Itamaracá has a total area of 65.41 square kilometers and had an estimated population of 18,658 inhabitants in 2009 according to IBGE. It is located in the metropolitan area of Recife, the capital city of Pernambuco state. The main activities of the population are fishing and tourism. Recife, Pernambuco's capital is located about 38 km to the south whereas Olinda, another important city of Pernambuco, is 30 km to the south.
- State - Pernambuco
- Region - RMR (Recife)
- Boundaries - Goiana (N), Igarassu (S), Itapissuma (W), Atlantic ocean (E)
- Area - 65.4 sqkm
- Elevation - 3 m (10 ft)
- Hidrography - Small coast rivers
- Vegetation - Atlantic forest,capoeira,capoeirinha, coconut trees and mangrove
- Clima - Hot tropical and dry
- Annual average temperature - 25.3 c
- Main road - BR 101 and PE 041
- Distance to Recife - 38 km
- Forte Orange, first built by the Dutch in 1631 and rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1654 * Vila Velha, seat of the former Itamaracá Hereditary Captaincy (Church of Our Lady of the Conception, colonial houses)
- Sao Joao and Amparo "engenhos" (historic sugar mill and plantation complexes)
- Ibama's centre of sea mammals (Trichechus manatus)
- Avião island
- Currais (devices for fishing)
- Folklore: famous for a musical style known as "ciranda," of which Lia de Itamaracá is the most well-known singer
- Pontal da Ilha beach
- Fortinho beach
Has weak waves, large rocks, and not depth waters.
- Pontal de Jaguaribe beach
- Jaguaribe beach
Located in the urban area of the municipality, is two kilometers long and has several bars and restaurants. Each year held a fishing festival of garfishes. Its major attraction is the Lady Lia, a well known singer of Ciranda. Ciranda is a folklore musical style. Its a very popular beach. Urban beach with a small strip of land when at high tide. There is the cross of Our Lady of Pilar This beach is improper for swimming due to pollution.
- Quatro cantos beach
- Pilar beach
- Rio Âmbar beach
- Baixa Verde beach
- Forno de Cal beach
- Forte Orange beach
Fort Orange in English, has its name due to the presence of a Dutch fort built in 1631 and re-built by Portugueses in 1654. Its the site/point where boats and rafts cross the Jaguaribe River to the Coroa do Avião beach islet. Also, has an Ibama center of sea mammals (Trichechus manatus) for their lives preservation and studies. With its calm waters and many bars, the beach, it is a very popular destination.
- Enseada dos Golfinhos beach
Which means Dolphins bay. Has mangal vegetation and some sands banks. Good for swimming. Unlike what the name suggests does not have dolphins in this area. In Pernambuco, just Fernando de Noronha has dolphins.
- São Paulo beach
- Sossego beach
The main economic activities in Itamaraca are based in tourism, primary sector especially artisanal fishing and local commerce.
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The Itamaraca island has a judiciary asylum, a maximum security prison and a semi-open facility.
- Vocabulario Tupi
- FERREIRA, A. B. H. Novo Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa. Segunda edição. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 1986. p. 1087
- IBGE Population 2009 Itamaraca, page 33]
- Itamaraca 2007 GDP IBGE page 30
- PE State site - City by city profile