5 Best-Kept Secret Beaches in Brazil

A practically deserted beach with turquoise sea, a row of palm tree, and sunny blue sky sounds like a perfect tropical paradise right? If the idea of super crowded beaches with hordes of tourists, loud music and vendors pushing all sorts of products on you make the dream of an idyllic vacation fade away, you should keep reading. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best-kept secret beaches in Brazil! Pack your swimsuit (or better get one down there) and let’s go!

Praia de Taípe – Bahia 

Located 450 miles from Salvador in southern Bahia, between the villages of Arraial d’Ajuda and hip Trancoso, Praia de Taípe mesmerizes its visitors. Set against pink/redish cliffs and the Mata Atlântica (coastal rainforest) this one of the best preserved beaches in the region, which is known as “The Discovery Coast” where the Portuguese settlers first arrived in Brazil.

Other beaches worth visiting: Praia de Pitinga and Caraíva.

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Galinhos – Rio Grande do Norte

Situated in the small fishing village that carries the same name, Galinhos this amazing beach is without exaggeration a slice of paradise. Once you arrive there, you have the impression the time has stopped. With a population of 2000 inhabitants, this welcoming village is the perfect destination to relax, enjoy the warm waters and great typical food.

by Lucas Simoni CC BY-SA 3.0


Praia de Carro Quebrado – Alagoas

Brazil’s Northeast is a region blessed by stunning beaches. Surrounded by colorful cliffs and turquoise sea, this almost deserted beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. It’s located just 25 miles north of Maceió, the capital of Alagoas. The access is somewhat challenging, but totally worth it!

by Cicero Omena CC BY 2.0


Praia Lagoinha do Leste – Santa Catarina

Situated on the southern region of Brazil, 21 miles from downtown Florianopolis (capital of Santa Catarina), this gem is not for the faint at heart. To get here you have to either take a (bumpy) ride on a tiny fishing boat, or hike the steep 1.4 miles trail through the rainforest from Pântano do Sul beach. It’s challenging but so rewarding! This is one the most amazing beaches I’ve ever been.


Praia da Joatinga – Rio de Janeiro

Yes, it’s possible to find a secluded beach in Rio! Blissfully quiet on the weekdays, a Praia do Joá, as known by the locals, is a small beach situated in a residential condominium and surrounded by steep cliffs. Some advice: get there early, because the high tides cover the sand erasing the beach.

by Rodrigo Souza CC BY-ND 2.0

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