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Top Choice National Park in Maranhão

Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses

Maranhão's premier attraction, this 1550-sq-km national park encompasses expanses of white sand dunes that run along the coastline for more than 70km and up to 50km inland. The park is also home to beaches, mangrove…
Top Choice Seafood in Atins & Caburé

Restaurante do Antônio

Get yourself here by foot, horseback, car, boat, on a tour or any way you can to experience the wonderful grilled shrimp at this rustic culinary destination 7km west of Atins. The location, isolated between the dune…
Top Choice Brazilian in São Luís

Cabana do Sol

This huge two-story picture-windowed 'cabin' is a memorable spot for Maranhense cuisine. It’s pricey, but the enormous standard portions can serve four, and there is a limited menu for two diners. The specialty is c…
Top Choice Buffet in São Luís

Restaurante Senac

Showpiece for the São Luís branch of Brazil's best-known cooking school, this place gets packed at lunchtime for its superb all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes a big salad bar and eight or 10 hot meat and seafood…
National Park in Carolina

Parque Nacional da Chapada das Mesas

One of Brazil's newest national parks, Parque Nacional da Chapada das Mesas is renowned for its dramatic flat-topped rocky bluffs (the mesas, or tables, of its name); it also boasts many beautiful waterfalls, canyon…
Natural Pool in Carolina

Poço Azul

Near the small town of Riachão, this complex boasts two of the most impressive attractions in the region on one property. Poço Azul is a translucent blue swimming hole surrounded by forest, while the immense 70m-hig…
Museum in São Luís

Casa do Maranhão

Set in the former customs house built right on the river mouth, this informative and colorful museum is dedicated to Maranhense culture and features a great collection of costumes and props from Carnaval and Bumba M…
Museum in São Luís

Casa do Nhôzinho

At the eclectic and fascinating Casa do Nhôzinho, you can see a collection of ingenious fish traps, rooms featuring Maranhão indigenous artisanry, and hosts of colorful, delicate Bumba Meu Boi figurines made by the …
Cultural in São Luís

São João & Bumba Meu Boi

These festivals are combined and get underway in late June with most of the action taking place in the historical center. The latter celebrates a legend of the death and resurrection of a bull with music, dance and …
Brazilian in Barreirinhas

Restaurante Bela Vista

Pull up a table on the breezy wooden deck overlooking the river at this excellent local restaurant and choose from a variety of fantastic typical plates. It's all good but the fish dishes are especially tasty. Porti…