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End.: Av. do Farol, s/n.º - Praia do Forte
Horário: Terça a quinta das 08h às 12h30 e das 15h30 às 18h Sexta a domingo das 08h às 12h30 e das 13h30 às 17h30

Salvador Region: Salvador, Camaçari, Candeias, Dias d'Ávila, Itaparica, Lauro de Freitas, Madre de Deus,
São Francisco do Conde, Simões Filho, Vera Cruz

Entre Rios Region: Entre Rios, Cardeal da Silva, Conde, Esplanada, Jandaíra

Ribeira do Pombal Region: Ribeira do Pombal , Adustina, Antas, Banzaê,
Cícero Dantas, Cipó, Fátima, Heliópolis, Itapicuru,
Nova Soure, Novo Triunfo, Olindina, Paripiranga,
Ribeira do Amparo

Jeremoabo Region
, Coronel João Sá, Pedro Alexandre,
Santa Brígida, Sítio do Quinto

Paulo Afonso Region: Paulo Afonso, Abaré, Chorrochó, Glória, Macururé, Rodelas

Beaches (Praias)
Arembepe & Camaçari


Busca Vida
Costa Azul & Coqueiro

Itacimirim Itariri
Mangue Seco 
Massarandupió Poças||
Porto Sauípe Praia do Forte Sirbinha
Sítio do Conde  Subaúma
Just as you leave Salvador’s international airport, to the north,
starting just past Itapoã beach, begins Bahia’s famous Coconut Coast which running 251 km (156 miles) along two continuous paved highways: Coconut Road (Estrada do Coco), 73 km (45 miles) long ending at Praia do Forte where it becomes the Linha Verde (Green Line), 178 km (111 miles) long and continues north to Sergipe state. Together are officially known as state highway BA-099.

 The Linha Verde highway opened in 1993 and its name refers to the ecologically sensitive manner it was built without disturbing its ecosystems. constructed between 2 km (just over a mile) to 20 km (just over 12 miles) distant from the coastline, and intersects with four older state roads which run east-west through the region
Quatro Rodas motoring magazine’s national beach guide, “Guia Praias 1999 published rating for 26 beaches along the coconut coast ,
To describe these beaches three different classifications were used: “very beautiful,” “beautiful” and “attractive” As the sands of time are moving rapidly along the Bahia Coast we make note of only the 8 rated highest or "very beautiful." They are
Arembepe, Barra do Jacuípe Praia do Forte, Massarandupió , Barra do Itariri , Sirbinha, & Mangue Seco   

Starting near the airport and going north are 26 beautiful beaches, almost all with access roads leading from Coconut Road and Green Line. Go here for the City of Salvador Beaches

Lauro de Freitas||TOP||
Lauro de Freitas has a marina and a resort.

Ipitanga ||TOP||
This beautiful beach has reefs, dunes and light-colored sand, swimming, coral reefs, dunes, big waves

Buraquinho ||TOP||
 This beach has a lot of coconut trees, strong waves and yellow sand. Find swimming, big waves, coconut trees
Arembepe ||TOP||

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"one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil“ (magazine GEO, Spain),
with its mile long white sandy beaches.
The Hotel LAGOA e MAR (we speak English & site in 5 languages) is situated in a tropical garden on the banks of a natural lake and consists of twelve spacious circular bungalows

JauáA beautiful beach with strong waves and good conditions for surfing. When the tide is low natural pools are formed, which are good for swimming. It’s surrounded by a lagoon and enormous dunes.

At some parts reefs form natural pools when the tide is out. The southern beaches are almost deserted. In Jauá itself there are even more restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other shopping facilities and visitors can sample a host of Bahian food and drinks in any of the more than forty beach pavilions

Busca Vida ||TOP||
A beautiful beach which is accessible by foot from Jauá.

GETTING THERE: There is a daytime regular bus service between Jauá and Salvador
from the hotel: Beach 350 m; airport of Salvador 17 km (app. 20 min by car); historic town centre of Salvador 40 km (app. 45 min by car).

Interlagos ||TOP||This beautiful beach has coconut tress, big stones in the sand and a lagoon nearby. It has good surfing conditions. Access by road is blocked since it’s part of a condominium.

 Arembepe & Camaçari ||TOP||A very beautiful beach in a town with the same name that was an isolated fisherman’s village up until the 70s. In the urban areas the waves are low and have natural pools for swimming. To the north the sea becomes rougher. In this direction, 1 km (just over a half a mile) away is Caratingui village, which be-came a hippie hideout in the 70s and today there are some ex-hippies living there. Nearby is a Tamar project sea turtle post. The village has a couple of small inns  and two restaurants serving regional fare, especially sea-food dishes.
Camaçari besides being known for a petroleum refinery also a great number of preserves in its territory, like the "Cinturão Verde de Proteção do Complexo Petroquímico de Camaçari", Dunas de Abrantes and Garcia D´Ávila's Parks.
GETTING THERE: Leaving from Salvador, take Luis Viana Filho avenue, mostly known as Parallel avenue, and follow through Estrada do Coco, BA-099, until Abrantes, 42 Km far from the city center

Hotel Vivendas do Coqueiral abrir em uma nova janela - Hospedagem próxima da praia, disponibiliza piscina, apartamentos com ar condicionado, frigobar, TV, entre outros. Reservas online. Arembepe, BA.

Near and at Arembepe:
Genipabu - swimming, small waves, coral reefs, coconut trees
Abaí - swimming, coconut trees, big waves, rustic houses
Barra do Jacuípe - swimming, coconut trees, big waves
Arembepe - swimming, Tamar sea turtle post, fronts a town, hippie village nearby
Interlagos near Arembepe - swimming, surfing, fronts summer home development
Jauá - surfing, swimming, big waves, big dunes, lagoon nearby
Busca Vida - swimming, big waves, dunes

Jacuípe ||TOP||
 A very beautiful and tranquil beach with coconut trees, strong waves and clear sand.

Abaí ||TOP||
 This beautiful beach is lined with coconut trees, has strong waves and yellow sand. There are very few buildings along it.

Genipabu ||TOP||
 This beautiful beach is the continuation of the one just to the north. It has calm waves, reefs and coconut trees.
PLACES TO STAY: In the nearby Piruí development are two inns, one with 48 rooms, the other with 22 rooms.

Praia do Forte ||TOP||
located 80 km (50 miles) north of Salvador
This little town is now more tourist than fisherman but itDownload continues to retain its low key on all three of its streets, none of them paved, Here you will find many pousadas, some located right on the beach
The perfect 13km (8-mile) stretch of beach is thickly lined with palm trees, and the clear blue waters reveal coral reefs and natural pools at low tide. Known as the "Brazilian Polynesia", Praia do Forte has so many leisure options that it is hard to know where to start.   Praia do Forte also offers an excellent infrastructure with many inns and large resorts.
Especially for Kids by Fodors--
"Kids will love the beach at Praia do Forte; the waves are gentle, the water is warm, and the sand lovely. They can run for miles and not get into trouble. To keep them busy around the clock, at least for a few days, the Praia do Forte Resort is perfect. Trained staff organize all-day kids' activities, including outings, hikes, and games that will keep them entertained while parents can have some time off. A must-see is the Projeto Tamar; a number of activities and exhibits are geared towards a younger audience, and those baby turtles are awfully cute." more

BEACH:  strong waves, coral reefs, clear and loose sand. The beach is excellent for snorkel diving and other nautical sports such as sailing, swimming, and wind surfing. There are 12 kilometers of beaches surrounded by dunes, coconut groves and tidal pools.

DownloadTamar sea turtle project
national headquarters that nurses the just hatched tortoises,
later to be released into the sea. The nursery is a Worldwide Fund for Nature project, open to the public with a small admission fee to cover some of the costs of the facility. During the summer months, Dec.-Feb., the baby turtles, when they are a couple weeks old, are taken to the beach at night to swim out to sea. The village is part of an urbanization project that seeks to preserve the primitive flora and fauna found in the area. Around the village are lagoons, small streams and waterfalls.   From December to March thousands of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, and with the right timing visitors can witness the miraculous hatching of the tiny turtles. In February a turtle nest hatches out almost every day.

Castelo dos Garcia d’Ávila
On a hilltop overlooking the village are the ruins of the only medieval castle built in South America—Castelo dos Garcia d’Ávila—dating from 1556. The castle was the home of Portuguese settler Garcia d’Ávila, who brought the first head of cattle, mango and coconut trees to Brazil for his farm. It was the first farm in the country, covering an area that extended north to what is now Maranhão state, some 1,500 km (932 miles) away. Due to the castle’s strategic location, allowing for an excellent overview of the sea for many miles around, the castle served as a lookout point for schooners sailing toward Salvador.
If an unidentified vessel appeared offshore, a horseback-mounted runner was dispatched to Salvador to alert the city of its approach.

 natural tidal pools: These tidal pools Lorde and Papa-gente are formed by huge coral reefs with about 36 miles of length and 3 meters of depth. It is possible to dive and observe the marine biodiversity South of the resort there are numerous mangroves and the Sapiranga Reserve   (a 600-hectare (1,500-acre) reserve of tropical Atlantic rainforest) with its unique flora and fauna which meets the rapids,  mangrove swamps and swimming holes on the Pojuca River. Just north of town is where most of the reefs and natural pools form at low tide.
Horseback riding
The "Centro Hípico Praia do Forte" offers at least three different routes.
São Francisco de Assis Chapel, which has panels painted by Carlos Bastos.
Windsurf There are competitions of the sport on the beach.

Carnaval  the little Village is completely packed for Carnaval with celebrants who like more nature and less volume than the world's largest street celebration in Salvador offers. New Years also books up well in advance at inflated rates.

Praia do Forte has become a Bahian Carmel-by-the-Sea/ecological reserve, a place which has retained "reality" in the sense that it is not only tourists who spend time here, but Salvador residents as well.
Praia do Forte by bahia-online:


Praia do Forte by
There are cell phone signal and public phones. No banks but a Banco do Brasil ATM exists & many places accept Visa.

Good diving and surfing on good waves

Near the village is the 200-room eco-resort and many inns, ranging from 5 to 20 rooms. It also has many rustic restaurants serving regional fare, specializing in seafood.
Centro Turistico at Alameda do Sol s/n (tel. 071/676-1091 their web site now redirects into the Centro Turistico which is a travel agency travel agency presents

Praia do Forte Eco-Resort 5*

Porto Zarpa Hote



MONEY: There are no banks in Praia do Forte. There's a Banco do Brasil ATM, at Alameda do Sol

GETTING THERE: located 80 km (50 miles) north of Salvador. Within the 1st km1 of Green Line, right just after the end of the Coconut Road' A sign points the way to 1.5 kilometers trip on a cobblestone street.
by plane
Near the castle is a landing strip for small aircraft.
by bus
Nossa Senhora das Graças bus company provides a regular bus service between Praia do Forte and Salvador, leaving from the Salvador Rodoviaria. Buses run almost every hour between 6am and 6pm.  tel. 071/676-1607 Takes about 2.5 hours
Santa Maria - Catuense (450-4004). Ticket price (one-way) is R$7.40, and the journey takes one hour and forty minutes. Buses leave at 5 times /day seven days a week.
by taxi
anywhere in the city of Salvador for R$45 (US$15) per person or R$40 (US$13) per person from Salvador airport.

Imbassaí •••||TOP|| (hour and a half away 63km  from Salvador and only 13km from Praia do Forte.)

The name Imbassaí, which in Tupi means "watercourse", was Downloadgiven by the first indian inhabitants of the region. This is a perfect name because the area is full of rivers that run along dunes until they meet the ocean.

BEACH: The river Imbassaí (aka Barroso) runs parallel to 6 km of beaches surrounded by high dunes and offers a refreshing post saltwater swim on its calm waters and  making it possible to swim in either fresh or saltwater. . On the sand stretch between the beach and the river there are many beach huts that offer cold beverages, snacks and the traditional "acarajé". The access to the beaches is only possible for pedestrians, thanks to the rivers that form a natural obstacle for cars.
Find strong waves and clear sand.
GETTING THERE: The site is 1 km (just over a half of a mile) away from Linha Verde (Green Line), with a dirt access road.  The city is situated in the "Linha Verde Environmental Protection Area", which is located 63km far from Salvador and only 13km from Praia do Forte.

Imbassaí by 
Good leisure options and bathe are the river "Pequeno Imbassí" (Small Imbassaí), the waterfall D. Zilda and the pond Jauara.  rent kayaks to use on the river. At Pond Jauara you can also dance some "samba" with Mrs. Alaíde who, in spite of her 19 children, still dances the afro music very well. walk to Santo Antonio village inhabited by fishermen and descendents of Indians.


Imbassai by BookHostels Bahia Coast

GETTING THERE:  one hour by car from the International Airport of Salvador. The BR-101 highway goes straight  to Imbassaí.

Guarajuba ||TOP||
 On this beautiful beach there are rough waves and also calm ones and nearby is a lagoon. It runs along an large urbanized summer home development with the same name, which is part of a environmental-protected zone.
PLACES TO STAY: In Guarajuba village is a beach hotel built like a Polynesian structure, surrounded by 30 cabanas (including a tennis court and soccer field); as well as a 16-room inn
. The village has hundreds of summer homes, paved streets and sidewalks, as well as shops and restaurants.

Itacimirim ||TOP||
 This beautiful beach has calm waves and yellow sand, that is the site of a many summer homes, most of which are built around a small bay formed by reefs protecting the middle stretch of the waterfront. The bay is popular with wind surfers and small craft sailors.
South on this bay is an area called Praia da Espera (Waiting Beach), where young Brazilian navigator Amir Klink landed in 1984 after crossing the South Atlantic from Angola, Africa, in a one-man covered rowboat, taking less than a 100 days. A commemorative marker is placed at Klink’s landing site, just off the beach, among some coconut trees. Nearby, just off the south reef, is a natural port for some 15 small fishing boats.
PLACES TO STAY: Just after leaving the Coconut Road going towards the beach is a 144-room resort that’s situated on the banks of the Pojuca River, close to where it flows out to sea.

Porto Sauípe 70 km from Airport (SSA)||TOP||

One of the largest tourist complexes in Latin America
opened in 2000. Five luxury hotels surrounding a new beach town anchor this new  first class beach resort area. The 6 new inns, are all of them built with inspirational architecture using themes like carnaval.

Sea turtles are also protected at Costa do Sauípe, in a
partnership established with the Tamar/Ibama project About 10% of the sea turtles monitored by Tamar Project give birth in this area; 

Costa do Sauípe has a complete sports structure: The Golf Links at Costa do Sauípe have an 18-hole course with a 300-yard driving range and a 300 square-meter putting green The Vila Nova da Praia Kid´s Club has specialized instructors who assist with fun activities. There's even an equestrian center. The nautical center offers access to either the lagoon or the sea. 

South America’s first mega resort complex with beautiful beach with lots of coconut trees, dunes, big rocks, reefs. It has a fishermen’s village and some beach-side bars. When the tide is low, swimming pools form along the beach near the village.

BEACH: Its waves are strong and its sand is fine and loose

Subaúma - swimming, Tamar sea turtle post, coral reefs, big waves
Entradas - swimming, isolated, dunes mixed with forest
Massarandupió - swimming, fishing village, sea turtle nesting

FISHING: The area is ideal for offshore fishing including badejos (sea bass), garoupas (groupers), vermelhos (red snappers), and olhos-de-boi (amberjacks).

GETTING THERE:  located 4km (2½ miles) off Linha Verde, with access by paved road.

A spectacular planned complex with five resorts that share a shopping/entertainment "village", golf course, equestrian facilities.
 Costa do Sauipe is on the Bahia coast
enjoy on-property windsurfing, boogie-boarding, and many land activities; or venture out for "eco-tours" or a day-trip to historic Salvador The beach for the Costa do Sauipe complex extends over five miles Beyond these resorts are the shops, restaurants, and "pousada" inns of the Vila Nova da Praia "village. Mostly visitors are Brazilians still. All-inclusive resort is a great option for a hassle free family vacation
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  • Pousada Maresia, Telefone: 71-9971-8679
  • Pousada Vila dos Coqueiros, Telefone: 71-9965-6817
  • Massaranduba, Fone: 71-99890795
    Rua do Sossego,25-Caminho da Barra
Entre Rios:||TOP||
Massarandupió- This very beautiful beach is straight, with clear and fine sand, strong waves, and coconut trees. It has a fishermen’s village and an inn
. There’s a 1km (over a half-mile) distance from the access road and the beach. This area is full of dunes, isolating the area that’s environmentally-protected, since it has a Tamar sea turtle post.

Massarandupió is a favorite hangout for nudists 
GETTING THERE: Between Porto Sauípe and Subaúma, access to the beach area is by a 10-km (6-mile) dirt road.

Entradas ||TOP||
This is a stretch of beach between Massarandupió and Subaúma without road access, but can be reached by walking from those nearby beaches. It’s deserted with white and fine sand, and plenty of dunes that are mixed with the tropical Atlantic Coast forest.

Subaúma ||TOP||
 A beautiful straight beach with strong waves and fine white sand. It has reefs and natural swimming pools, as well as coconut trees and summer beach houses. This beach is very popular
during the summer season (Dec.-Feb.) Tourist may rent a jangada (a rustic raft) for paddling around the calmer areas of the beach. Public restrooms are available for bathers. It also has a Tamar sea turtle post. It’s located at the end of a 8-km (5-mile) paved road running from Linha Verde.
Fishermen’s village with just a few bars.

Baixio (or Palame) ||TOP||
 This beautiful beach is straight, with strong waves, clear and soft sand, and coconut trees.   Access is by road from Linha Verde, which is 8 km (5 miles) away.

The Itariri River flows by the village toward the sea, making a very wide curve, where a huge dune, covered with coconut trees, is isolated by water, resembling a huge monument.
Barra do Itariri ||TOP||
This very beautiful beach is located 9 km (5½ miles) from the Green Line, on a dirt road. It’s straight, with clear and fine sand, dunes and coconut trees. It has a small fishing village and some summer houses.
 There are some bars and beach-side stands selling drink and food during the summer season.  The next beach to the north—Sítio do Conde—can be reached either by going back to the paved Green Line highway, or by taking a 16-km (10-mile) long dirt/sand road running along the beach.

PLACES TO STAY: There are two small resorts located on the beach.

  • Pousada Praia de Subaúma, Telefone: 71-433-1023

  • Pousada Subaúma, Telefone: 71-433-1033

  • Pousada Rio Mar, Telefone: 71-433-1006

  • Pousada da Praça, Telefone: 71-433-1012

  • Pousada Kasebre, Telefone: 71-433-1036

Sítio do Conde ||TOP||
On this beach there are reef barriers forming natural pools for swimming when the tide is low. It’s straight, with coconut trees, loose white sand, various sea shells, and strong waves. It has a little village for fishermen and workers who process coconuts, and subsistence farmers. Fishing here includes camarão (shrimp), lagosta (lobster), badejo (sea bass), olho-de-boi (amberjack) vermelho (red snapper), and arraia (stingray). At Sítio
In this region are tropical wetlands mixed with beaches running some 40 km (25 miles) along the coastline (where the following three beaches are located). The region has plenty of coconut trees and mangroves, dunes, rivers, and lagoons—all part of an ecological refuge. The area is ideal for jungle camping along its Itapicuru River, that flows through the region. Boat trips may be taken on the river to view the wetland’s flora and fauna.
PLACES TO STAY: there are three inns
GETTING THERE: Access to the beach is by paved road that first goes through the town of Conde (pop. 18,695), located 3 km (almost 2 miles) off the Green Line highway, and going a further 7 km (just over 4 miles) to the sea.

Poças ||TOP||
 This beautiful beach has similar characteristics to the others in the Conde region: it’s straight, has clear sand, strong waves, and coconut trees. There’s a natural port for boats of fishermen living there and in nearby villages. Boats and motorized canoes may be rented for a short trip just off the coastline.

Sirbinha ||TOP||
 This very beautiful long beach is straight with clear sand and strong waves, and many coconut trees. There are many rustic houses along the beach. Access is by a picturesque road and trail by Poças beach, where it runs north along the coconut tree-lined coastline. From Sirbinha‘s beach it’s possible to walk further north to the next beach—Barra do Itapicuru—which is 2 km (just over a mile) away.

Barra do Itapicuru ||TOP||
 This beautiful beach, with clear and fine sand and many sea shells, is located at the mouth of the Itapicuru River. It has strong waves and lots of coconut trees. In the river there’s good fishing for bagre (catfish). Just up river is a tributary—Pirangi River—where at a place called Cavalo Russo (Black Horse) there are excellent conditions for swimming in an area surrounded by white sand dunes. If you walk there, make sure you wear tennis shoes to protect your feet from the hot sand. The best bet is to rent a boat to get to know this beautiful area.
GETTING THERE: from the Linha Verde, through Conde via Sítio, a 22-km (14-mile) trip.

Barra do Itapicuru - swimming, fishing, sea shells, big waves
Siribinha - swimming, big waves, coconut trees, rustic houses
Poças - swimming, canoeing, big waves, fishing village, coconut trees
Sítio - swimming, fishing, coral reefs, sea shells, rustic village
Barra do Itariri - swimming, dunes, coconut trees, rustic village

Costa Azul and Coqueiro ||TOP||
These two beaches have fine white sand, framed by coconut trees and small dunes. Their clear waters are blue and are inhabited by various fish such as robalos (snooks), cações (hammer head sharks) and arraias (stingrays). Between the two beaches, at low tide, it’s possible to see the wreck of a steamship sunk during World War II.
 GETTING THERE: Access is by dune buggy.
Mangue Seco
 The beach is 1½ km (almost a mile) away from the village.

Mangue Seco ||TOP||
 This very beautiful beach is 30 km (18 miles) long and quite deserted, located at the northeast tip of Bahia, just across from the stateline with Sergipe. It became very famous after the site was used to film several chapters in a TV novela (an extended dramatic series) based upon Jorge Amado’s book “Tieta do Agreste.” The beach has high dunes, coconut farms, sand banks and man-groves. The dunes are in constant movement and cover coconut trees, threaten houses, a church and squares in the local village. The dunes serve as a “sand skiing” area, using coconut tree splints for skis.

 During the summer season, tractors pull small wagons to transport tourists over the dunes to the beach. It has white loose sand and strong waves. Near the beach are rental dune buggies for a short ride around the area.

GETTING THERE: The best way to get to Mangue Seco is by the way of Sergipe. As the Green Line ends, connecting with a state road on the other side of the border, one continues on for 8 km (5 miles) to Indiaroba.
From there one must turn off toward Pontal on a 12-km (7½-mile) long dirt road. Once in Pontal, cars are left there, while passengers catch a boat (from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm) to cross the Real River to Mangue Seco. The village has an inn  and restaurant.


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