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One account suggests the area is named after Mr Vieira who owned a sugar cane plantation in the town, but historically it is more likely that it was named for a variety of cane cultivated in the region, known in Portuguese as "cana-viera". A 1786 map identifies the beach as "Praia Cana Vieiras".
During the summer Canasvieiras is popular with tourists, specially those from Argentina but also those from Chile and Uruguay, because of the calm seas and the nightlife. The area has accommodation, bathhouses and shops (many of which have bilingual attendants) and a police station and health clinic.