Dangers & Annoyances

Surfing is prohibited at Praia Boa Viagem due to the danger of shark attacks. Swimmers there are advised to stay out of the water at high tide and not to go beyond the reef at any time. Since 1990 more than 30 shark attacks have been recorded along Recife's shores, most of them at Boa Viagem or the next beach south, Piedade.

Although crime levels have fallen significantly in recent years, Recife still has one of Brazil's highest murder rates. Tourists are more at risk from pickpockets and bag snatchers: stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you, and don't walk down unlit streets at night. Boa Viagem is arguably safer than the city center, though crime can be an issue there, too.

Police Stations

Delegacia do Turista Recife's tourist police is (perhaps unhelpfully) located in the airport only, down a hallway to the left of Luck Receptivo.

Police Boa Viagem Local police office.


The airport has numerous ATMs and exchange offices. There are plenty of banks with ATMs in Boa Viagem.

Banco do Brasil



Tourist Information

Most Recife tourist offices, known as Centro de Atendimento ao Turista (CAT), have helpful, professional English-speaking staff and can provide good city maps and other pertinent travel information.


Bus Station

Praça do Arsenal

Praça do Boa Viagem


Correios Postal services inside the supermarket building.