Guarujá

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For neighbourhood in Porto Alegre, Brazil, see Guarujá, Rio Grande do Sul.

Coordinates: 23°59′37″S 46°15′23″W / 23.99361°S 46.25639°W / -23.99361; -46.25639

Estância Balneária de Guarujá
"Pearl of the Atlantic"
"Pearl of the Atlantic"
Nickname(s): Pérola do Atlântico (Pearl of the Atlantic)
Motto: PRO MARE NOSTRUM (For our sea)
Location in São Paulo, Brazil
Location in São Paulo, Brazil
Country Brazil
Region Southeast
State São Paulo
Founded June 19, 1934
Anniversary June 30
Government
 • Mayor Maria Antonieta de Brito
Area
 • Total 142.589 km2 (55.054 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 296.150
 • Density 2,076.94/km2 (5,379.2/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Postal Code 11400-000
Area code(s) +55 13
Website Prefeitura Municipal de Guarujá

Guarujá (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡwaɾuˈʒa]) is a municipality in the São Paulo state of Brazil. The population in 2006 was 305,171, the population density is 1,969.47/km² and the area is 143 km². This place name comes from the Tupi language, and mean "narrow path". The population is highly urbanized.

Geography[edit]

Guarujá is located in Santo Amaro island, situated in São Paulo shore. Its main economic sources are seasonal tourism and port related activities.

Guarujá is a popular weekend destination for families from São Paulo, who can get there driving in less than one hour (through the Imigrantes highway). Traffic gets heavy during the evening on the holidays.

Guarujá has a borough called Vicente de Carvalho, in tribute to the Parnasianist poet.

A nickname for the city is "The Pearl of the Atlantic".

Guarujá is known for its famous beaches such as Guaiúba, Tombo, Astúrias, Pitangueiras, Enseada, Pernambuco, Perequê, São Pedro, Tijucopava, Iporanga, Praia Branca and Praia Preta.

Economy[edit]

Guaruja, its history, infrastructure and proximity to the country's most populous city, provides strong attractive real estate and tourism. Much of the region on the coast, the beaches near the center (mainly Asturias Pitangueiras, Enseada, and Tombo) are taken by buildings devoted to the seasonal population, who arrives mostly in summer. Tourism, therefore, is the most important component that moves the economy. The other part, relevant and non-seasonal, comes from the port (left bank of the Port of Santos) and related activities, such as transportation. Due to its proximity to Cubatao (largest industrial district in the country) and ports, there is also interest in industrial occupation in the region, started in 1976 by Dow Chemical, still the only major industry to occupy the region. According to the IBGE of 2006 the production of wealth in the service area in the city, added that year, U.S. $ 1.820 billion, equivalent to 0.14% in participation in the Brazilian GDP.

Sister city[edit]

Sports[edit]

The Estádio Municipal Antônio Fernandes is a football (soccer) stadium located in the city.[2] Associação Desportiva Guarujá play their home games at this stadium. Bosnian national football team, popularly called the "Golden Lilies" or "Dragons" picked Guarujá as their base during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estimativas - Contagem da População 2007". IBGE. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Estádio Municipal Antônio Fernandes" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 

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