Beaches near Recife for lively 40 somethings
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 27, 2012 1:36 AM Last Post By: Anna28
Aug 20, 2012 7:22 PM
Beaches near Recife for lively 40 somethingsAsking TTree forum for advice. Girlfriend and I are going to wedding in Recife first week of October. Before the wedding looking for a little beach vacation. We both like diving, a little nightlife (not major discos) - quiet bar on the beach. Looking for the best, most beautiful beach to go to within reasonable driving distance from Recife. We love comfort and a good Pousada with swimming pool, good food would be nice, perhaps even a little luxury.
We originally thought about going to Fernando de Noronha, but too expensive. Porto de Gallinas seems like a good place if not a little touristy, and hotels don't seem extraordinary. Maragogi looks like an option, but the beach doesn't seem that nice there. Farther south, there is Sao Miguel dos Milegras, but outside the hotel there doesn't seem to be anything - diving, nightlife. Is this correct? Are there any other places that we are missing?
Aug 21, 2012 12:15 AM
Aug 21, 2012 9:37 AM
2Porto de Galinhas, an hour to the south of Recife, shouldn't be too crowded in October. The beach is nice, there's a lot of activities, and some places to go at night. There are also other options between Recife and there, like Calhetas and there's also a nice resort. Forty-five minutes to the north, you could consider Itamaraca, a nice beach with an old Dutch fort and a manatee project. You could go further north to the oft-overlooked city of Joao Pessoa too, which has nice beaches and lots of bar/restaurants along the river. Be VERY careful driving in any of those areas, and maybe consider taking the convenient, comfortable buses.
Aug 21, 2012 12:36 PM
3Maceió, the capital of Alagoas State, is also a good option... cheap place with nice beaches and enough options of restaurants/bars. Praia do Gunga in Maceió is one of the best beaches that I've been to.
From there you can take a day-trip do Maragogi, which is a beautiful place.
Aug 22, 2012 8:55 AM
4Porto de Galinhas is the closest destination to Recife that springs to mind. It is a bit touristy true, but it is beautiful. Fernando de Noronha is not touristy, it is gorgeous but as you said expensive - it is unbeatable for diving though and a truly unique experience. But this is not a destination for nightlife.
In Recife try the old town it has live bands playing on certain nights and you can get a truly brazilian music experience. Also great little bars in Olinda, old colonial town, just 30 mins from Recife truly beautiful.
Pipa as suggested above is rather far from Recife, that would be an option if you were in Natal. I would disagree with the comment on lack of nightlife. Pipa is a little party place, can be a bit quiter around October but still plenty of bars and options.
Aug 22, 2012 2:10 PM
Aug 27, 2012 1:36 AM
6I just came back from Porto de Galinhas and I would highly recommend it. August is the low season and yet from Wednesday to Sunday it was quite lively and yet not too crowded. The beach is beautiful and there are many activities. You can visit the natural pools or go to nearby beaches (Muro Alto, Praia dos Carneiros) that are just as beautiful. We went to Maragogi for a day trip and I would not recommend to stay there, as I didn't think the village was so nice - but the day trip was worth it to visit the natural pools 6km into the sea. I think there are many pousadas with swimming pools in Porto de Galinhas, we stayed at Condominio Oasis das Flores which was very pleasant (it's basically an apartment with a kitchen, no breakfast included).
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