Guided Tours

Worthwhile tours in the area include hiking and bird-watching treks, canopy tours, kayaking and whale watching (in season). A handful of professional outfitters such as Portomar handle these trips and run popular excursions at low tide to nearby piscinas naturais (natural pools), where you can snorkel or scuba dive around a colorful coral reef.

Sleeping

Praia do Forte has an abundance of attractive midrange guesthouses that fill to capacity on summer weekends. Prices here are more expensive than many other destinations in Bahia, though you'll save by visiting during the week. Rua da Aurora, parallel to Alameda do Sol, has a handful of more affordable pousadas (guesthouses).

Eating

Countless attractive restaurants line the town’s pedestrian walkways, but prices are high and the food, generally speaking, is nothing special. If you're in the market for a quick lunch or a beach picnic, grab a deli sandwich or stock up on snacks at the supermarket.

Drinking & Nightlife

For the best atmosphere and value after dark, explore side streets and the casual cafes around the central plaza, where cold beer flows freely at night.

Orientation

Buses stop at the northern end of the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Alameda do Sol (also called Av ACM). Though beaches are often crowded in front of the plaza and church, find a peaceful spot under the palm trees by walking south along the coast for five to 10 minutes.

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