Praia da Costa

Espírito Santo

This Vila Velha beach is the city’s nicest. It has fewer hotels and restaurants than Camburí, but you can swim and bodysurf. Keep a close eye on the horizon – huge supertankers often pop up with surprising speed!

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Nearby Espírito Santo attractions

1. Convento da Penha

0.63 MILES

This 16th-century convent atop the densely forested Morro da Penha is a must-see. The panoramic city views are magnificent, and the chapel (founded in…

2. Praia do Camburí

3.71 MILES

This 5km stretch of beach is punctuated by kiosks, restaurants, nightspots and midrange hotels. Don’t swim near the bridge – it’s polluted.

3. Anchieta Palace

3.99 MILES

Vitória’s grandest historic building is this former Jesuit college and church, now the seat of state government. Free 40-minute guided tours include the…

4. Parque Moscoso

4.18 MILES

Capixabas like to walk and relax in the leafy Parque Moscoso, just west of the city center.

5. Instituto Reserva Kautsky

24.38 MILES

Flora lovers should head out to this lovely mountainside reserve, established by dedicated botanist Roberto Kautsky, who cultivated more than 100 species…

6. Casa da Cultura

24.65 MILES

Opposite the first bus stop in town, this place serves as an unofficial tourist office, offering a wealth of advice about Domingos Martins and the…

7. Praia do Morro

25.76 MILES

Guarapari's best and longest urban beach is this long crescent of golden sand backed by high-rise buildings, just northeast of downtown. Be aware that its…

8. Praia do Meio

27.26 MILES

As the Portuguese name implies, this beach is right in the middle of downtown Guarapari, at the foot of a small peninsula crowned by palm trees. There are…