Bolero at Sunset

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João Pessoa , Brazil
Praia do Jacaré
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Almost every Brazilian tourist in João Pessoa heads to the north of the city to Cabodelo (10km from Tambaú) for sunset to see saxophonist Jurandy play Ravel’s Bolero while being paddled up and down the Rio Paraíba in a small canoe. The daily event is a supremely kitschy, classically Brazilian phenomenon; some people come from Natal and Recife just for this. Don't linger afterwards – the area can get dicey once the crowds clear out.

Formerly, four over-water bars played host, charging covers of R$5 to R$8, but city licensing laws caught up with them in 2015 and some were torn down. But the show must go on! You can now buy a ticket to watch from the water on a catamaran (R$35), or watch for free from the riverside or at one of the remaining bars, which still charge the covers even though it's not technically legal to do so. Taxis from Tambaú are about R$30 each way; or ride bus 513 from Tambaú to the end of the line and transfer free to a Jacaré bus.