Praia do Leão

Fernando de Noronha

The wildest of Noronha's big three, broad and rugged Praia do Leão is perhaps the one place that best encapsulates Noronha's impressive isolation. It's a long stretch of golden sand fronted by gradually darkening blue waters that reach out to a pair of rocky islands just offshore.

On the mainland a beach of this quality would be lined with vendors selling coconut water and cocktails but here it's almost always empty.

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2. Baía do Sancho

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3. Baía dos Porcos


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5. Forte dos Remédios

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