Beaches on the South Coast of Pernambuco

south coast of Pernambuco
south coast of Pernambuco

The 110 kilometers of the southern coast of Pernambuco are home to Cape St. Augustine a Sao Jose da Coroa Grande, one jewel after another, beaches that succeed each other with the same irresistible appeal of white sand, turquoise sea and the “tall coconut trees” mentioned in the State's anthem.

The people are hospitable and frank, the table is plentiful and colorful, the temperature mild and the mood up there.

Access to the beaches that follow is via the BR-101 to Cabo and, from there, via the PE-60.

There is also no lack of fun on the menu: buggy rides, raft rides towards the famous natural pools, which allow direct contact with marine fauna, bar service and snacks that follow the visitor into the water.

There is no way to remain indifferent to this gift that nature has given to be enjoyed by Brazilians and foreigners.

Whoever goes once wants to come back every time.

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Beaches on the South Coast of Pernambuco

Coral Cove

Enseada dos Corais Beach
Enseada dos Corais Beach

Clear sand, clear and warm waters, Enseada dos Corais is a popular place for people who want to spend the summer on the beach.

The place has traces of Atlantic Forest, in addition to an abundance of coconut trees. It was formerly known as Praia do Boto.

Paiva Beach

Paiba Beach in Pernambuco
Paiba beach

Praia do Paiba is located in the municipality of Cabo de Santo Agostinho. Its landscape is made up of a dense strip of coconut trees, blue sea and white sand.

Bathing is more suitable at low tide, as the presence of reefs forms small natural pools.

The beach has attracted the attention of large hotel groups for its great beauty and there are already projects for the construction of resorts, currently a large luxury condominium has been built on the site, a bridge and a highway were also built to improve access for those coming from Recife.

It used to be a beach with difficult access, in a way, this factor contributed to its preservation. Today there is a bridge that directly connects the beach to the municipality of Jaboatão dos Guararapes.

Its waters are very clean and usually attract scuba divers. A highlight is the clay lake, where people soak themselves in mud to rejuvenate their skin.

Itapuama Beach in Pernambuco
Itapuama beach

Itapuama beach

In addition to the natural pools, the sea offers stretches of good waves, much sought after by surfers.

Fishing is another activity often performed on Itapuama beach, considered a beach to enjoy with the family: summer houses predominate in the place.

Pedra do Xaréu BeachPedra do Xaréu Beach

It's a beach with rocks and natural pools. The beach receives its name due to the large quantity of Xaréu fish, which is very popular in this region. It has some kiosks on the edge.

Gaibu beach

Gaibu beachGaibu beach is one of the best known on the Pernambuco coast, located in the municipality of Cabo de Santo Agostinho. Its crystal clear sea makes it great for bathing and surfing.

Very famous beach for surfing and for the luxurious resorts and hotels. One of the main attractions of Gaibu is the rock climb to enjoy a beautiful view of the sea.

Calhetas Beach

Calhetas Beach in Pernambuco
Calhetas Beach in Pernambuco

The small beach of Calhetas, surrounded by coconut trees and stretches of Atlantic Forest, is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

It's worth enjoying the sea bath – be careful only at high tide, when there may be currents –, take a boat trip along the Massangana River to visit the mangrove swamp and taste the crustacean-based dishes prepared by the natives and served on the beach.

In Tupi, Calhetas means 'small inlet'. The beach, which once served as a port for Portuguese troops at the time they were fighting the Dutch, has a short strip of sand, made up of some stones. It is a place of calm waters, where diving and underwater fishing are practiced.

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach in Pernambuco
Paradise Beach in Pernambuco

Praia do Paraíso was formerly the place and was better known as Praia da Preguiça.

The names already exemplify everything, as it is a great place for rest, leisure, in addition to having a wonderful view.

It's worth climbing to the top of the hill to see, from above, the beautiful view of Suape and the islands of Tatuoca, Outeiro and Cocaia, located on the Massangana River.

Suape Beach

Suape Beach in Pernambuco
Suape Beach in Pernambuco

A beach of great beauty where the Porto de Suape is located, the waters of the Massangana river also meet the sea. At low tide, you can see the ruins of Fort Pontal.

Muro Alto Beach

Muro Alto BeachA beautiful beach, named after a 3 meter high sand wall. The beach has some natural pools and famous resorts.

It is a preserved place and a great tour option. Its name originated because of the presence of a sand wall with coconut trees.

Praia de Muro Alto has luxurious resorts, in addition to having a natural pool with two and a half kilometers in length.

Port of Chickens

Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco
Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco

Port of Chickens it's sun, sea and a setting to remember.

One of the most famous postcards of Pernambuco, elected nine times as the best beach in Brazil by the readers of Viagem & Turismo magazine, Porto de Galinhas is a scene to remember and visit whenever you can.

Just 64 kilometers from Recife, the resort is known for its duet between sun and sea amidst the beautiful natural pools of warm and transparent water, where it is possible to take raft trips and practice sports such as diving.

But it's not just shade and fresh water that you live in Porto de Galinhas, the place is also a stronghold of young people and tourists, as it has a very busy night life, and lovers of good food, especially seafood, with highlight for the Beijupira restaurant.

Restaurants, bars, designer and handicraft stores, inns, the infrastructure of the region is not second to any other beach in Brazil, quite the opposite, since the resort also brings together the best hotels and resorts in the country.

The beach was named with that name, as in the past, after the abolition of slavery, the place received slave ships. To elude inspection, people said that the ships were shipments of chickens from Angola.

Maracaipe Beach

Surf paradise and natural beauty

Maracaipe Beach in Pernambuco
Maracaipe Beach in Pernambuco

Maracaípe Beach is located just 75 km from the city of Recife, Maracaípe is recognized as a beach rich in environmental reserves.

The preservation of the mangrove on this beach has always been on the stage of discussion between environmentalists and natives, who avoid talking about large constructions on the beach, which has been growing with each passing year.

Due to the large number of people who now frequent the neighboring beach of Porto de Galinhas, Maracaípe has been chosen by tourists to rest and enjoy the tranquility of the place.

The location is reminiscent of the Pacific Islands, such as Tahiti, in French Polynesia.

Stage for national and international championships, Maracaípe beach, with its rough sea and waves that make surfing easier, is a real stronghold for surfers and hippest youngsters.

In addition to surfing, the strong waves also allow for sports such as kite surfing. For those who prefer just a dip in the sea, catch up on their tans and leave the waves to those who understand, the bars in Marcão and Mônica are the most popular.

In the summer season, Vila de Todos os Santos – which brings together great options in bars – is usually the stage for events, bringing together many beautiful people in the greatest flirtatious atmosphere.

With a coastal strip graced by coconut trees and white sand, Maraca – as it is affectionately called by its visitors – is a true synonym for the expression 'natural beauty'. Don't miss the sunset at the Maracaípe point, where the river with the same name as the beach flows into the ocean. On the banks, there is mangrove vegetation.

Serrambi beach

Serrambi Beach in Pernambuco
Serrambi Beach in Pernambuco

Serrambi beach does not have the bustle of its neighbor (Porto de Galinhas).

It is a place for you to rest, relax and enjoy nature. Great for a walk in the late afternoon, or for a delicious swim in the natural pools formed by coral reefs, which give this beach its charm.

Discover the “Piscininha”, where a part of the coral cliffs lets the water pass, forming a small pool when the tide runs dry.

Boat trips will take you to know the ecological sanctuary of the Serinhaém River, with mangroves and a scenery that deserves to be in your photo album.

It is a beach with a beautiful look and is much sought after by those who enjoy diving, as in deeper waters there are shipwrecks, including steamships, galleons, corvettes and freighters.

Several summer houses extend along the shore. A hundred meters from the beach there is a large formation of corals and the waves are good for surfing lovers.

Toquinho Beach

Toquinho Beach in Pernambuco
Toquinho Beach in Pernambuco

Toquinho beach has a barrier reef similar to that of Muro Alto beach.

At the site are the waters of the Sirinhaém river with the sea. The beach is just a few kilometers from the island paradise of Santo Aleixo, a mandatory itinerary on boat or speedboat tours.

Barra de Serinhaém beach

Barra de Serinhaém in Pernambuco
Barra de Serinhaém in Pernambuco
map Barra de Serinhaém in Pernambuco
map Barra de Serinhaém in Pernambuco

Barra de Serinhaém is a quiet place, frequented mostly by vacationers and the local population. Its bucolic landscape with coconut trees and undergrowth makes it the ideal place to rest.

The sea, which serves as the estuary for the Serinhaém river, is calm for most of the beach's length (almost 6 km), except in areas where the river's influence generates strong waves, especially at high tide.

The beach has an infrastructure of bars and some inns in the surroundings.

The great attraction is that the boats depart from here at low tide towards the small and paradisiacal island of Santo Aleixo.

Guadalupe Beach in Pernambuco
Guadalupe Beach in Pernambuco

A concrete fact is that the beauty makes the place a great choice for those who want to get out of the routine of going to Porto de Galinhas, Serrambi, Carneiros and other more popular places. A View of the very calm Sea, protected by reefs, white sand and immense coconut trees, is sought after by those who like to camp, as it is practically deserted.

It's a very calm beach and little frequented. To the south, you can see a vast coconut grove and the beautiful Praia de Carneiros.

To the north, it borders Gamela Beach. Guadalupe is a good choice for resting on the southern coast of Pernambuco. It is 3 km long and has a high sand strip, forming a kind of wall covered by little undergrowth.

See also other features The beauty of Santo Aleixo Island in the municipality of Sirinhaém

Carneiros Beach

Carneiros Beach in Pernambuco
Carneiros Beach in Pernambuco

Carneiros Beach Recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, the beautiful beach brings to its visitors warm and transparent waters where natural pools are found, the beach is almost untouched even with the construction of a resort that somehow improved the infrastructure of the place the beach it is wild and deserted which makes it a paradise for those looking for peace and quiet.

It is not as frequented as the neighboring beaches, such as Porto de Galinhas and Tamandaré, which perhaps guarantees an even more special charm to the place.

There is Ponta dos Manguinhos, a projection of land towards the sea that forms a peculiar design with coconut trees and natural pools.

The beach is the result of the meeting between the sea and the Formoso river.

Tamandaré Beach

Tamandaré Beach in Pernambuco
Tamandaré Beach in Pernambuco

Tamandaré Beach it is a very busy beach, as it has a large concentration of kiosks on the shore.

During dry tides, there are numerous natural pools, where aquariums are formed and fish can be observed without wearing a mask and snorkel, as the water is crystal clear.

In the summer season, concerts with nationally renowned artists are common, which attracts hundreds of people to the place.

Porto beach

Porto Beach in Pernambuco
Porto Beach in Pernambuco

The difficult access to this beach should not be an impediment for you to get to know it. After all, a single coconut tree stuck in the middle of a rocky islet isn't something you see everywhere.

Because of this detail in the landscape, Praia do Porto became known as “Ilha do Coqueiro Solitário”.

There is only one bar there, which bears the same name as the soap opera, and serves a mouth-watering aratu (type of crustacean). The beach has beaten sand, dark water (due to the contact with the river, seaweed and mangrove area) and good for swimming.

Várzea do Una Beach in Pernambuco
Várzea do Una Beach in Pernambuco

Várzea do Una beach

Várzea do Una beach is in a bay with a good stretch of sand and a sea of ​​strong waves. Despite being only 120 km from Recife heading south, access is a bit difficult and is usually done by crossing the Una River by boat.

It is ideal for underwater fishing and also for surfing due to its strong waves.

Gravata Beach

Gravatá Beach in Pernambuco
Gravatá Beach in Pernambuco

Gravatá beach, like Várzea do Una, is considered one of the best on the northeastern coast for underwater fishing.

The place is still quite virgin, with a mixed vegetation of coconut trees and mangroves. A good stretch of sand and a sea of ​​weak waves.

Sao Jose da Coroa Grande beach

São José Coroa Grande in Pernambuco
São José Coroa Grande in Pernambuco

Its name comes from the crowns – rock formations – that appear at low tide and create huge natural pools.

Sao Jose da Coroa Grande beach it has warm and calm waters, and is very good for camping and spearfishing. There are a few bars on the waterfront, and restaurants with seafood dishes.

Distant 120 km from Recife. Access: BR-101 South, PE-60. São José is just a few kilometers from the border with Alagoas; entering Alagoas, just a few kilometers away is the city of Maragogi, whose beaches also attract many visitors.

São José da Coroa Grande is bordered by coral, sandstone and limestone algae reefs that are located close to the coast and are part of the Costa dos Corais Environmental Protection Area, the largest marine unit in Brazil, with 413.562 ha and more than 7.000 years of training.

Tourism and Travel Guide to Beaches on the South Coast of Pernambuco

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