Praia da Lua


Manaus’ best beach has fine white sand and tea-colored water, and can be coupled with a visit to the Museu do Seringal for a nice city escape. Like all river beaches, Lua is biggest when the water is low (September to December). Beach shacks serve fish and beer at tables set up along the water.

Catch a boat to Praia da Lua (R$5, 10 minutes) from Marina Davi, just past Ponta Negra. Take bus 120 or 121 (R$3, 20 minutes) to the turnaround, and then walk or wait for the free ‘Especial’ bus to the marina.

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1. Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso

3.15 MILES

Located on the grounds of a former rubber-baron estate, this museum includes tours of the historic townhouse, a replica rubber-tapper shack and smokehouse…

2. Teatro Amazonas

10.4 MILES

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3. Museu Amazônico

10.41 MILES

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4. Catedral Metropolitana de Manaus

10.51 MILES

Manaus' main cathedral has twin bell towers and a warm yellow interior. It makes for a welcome respite from the busy streets just outside.

5. Porto Flutuante

10.57 MILES

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6. Palacete Provincial

10.76 MILES

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7. Mercado Municipal Adolfo Lisboa

10.82 MILES

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8. Centro Cultural Palácio Rio Negro

10.96 MILES

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