Praia Mole is famous for its world-class waves and internationally heralded party scene, especially among the LGBT+ community. The beach is absolutely beautiful; it does get crowded, but that’s part of the appeal. If you want less people, Praia da Galheta, the next beach north, is gorgeous as well (and clothing optional).
About 3km south of Praia Mole, the huge white dunes of ‘Joaca’ are visible for miles. These massive sandy mounds at Praia da Joaquina have inspired a new sport: sand surfing. But ideal wave conditions nearly year-round ensure surfing remains the beach's main draw. Several competitions are held here annually.