Fernando de Noronha
- NE Brazil
Lonely Planet review for Fernando de Noronha
With its crystalline water, rich marine life and spectacular tropical landscapes, this archipelago is one of the most stunning places in Brazil. Guia Quatro Rodas Praias, Brazil's 'Beach Bible', awards five stars to just four beaches in the whole country - and three of them are right here.
The marine and coastal environment is well preserved, thanks largely to the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park and conservation projects based here.
Although Noronha used to be the domain of regulated package tours, it's now easy for independent travelers to visit. Give yourself plenty of time because Noronha is addictive. It's a wonderful place for doing things both water-based (diving, surfing, snorkeling) and on land (hiking, horseback-riding, touring), and has a reputation as one of Brazil's top 'eco' destinations.
Prices here are high due to the cost of transporting goods from the mainland. But as a guaranteed highlight of any trip to Brazil, Fernando de Noronha is well worth the expense.