Pitimbu in Paraíba has a setting rich in natural pools, estuaries and cliffs

Praia Bela em Pitimbu PB
Praia Bela em Pitimbu PB

Pitimbu is a municipality in the state of Paraíba, located in the micro-region of the South Coast and metropolitan region of João Pessoa;

The state of Paraíba has increasingly surprised tourists with beautiful beaches, such as Pitimbu, which has been a destination for the summer.

The place is occupied by just over 19 thousand inhabitants and undergoes a transformation in high season, when it receives groups of tourists from the border state Pernambuco.

Pitimbu is considered the largest seafront on the entire coast of Paraiba. There are 26 kilometres of sandy strips, 13 beaches and 4 estuaries.

And yet few know this is one of the newest tourist destinations on the coast of this state with only 138 km of coastline, squeezed between Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte.

And in the case of Pitimbu, that means having lunch in natural pools, taking quad rides along isolated beaches, hiking to viewpoints over reddish cliffs and having a destination practically all to yourself.

Although it is still a new tourist product of Paraíba, the city was already famous for the Pernambucans who landed there to escape the saturated addresses of the neighbouring coast. It is only 30 km from Goiana and 100 km from Recife.

Pitimbu PB
Pitimbu PB

In order to cope with tourists arriving during the high season, when the local population jumps from 20,000 to 60,000 people, this rustic destination has recently undergone qualification of professionals in the hotel, food and tours areas.

The city also has four estuaries, forming the most beautiful beaches of Pitimbu and by corridors of cliffs that give colour to the deserted stretches by the sea.

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Tourist attractions of Pitimbu PB

1. Praia Bela

Praia Bela is a spectacular open sea with strong, long waves over the sand at high tide. So much so that it lends itself to water sports such as surfing and windsurfing, especially with strong wind.

Praia Bela em Pitimbu PB
Praia Bela em Pitimbu PB

Praia Bela is an excellent place for those looking for leisure options, gastronomic experiences or simply rest. At 44 kilometres from the capital, João Pessoa, access is via the PB-008 and the place is just a few minutes from other hot spots, such as the naturist beach of Tambaba;

2. Pitimbu Beach

The central beach of the Pitimbu municipality of the same name is a delight for family travellers.

Praia de Pitimbu PB
Praia de Pitimbu PB

.Although busy, the strip of sand is very generous in size and the sea, even at high tide, is very calm, so much so that windsurfers also like to hit it. There is no shortage of bars to quench the hunger and thirst of the staff;

3. Barra do Abiaí Beach

Barra do Abiaí Beach has wild, calm and beautiful nature.

Barra do Abiaí Beach in Pitimbu

Those looking for peace and pure nature cannot miss the beach of Barra do Abiaí, on the fantastic South Coast of Paraiba. Just as Praia Bela, on the coast of Pitimbu, is an increasingly strong place for sun and sea tourism, its neighbour, Barra do Abiaí, also promises.   

4. Cliffs

The town also has four estuaries, forming the most beautiful beaches of Pitimbu and by corridors of cliffs that give colour to the deserted stretches by the sea.

The Pitimbu Tourism Office has catalogued the cliffs, in which it was possible to see 90 shades of colour, with a palette admired from the top of the Crooked Trees and Sound of the Cliffs viewpoints.

In the Abiaí area, many people travel on quad bikes on a 9 km long route, usually through the sand.

5. Natural pools of Farol

Located 1.5 km from the edge of Pitimbu Beach, this natural attraction can only be seen on low tide days and is an alternative for those who want to escape other natural pools, already saturated in the Northeast.

In the last summer season, a resort in the Abiaí Reserve was about to launch a catamaran that would cross to the pools on the high seas. But the most genuine experience is still to hire some of the fishermen who depart from Pitimbu Beach and prepare lunch on board.

6. Quadricycle

About an hour long, this tour covers 9 km of beaches, on a quadricycle driven by the tourist himself.

After a brief training at Praia Bela, participants are led by a guide who makes stops at the viewpoints Árvores Tortas and Som das Falésias, from where you have a panoramic view of the reddish walls that overlook the sea.

One of the stops is at Barra do Abiaí beach, where the sea meets the Abiaí River;

7. Estuaries

This transition area between the river and the sea is one of Pitimbu’s most famous sceneries.

Abiaí Estuary in Pitimbu, Paraíba, Brazil

The best structured is the Mucatu Estuary, in Praia Bela, equipped with restaurants, toilets and tours such as quad biking, zip lining over the river and kayaking.

Another option is the beautiful Abiaí River Estuary, destination of the quad bike tours that leave from Praia Bela.

More isolated and with wild scenery, the estuaries of Graú, on the border with Conde, and the Goiana River, on Pontinha beach, at the southern end of the city, complete the list of Pitimbu’s four estuaries.

8. Historic Centre of Taquara

The village of Taquara, founded by the Dutch, still from the time of Brazil Colony, was one of the main and largest centres in the past, with three churches:

    1. Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
    2. Church of Our Lady of Penha de França
    3. .The ruins of another church where today is the public cemetery of Taquara

.The Church of Our Lady of Penha de França, to which Pitimbu belongs, is located in Taquara.

A curiosity is that the three churches form a triangle and two are facing each other. In addition to the churches, what draws attention is that Taquara still continues with village characteristics, despite the passing of the years.

Our Lady of Penha de França Church.

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Penha de França em Pitimbu PB

The church was built in the middle of the 18th century and is one of the landmarks of the occupation of the southern coast of Paraíba.

In the Baroque style, the religious space features a construction technique of mixed masonry of solid bricks and limestone, also employing the traditional technique of canjicado.

The church was built in the middle of the 18th century.

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário em Pitimbu PB

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary was built in 1843.

9. Other tours

It is also possible to enjoy a snorkel to see a coral reef of fish of different species. If you are lucky, you may find a lobster and even a manatee. The route also yields good photos of groups of dolphins doing pirouettes.

In the town of Pitimbu there are 13 beaches, almost all deserted, within a radius of 26 kilometres, earning it the status of the largest seaside strip in the state.

The Paraíba municipality was once the indigenous territory of the Potiguara and Tabajara tribes, which means “eye of water of smoke”.

The Indians fished and hunted, as well as extracting brazilwood. At the time, the wood was exchanged for food with the French, who arrived in the region in the 16th century. For this reason, the place was called Porto dos Franceses, during the period of Colonial Brazil.

The Lighthouse, located more towards the centre of the coast, and the Galés Rocks, more to the south, are tourist attractions widely used for pole fishing (pindauba) and bathing.

Acaú, on the southern edge of the municipality, is characterised by the presence of mangroves and the mouth of the Goiana River, which makes a difference in the landscape in this area that borders the state of Pernambuco.

In addition to the natural beauty, this area has great ecological value for the local fauna and flora, as well as economic value for the traditional populations that live there and derive much of their food and livelihood from it, in the form of fish, shellfish, crustaceans, etc.

In general, the municipality’s coastline presents a diversity of landscapes that provide different perspectives and scenarios that contribute as potentially important natural attractions for the sustainable development of the local economy;

Pitimbu in low season

In the low season, Pitimbu is usually very quiet, an unspoilt refuge. The attractions of the small town include boat trips, lunch prepared by the fishermen themselves, and trips to the natural pools of Farol or to the neighbouring Branca do Curral, which is even more unspoilt.

The pools are located between 1.5 km and 3 km away from the coast of Paraiba, on a journey that can be done in 20 to 30 minutes.

The tours for three people, for example, include: fish with pirão, made on dry land, heated and served in the middle of the waters by the fisherman himself, and cost from R $ 120.

Accommodation in Pitimbu

The best accommodation options in Pitimbu are at Praia Bela and in its neighbouring municipality, Conde.

Those who choose to stay in João Pessoa, on the other hand, will have the advantage of enjoying the infrastructure of the capital and making a tour of the waterfront.

From João Pessoa to Pitimbu, visitors can follow the BR-101 towards the south coast of the state. When arriving in Conde, just continue along PB-008.
Whoever leaves Recife, the options are BR-101 and then PB-044. 

For those leaving João Pessoa, the journey takes almost an hour, and for those leaving Recife, an hour and a half.

It does not matter by which route to get to Pitimbu, as long as the person wakes up very early. 

Tourism Guide of Pitimbu in Paraíba and Northeast.

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