Cocoa Coast

Costa do Cacau (Cocoa Coast) is always marked by the exuberant presence of the Atlantic Forest and comprises the municipalities of Ilhéus, Itabuna, Uruçuca, Itacaré, Una, Canavieiras and Santa Luzia.

Tourism on the Cocoa Coast

The Cocoa Coast is one of the tourist destinations located in the State of Bahia, characterised by the presence of cocoa plantations and the Atlantic Forest, with kilometres of beautiful beaches, waterfalls with clear and mineral waters, centenary trees, the greatest biodiversity in the world, natural nursery of exuberant fauna, multicoloured birds, trails leading to natural sanctuaries, caves, lagoons and little-visited beaches, many still deserted and modern tourist infrastructure with luxury hotels, bars and restaurants and high quality beach huts.

Historical towns on the Cocoa Coast such as Ilhéus offer, besides top services, beautiful beaches and the nooks and crannies described by its most illustrious writer, Jorge Amado, creator of Gabriela, the greatest symbol of the beautiful and hospitable way of its dark and cheerful people.The Hydromineral Resort of Olivença, district of Ilhéus, where you can enjoy the place all year round.

At the Tororomba Spa are the springs of ferruginous and medicinal waters that revitalise the body, moisturise, tone and rejuvenate the skin giving a natural tan. Itacaré, 70 kilometres north of Ilhéus, is bathed by streams, most notably the Rio de Contas, which rises in the south of the Chapada Diamantina. Una is the only natural habitat of the golden-faced lion tamarin, a primate highly threatened with extinction. Comandatuba Island, home to an international hotel complex and the Ilha da Fantasia resort.

Canavieiras on the Cocoa Coast still stands out as the largest fishing ground for sea bass and merlin in Brazil, which attracts sport fishing enthusiasts to the place.

Itabuna is a regional centre for commerce, industry and services and is the birthplace of the writer Jorge Amado.

Santa Luzia is home to caves, rivers, waterfalls, wells, lagoons and rock walls. At the beginning of the century, the search for monazite sands led to the diamonds of Salobro, the largest diamond exploration in southern Bahia, as an Eco-tourism Route of the Cocoa Coast. Santa Luzia because the waters that bathed the locality were dark, the municipality of Uruçuca was born.

In this municipality are the Itacaré / Serra Grande Environmental Protection Area and the Serra do Conduru State Park, the third largest biodiversity in the world and numerous attractions, such as: Fazenda São Tomé, Cachoeira do Zé Maria, Poço do Robalo, Serra Grande Dam, all beaches are located in the Serra Grande district.

Cocoa Coast

Report about Itacaré in Bahia

Itacaré has a charming landscape, formed by a sequence of beaches, whose nature is still practically untouched by man, with hills covered by forests and many coconut trees. It is the first beach of the “Costa do Cacau”, on the coast of Bahia, south of Salvador. Situated between the sea […]

Cocoa Coast

Cacao – History and Evolution

When the first Spanish colonisers arrived in America, cocoa was already cultivated by the Indians, mainly the Aztecs in Mexico and the Mayans in Central America. According to historians, the cacao tree, called cacahualt, was considered sacred. In Mexico, the Aztecs believed it to be of divine origin and that […]