Baía da Traição has beautiful beaches, an itinerary rich in historical curiosities

Bay of Betrayal PB
Bay of Betrayal PB

Baía da Traição is a municipality located approximately 90 km from the capital, João Pessoa, on the north coast of Paraíba.

The municipality covers an area of ​​102,4 km² and had 8 inhabitants in the last census. The population density is 993 inhabitants per km² in the territory of the municipality.

Neighboring the municipalities of Marcação, mataraca e Lucena, Baía da Traição is located 20 km north-east of Rio Tinto, the largest city in the surroundings.

The name Baia da Traição It happened when a Portuguese vessel, anchored here and its sailors attracted by the young Indians, and the Indians feeling invaded, slaughtered the Portuguese.

Currently, Baía da Traição, for its beautiful beaches, is very popular with tourists from all over Brazil.

Most of the houses in the urban area belong to vacationers, generally from Guarabira, Rio Tinto (Paraíba), Mamanguape, Campina Grande and João Pessoa. 

There are several restaurants and inns in Baía da Traição to serve tourists.

The city is more frequented by tourists during the summer season, when it is overpopulated. The main meeting point not only for tourists but also for the population (especially the younger population) is the central square of Baía da Traição. 

Its carnival, which is part of the tourist calendar of the Empresa Paraibana de Turismo, is one of the most popular in the state.

The beach is the natural feature most sought after by tourists, but that's not all, as there are beautiful lakes and rivers in the municipality.

The most famous lakes are;

  1. Lagoa do mato
  2. Lagoa Encantada
  3. Aldeia Perdida, which has a lagoon that is secluded and surrounded by amazing vegetation

There you can find the Curumim Indian, so known. It offers tourists the toré dance and handicrafts on the banks of the lagoon. 

The strong, with its beach and its famous view of the cannons, attracts many tourists to the place, being considered one of the most beautiful points to look at the Bay.

The strong point of tourism in Baía da Traição is undoubtedly the presence of Indians.

crafts and dance they are the identity of the potiguares and can be found in all the villages of the reserve belonging to the municipality. Among many, we can highlight: 

  1. strong village – Toré Forte exists in this community; indigenous association that received the Indigenous Culture Award in 2007, which values ​​encouraging everyone to practice culture; in the same, we find the toré dance and handicrafts; 
  2. Map of Paraíba Beaches
    Map of Paraíba Beaches

    Galician village – the tourist is also offered dance and handicrafts; it stands out for its typical food and for the trail that goes from the other side of the village to the sea. 

  3. In terms of crafts and dance, there is also the San Francisco village, the most characteristic in terms of indigenous physical traits.

Paraíba has accommodation in indigenous huts

With 32 villages spread across cities like Traição Bay, Marcação and Rio Tinto, the north coast of Paraíba is the indigenous version of the state.

In addition to agriculture and fishing, the Potiguara have recently begun to dedicate themselves to community-based tourism.

okatu is a different camping, where guests stay in traditional indigenous huts in front of the sea, in Alto do Tamba village, in the municipality of Baía da Traição.

The site has nine huts made from coconut palm straw, which can fit up to a tent, in addition to structures such as hammocks, a restaurant and an area for toré presentations, as the sacred ritual of those indigenous people is known.

The history of Paraíba is present in the municipality of Baia da Traição, where in 1501 navigators anchored in the port, scene of bloody battles between the Potiguara Indians, inhabitants of the land, and the Portuguese who wanted to colonize the place.

The municipality of Baia da Traição is very rich with several environmental itineraries and scenarios at points for tourists, such as cliffs, coral reefs, mangroves, paradisiacal beaches, rivers with crystal clear waters, historical ruins and the largest indigenous reserve of the Potiguaras Indians, whose inhabitants preserve and maintain the customs.

Baía da Traição is part of the Potiguaras Trails, and is located on the North Coast, between the municipalities of Mataraca, Marcação and Rio Tinto, approximately 90 km from João Pessoa.

Tourist Points of Baía da Traição PB

1. Baía da Traição Beach

Baia da Traição Beach PB
Baia da Traição Beach PB

The main beach in the region, which bears the name Baía da Traição, was one of the main access points for the Dutch when they tried to invade Brazil with the help of local indigenous tribes – the origin of the name of the city, given by the Portuguese.

In addition to the rich history, the beach has calm waters and a nearby reef, which form a beautiful landscape. It also has excellent infrastructure, with restaurants and bars on the waterfront.

2. Coqueirinho do Norte Beach

Coqueirinho do Norte beach in Paraíba
Coqueirinho do Norte beach in Paraíba

Coqueirinho do Norte is a beach in the municipality of Marcação, in the state of Paraíba. One of the most beautiful beaches on the Paraiba coast and which is the birthplace of the meeting of the waters of the Caieiras River with the Sea.

A beautiful and unexplored beach. one of the most beautiful beaches on the north coast, it has a fishing village and there are boats that take you to Barra de Mamanguape, for the manatee project!!

Coqueirinho do Norte beach has a homonym in coast of Conde, on the south coast of Paraíba: the Coqueirinho beach ou Coqueirinho beach.

Moreover, depending on the Coqueiro do Norte, Appointment, is also called Coqueirinho do Sul.

3. Praia das Trincheiras

Praia das Trincheiras in Baía da Traição PB
Praia das Trincheiras in Baía da Traição PB

Praia das Trincheiras is one of the places that most carries the local history of the colonial era. It was on this beach that the Portuguese made trenches to contain the advance of the Dutch troops. In addition to the historical context, the beach has a beautiful landscape, natural pools, a lighthouse and, during low tide, a wide sand bank so that visitors can relax.

4. Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte in Baía da Traição PB
Praia do Forte in Baía da Traição PB

Located near the central square of Baía da Traição, Praia do Forte is on indigenous reserve land.

In this place, it is possible to contact the cannons that protected the coast in the past, in a high point of the beach that facilitates the visualization of the environment. In addition to historical relics, the beach also has beautiful cliffs and a rough sea, full of waves, ideal for those who want to surf.

5. Tamba beach

Tambá beach in Baía da Traição PB
Tambá beach in Baía da Traição PB

Like the vast majority of beaches in the Potiguaras reserve, Tambá beach is beautiful, deserted and wild. At the top of the cliffs is the Galego village, which recently had its name changed to Aldeia Alto do Tambá, where you can buy indigenous handicrafts. 

5. Barra de Camaratuba

Meeting of the river with the sea in Barra de Camaratuba, in Mataraca in PB
Meeting of the river with the sea in Barra de Camaratuba, in Mataraca in PB

Located in the municipality of mataraca, to 110 km of João Pessoa and very close to the limit with the Rio Grande do Norte, this fishing village is considered the last district on the north coast of the state and boasts attractions such as beaches with a strip of sand that marks the limits between the sea and the river, walks through lagoons, trails inside a mangrove swamp and visits to indigenous communities.

The beach, which has high and “brava” tide, is known for having one of the best spots for surfing and kite surfing in Paraiba. The site has hosted several national sports championships and offers classes to visitors.

A Camaratuba Bar it is located in the extreme north of Baía da Traição and, for that very reason, has characteristics of the dunes that are typically found in Rio Grande do Norte.

See also other features Tourist points of the municipality of Mataraca PB

6. Enchanted Lagoon

Enchanted Lagoon in Baía da Traição PB
Enchanted Lagoon in Baía da Traição PB

One of the main attractions in the region is the Enchanted Lagoon, much sought after by tourists for its beauty.

The lagoon has practically transparent waters, which are ideal for bathing and, together with the preserved nature that surrounds it, gives the place a special charm. To get there, you have to go along the trails of the cliffs of Cardosas, in a light walk of approximately one hour.

7. River of Gozo

River of Gozo in Baía da Traição
River of Gozo in Baía da Traição

The Gozo River is a very popular place for the potiguara indigenous people, as well as for tourists.

With transparent, very calm waters and a well surrounded by riparian forest, this river has an incredible view, complete with a swing that guarantees a lot of fun. It is possible to swim, observe marine life and even cool off in the waters of the river, which is within the area of ​​Aldeia Tracoeira.

8. Ruins of the Church of São Miguel Archangel

Ruins of the Church of São Miguel Archangel in Baía da Traição PB
Ruins of the Church of São Miguel Archangel in Baía da Traição PB

The ruins of the Church of São Miguel Arcanjo, formerly considered a cultural heritage, is also a very popular place for tourists.

Before with an impressive beauty, today what remains of the church are the remains of the construction.

Despite its current state, this was once an important city landmark, which ended up falling into disrepair by the community. However, it is still possible to glimpse the beauty that was characteristic of the construction.

The Church of San Miguel Archangel, built between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, is a symbol of the Catholic presence of the Portuguese colonizers, signifying the relevant landmark of the territorial occupation of Brazil.

Its symbolic value is associated with religiosity, with the myths that underlie the construction of important aspects of the Potiguara cultural identity, linked to the colonization process in that region.

The very location of the building is an indication of the strategies used by foreign religious leaders, probably to establish power and sociability relations, when they entered the indigenous territory, in their efforts to dominate and “civilize” them. 

9. Aldeia do Alto do Tambá or Alto do Tambá

Alto do Tambá village in Baía da Traição
Alto do Tambá village in Baía da Traição

Also called Aldeia Galego, this is one of the villages of the potiguara people and has a deserted beach with wild nature.

The village is concentrated on top of the cliffs that surround the beach and is one of the places to buy indigenous handicrafts and try the local cuisine, with sweets made from native fruits. In addition, from there you can have a beautiful view of the coast to the horizon.

10. Strong Toré

Toré Forte in Baía da Traição PB
Toré Forte in Baía da Traição PB

Within Aldeia Forte, Toré Forte is an indigenous association that focuses on the cultural appreciation of the community.

At Toré, visitors can have contact with artistic expressions from the village, such as potiguar dance, very famous in the region.

In addition, it is also possible to discover and buy handicrafts from the village there – a great way to have a souvenir of your trip.

11. Potiguara trail

The route on the coast of Paraíba reveals a rich indigenous heritage by the sea.

Potiguara Indian in Baia da Traição
Potiguara Indian in Baia da Traição

Community-based tourism in villages in the region of Baía da Traição combines beautiful natural landscapes with the culture of the potiguara.

The potiguara, who have always been there, now want to show themselves to Brazil.

90 km from João Pessoa, the north coast of Paraíba has 32 villages scattered in the municipalities of Baía da Traição, Marcação and Rio Tinto, where about ten thousand indigenous people are dedicated to agriculture, fishing and tourism. 

Indigenous crafts left everyday use to become a tourist product.

treason bay, one of the oldest centers of colonization in Paraíba, has been growing with its genuine community-based tourism. It has a cliff beach and river bathing, a coconut wheel and religious ceremonies, as well as tapioca, beiju and all the other foods that the earth offers. 

Old Portuguese cannons in Alto do Tambá
Old Portuguese cannons in Alto do Tambá

The first stop is at Aldeia do Forte, home to a handicraft center among former Portuguese cannons in Alto do Tambá, on the scenic Praia da Aldeia.

Between the mouths of the Camaratuba and Mamanguape rivers, 40 km of sand stretch under multicolored cliffs that lean into the sea with rough waters on beaches such as Cardosas, Coqueirinho and Trincheiras, whose dunes were shelters for the Portuguese in the fight against the Dutch, in 1625.

But the best of tourism happens on the riverside.

The tour along the Sinimbu River starts at Camurupim village, in the municipality of Marcação, and continues through attractions such as the trails in the mangroves of Ilha do Amor and the sunset at Barra do Mamanguape, district of Rio Tinto.

At low tide, it is also possible to follow artisanal shellfish fishing on a sandbank, where Sinimbu meets Mamanguape.

Incidentally, the source of Sinimbu is one of the most beautiful scenery in the destination.

Potiguara Indigenous Lands and their respective villages
Potiguara Indigenous Lands and their respective villages

This watercourse in the village of Tracoeira is known as Rio do Gozo, due to the crystalline and cold waters that give a feeling of relief to those who enter this shallow river, equipped with leisure facilities, a waterfall and even a wet swing.

Despite having most of its territory in indigenous reserves, Baía da Traição does not have anyone “dressed as an Indian”, much less presentations of dubious taste to entertain tourists. There, you can see what there is to see the way it is, hundreds of years ago.

One of the busiest stops on the buggy ride is at Alto do Tamba village, where Angelina and her family make around 300 tapiocas in a single summer day. You can also try stuffed beiju and “grude” (pasty dough with coconut baked in banana leaves).

Not far from there, 4 km from the center of Baía da Traição, is the okatu, an unusual camping site with nine coconut palm straw huts in front of the sea and equipped with hammocks, a restaurant and an area for toré presentations, the sacred ritual of the Potiguara.

In Marcação, you can stay at Nova Cozinha, the first inn in an indigenous area in the region, on the banks of the Mamanguape River, in Tramataia village.

In recent years, the various villages that have opened up to tourism have also organized activities such as presentations of coco de roda and pajelança rituals, in the orange village.


The main access to Baía da Traição beach, both for those coming from João Pessoa or Pernambuco and for those arriving from Rio Grande do Norte, is via the BR 101 and then the PB 041, passing through Mamanguape and Rio Tinto.

For those who want to stay in the beach area, there are inns, several bars and restaurants that maintain a gastronomy derived from seafood, ice cream parlors, accredited professionals to make buggy rides and also to take tourists to the trails in less frequented areas of preservation and conservation.

Tourist Guide to Baía da Traição in Paraíba

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