With its fine beaches along the stretch of coast closest to São Paulo, once-glamorous Guarujá has suffered from overdevelopment. Still, if you can’t get further afield, it makes a good getaway from the ‘other’ big city – even if concrete towers line the beaches, which get packed with weekend day-trippers. A recent cleanup of waters and sands has renewed interest in a town that was the extreme of chic back in the ’70s. Surfers should note that there are good waves along Praia do Tombo.
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Private Tour: Coffee and Beaches Day Trip from São Paulo
Take a São Paulo day trip to the city of Santos, famous for its coffee exports, and hang out at several island beaches in nearby Guarujá. With round-trip transport by private vehicle, your expert guide will take you past the Santos Port on a tour of the Coffee Palace, site of Brazil’s coffee stock exchange and museum.