If you’re dreaming of fun under the sun in Brazil, the beaches in Rio de Janeiro aren’t the only stretches of sand that should be on your radar, particularly if you’re looking for something a little more peaceful than Rio. Boa Viagem beach is located in Recife, in northeastern Brazil. With beaches that stretch for over five miles, there are many places to kick off your shoes along this part of the coastline. The most popular of all the Recife beaches is Boa Viagem, and one special feature of the beach that attracts many visitors is the fact that it is lit up at night, allowing for a swim under the moonlight.
You might be wondering about the best time of year to plan a trip to Boa Viagem beach. The summer months in Brazil last from December through March, and during this time hotels can be quite full. The fact that this beach is lit up at night tends to attract a younger crowd, especially during the summer. Despite the popularity of the summer months, the water here remains a comfortable 77 degrees all year long. No matter what time of year you arrive, you can always go for a refreshing swim in the Recife beaches.
Boa Viagem beach is also known for more than its golden shores and night swimming. Visitors will be able to choose from a list of hotels in a range of budgets, as well as outdoor cafés and restaurants. A younger crowd is attracted to the booming nightclub scene, which serves as the main social life for locals. If you get unlucky with a rainy day at this beach, one popular excursion is to the Shopping Center Recife (one of the largest in all of Brazil) with over 450 stores.
Back on the sandy shores, there are many ways to spend a day at Recife beaches. These beaches are known for low tide when scenic natural pools form all along the coastline. Curious travelers will trek out on the reefs during low tide. All visitors should beware not to venture beyond the reefs as there have been incidents of shark attacks in the area. After all this exploration you might work up a bit of an appetite. If you want to sit down at a proper restaurant you will have to cross the beachfront avenue. Visitors happy with a snack from a local kiosk can enjoy coconuts, raw oysters, fried shrimp, ice cream, and more.
Visitors looking to stay active during their trip can join locals on the jogging trail or get competitive for a game of beach volleyball. Some travelers might wonder about the safety of these beaches. The truth is, because Boa Viagem is so popular with tourists, it is also heavily policed. You can feel safe while soaking up the sun and going for a swim at this beach. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available on the beach, and with the strong sun, you might desire some shade for an afternoon nap. Be sure to agree on a price for the beach chair before sitting down, as sometimes prices can be jacked up for tourists. If you want to explore even more Brazil beaches, be sure to check out the Fortaleza beaches, Balneario Camboriu, the beaches of Sao Paulo, and more.