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Morro de São Paulo

Boasting postcard-pretty beaches and a lively town set amongst lush coastal jungle, Morro de São Paulo has long been a favorite weekend getaway for travelers and Salvador locals alike. Though Morro is overtly touristy, many visitors don’t care, since it’s also a fabulous tropical paradise with sandy lanes, calm waters and a candlelit nightlife scene.

Remotely perched at the northern tip of the Ilha de Tinharé, Morro’s appeal stems from its relaxed pace – no cars are allowed on the island – and unique geography: three jungle-topped hills on a point at the meeting of the mangrove-lined Canal de Taperoá and a clear, shallow Atlantic.

During the high season the village booms, dozens of vendors mix fresh-fruit caipirinhas (cocktails) on the sand, and lighthearted dancing and music enliven the beaches every night.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Morro de São Paulo.