Brazilian Beaches, No.5 - Porto da Barra, Salvador 8 years ago

Brazilian Beaches, No.5 - Porto da Barra, Salvador

Finishing up our series on the best Brazilian beaches, we focus on Porto da Barra, in Salvador.

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Porto da Barra Beach is located in the city of Salvador, Brazil. It is located at the entrance of the Baía de Todos os Santos, with a small, white colonial fort at one end and a whitewashed church sitting up on a hill at the other.

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The beach hosts some of Salvador's top events, such as sports tournaments and Espicha Verão, a post-Carnival extravaganza packed with live shows. Part of the Barra district, which is located at the tip of the peninsula occupied by Salvador, and affords great views of sunrises and sunsets, Porto da Barra is at it's peak of beauty when the sun goes down.

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Going for a boat ride, playing soccer or volleyball, swimming and lingering under a beach umbrella while sipping on some fresh coconut water and slurping on an ice-pop are among the simple pleasures at this bustling urban beach.

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It's small, picturesque, usually crowded, loaded with vendors selling everything imaginable, and roughly half those present are foreigners. The bay's waters are clear and calm, and the people-watching is fantastic. To the left of the lighthouse, Praia do Farol da Barra has a beach break popular with surfers. Barra's waterfront is lined with bars and restaurants and is well lit at night.

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