Arraial’s prime attractions lie along the shoreline. Centrally located Praia dos Anjos has beautiful turquoise water but a little too much boat traffic for comfortable swimming. Favorite beaches within a short walking distance of town are Prainha to the north of town; Praia do Forno (accessed by a 1km walking trail from Praia dos Anjos) to the northeast; and the vast Praia Grande to the west, where wilder surf races in off the open Atlantic.

There are several other stunning beaches along the mountainous peninsula just south of town. For near-aerial views, and the best sunset in the area, climb up to Pontal do Atalaia, a popular viewpoint at the top of the peninsula that also makes an excellent spot for whale watching in July and August.