also possible to take lessons on the beach.
The headland of Pedra do Arpoador, as the Brazilians call it, is crossed by several paths that go into the rocks, easy to walk even for the little ones and which lead to wonderful views of Copacabana, Ipanema and the Atlantic. The small sandy beach to the left of the headland is called Praia do Diablobut despite the name has an angelic beauty, golden sand and fascinating waves. And even two beach volleyball courts for having fun!
Praia do Rosa
Praia do Rosa is in the state of Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil, and is one of the most famous beaches in the area: is that because its seven kilometres can offer so many different attractions?
The beach is a strip of light, soft sand, which ends on the left side with a rocky headland: in the middle of the rocks is one of the natural pools of Praia da Rosa, where adults and children swim. The others are located towards the middle of the beach, behind the sandy hills, and are also quiet and secluded, as well as beautiful. In Praia da Rosa you can also go windsurfing and kitesurfing, or take a boat and go fishing offshore, gaze at the horizon and see the blowing whales. The beach is also the great starting point of trails that go into the forest, for those who love trekking, or you can quickly reach one of the nearby restaurants and clubs. Make a wish for your day at the seaside: on this beach in Brazil, you will probably be able to make it come true.
Jericoacoara. Does that sound like a complicated name? Call itJeri, as the locals do: shortening the name will not take away the charm of this lovely place, one of the most magical in Brazil. Even the Washington Post mentioned it amongst the ten most fascinating beaches in the world! Jericoacoara is located in the north of Brazil, about 300 kilometres from the city of Fortaleza, in the state of the Ceará. It is inside a nature park, which has certainly helped preserve the wild beauty of the beach, but there is no shortage of facilities for tourists: don't expect clubs and skyscrapers, but all the simplicity that you can find in the small fishing village nearby.
Jeri is definitely the place to come for windsurfing and kitesurfing on the ocean, as the wind here blows practically all year round and the water is warm. You also come to discover the incredible landscape of its sand dunes, in the midst of which transparent natural pools open up in the shade of the palm trees. Entering Jericoacoara Nature Park is like getting lost in a place out of this world, made only of colours and lights, which will make every lover of unspoiled nature happy.
Visit Brazil with Costa Cruises
Brazil is a destination that is the dream of so many travellers. Taking refuge in the land of the samba is a wonderful way to escape from the greyness of winter, perhaps with a Costa cruise that will make you enjoy not only all the comfort of a travelling holiday without the stress of packing and unpacking, but also the beauty of seeing your destinations appear on the horizon from the unique perspective of the sea. And once you get here, enjoy the sun on Brazil's most beautiful beaches!