Best/nearest beach location from Salvador airport
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 5:35 PM Last Post By: amobr82
Dec 18, 2012 2:57 AM
Best/nearest beach location from Salvador airportHi
I arrive at the Salvador Airport at 16:30 and I would like to go straight to some pretty/hippie beach.
Ideally it would be Itacare but seems the last bus is at 16:00.
I currently think of Morro de São Paulo because it is close.
Any other hint?
Thanks in advance
Dec 18, 2012 3:51 AM
Dec 18, 2012 4:31 AM
Dec 18, 2012 5:50 AM
3Neither Morro do Sao Paulo, nor Itacare, nor hippie-in-the-60s Arembepe, nor gorgeous Guarajuba are really close enough to get to easily at that hour by public transportation (in a city you don't know). Morro would be about an hour to the catamaran dock from the airport (in rush hour traffic, probably more) and then 2 hours on the boat.
And what makes you assume that the beaches in Salvador are not pretty? If you can't wait to get your feet in the sand, I suggest farol de Itapua beach, about 10 minutes from the airport by taxi. You could even stay at the pousada Encanto de Itapoan, right on the beach.
There's a lively scene in the evening nearby, too, with stands selling acaraje and beer.
Then in the morning when you're a bit better oriented, make your travel plans.
Hope you are actually going to spend some significant time in Salvador at some point in the trip.
Dec 18, 2012 9:21 AM
thanks for the info.
I planned to do a long jump to Itacare on arrival, than doing stops along the way back to Salvador and stay in Salvador for some days before the return flight. But as you say this not feasible.
Farol de Itapua beach sounds good .
Dec 18, 2012 11:33 AM
5Well, Itacare is about 400 km, on Brazilian roads. I think there are regular buses direct to Itacare from Bom Despacho on Itaparica Island. Otherwise, from the rodoviaria (main bus station), I think you may have to change buses further down the coast, and that bus goes all the way around the bay. You get to Bom Despacho on the car ferry from Salvador (45 minutes). The car ferry dock is past the Comercio (where the bottom of the Elevador Lacerda is) and the outdoor market Feira Sao Joaquim (by bus or taxi). The bus trip itself takes about 5 hours from Bom Despacho. Águia Branca and Cidade do Sol are the bus companies that do the route.
Dec 18, 2012 12:44 PM
Dec 18, 2012 6:03 PM
Dec 18, 2012 6:26 PM
8My 6 months at Catusabba were 2 months at the house of my ex's cousin and then 4 months living in a trailer at the Camping Ecological praia de Itapua next door to the hotel Catussaba. It cost R$120/month for site fees which included power (we even had air-con in the trailer) and water. Even the low paying jobs we had were enough to cover that. It was possibly one of the most stress free times of my life.
Dec 18, 2012 6:30 PM
9Not sure how often the buses go from Bom Despacho (I think there was 3 buses going from Itacaré to Bom Despacho. So maybe 3 the other way. They probably meet an arriving ferry, so I don't like the chances of a bus. You may very well have to go via Itabuna or Ilheus. And then a further two hours from there.
Dec 19, 2012 5:32 AM
10Car ferry schedule:
This seems to be a bus schedule from Bom Despacho:
(Look at the section Via terrestre vindo de Salvador de ônibus)
Dec 19, 2012 6:44 PM
11Looks like you might have to stay the night. You could catch a late bus from Salvador to ilheus and catch a bus first thing in the morning to itacare.
Dec 20, 2012 5:21 AM
12There's only one scheduled time for (Aguia Branca) bus to Ilheus after OP arrives at the airport, at 22:44 from the rodoviaria in Salvador. There are leito (about R$150) and semi-leito (about R$80) services.
@saopedro--Thought you meant the resort, A friend of mine from Juiz de Fora tented at that campground once and liked it a lot.
Dec 20, 2012 11:00 PM
13Yeah, thats the one amobr82, it gets in at 5:30 or 5:45am. I would probably just shack up in Salvador for the night or a few nights.
I would even suggest, perhaps travel down to Porto Seguro (Arrail/Trancoso) and catch a flight from there to where ever. No need to backtrack then (unless you fly out of Salvador).
Dec 21, 2012 2:34 PM
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