The Pernambuco coast has 187 kilometres (116 mi) long plus the Fernando de Noronha islands coast. In Pernambuco are located dozens of beaches of all types, from virgin to urban ones. Below, list of Pernambuco beaches by municipality, from the northernmost Carne de Vaca beach until Coroa Grande at the south end.
- 1 Goiana beaches
- 2 Itamaracá Islands beaches
- 3 Igarassu beaches
- 4 Paulista beaches
- 5 Olinda beaches
- 6 Recife beaches
- 7 Jaboatão beaches
- 8 Cabo de Santo Agostinho beaches
- 9 Ipojuca beaches
- 10 Sirinhaém beaches
- 11 Rio Formoso beaches
- 12 Tamandaré beaches
- 13 Barreiros beaches
- 14 São José da Coroa Grande beaches
- 15 Fernando de Noronha Islands beaches
- 16 Gallery
- 17 References
- 18 Videos
- Carne de Vaca beach
Which means in English beef meat is the first beach from the North coast of Pernambuco. Has a narrow sand strip, small waves and, when at low tides banks of sand before the natural reefs . It is located in a small village with few homes and a vast area of coconut trees. To the North, is the mouth of the Goiana River and to the South, is the small Doce river.
- Pontas de Pedras beach
- Barra de Catuama beach
This beach still retains some of native atlantic forest vegetation.
- Catuama beach
Has clear water, reefs and wet sand. At low tide, there are sand banks, stones and natural pools. It is located close to the village center, where is a church in devotion to Nossa Senhora da Penha - Our Lady of Penha.
- Atapuz beach
- Tabatinga beach
Itamaracá Islands beaches
- 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 kilometres long and has several bars and restaurants. Each year held a fishing festival of garfishes. Its major attraction is the Lady Lia, which is the most well-known singer of Ciranda. Ciranda is a folklore musical style. It is a very popular beach.
- Quatro cantos beach
Which means four cornes beach. Urban beach and when at high tides, just have small sand strip.
- Pilar beach
Urban beach with a small strip of land when at high tide. There is the cross of Our Lady of Pilar.
- 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. It is the site where boats and rafts cross the Jaguaribe River to the Coroa do Avião beach islet. Also, has an Ibama centre of sea mammals (Trichechus manatus) for their lives preservation and studies. With its calm waters and many bars, the beach 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 there are no dolphins in this area. In Pernambuco, just Fernando de Noronha has dolphins.
- São Paulo beach
- Sossego beach
- Gavoa beach
Considered excellent for water sports, has shallow water and is located at 13 km east from the city center. Together with Forte Orange beach, are the only places available to reach Coroa do Avião Islet beach. It is a very popular destination.
- Coroa do Avião Islet beach
Famous sandbar islet, in the middle of the Jaguaribe River delta, which can be reached only by boat or raft, from Itamaracá or Gavoa beach. Its name means, Airplane crown. The islet has many luxurious summer houses. Due to its beauty, it is considered a hotspot.
- Mangue seco beach
Also known as Captain's beach, is about 1500 metres long and, when at low tide, the waves retreat approximately 500 metres. Its name means dry mangal.
- Conceição beach
is two kilometres long with many coconut trees, has calm and very deep water. It has many bars and tents.
- Pau Amarelo beach
Has quiet water and formation of sand banks, which give rise to small sandbar islets and natural pools. Has many bars, tents and pousadas - traditional bed & breakfast, especially at the Pau Amarelo Fort, built in 1719. It is a very popular destination.
- Janga beach
Urban beach with artificial reefs to protect the shore, polluted in several stretches.
- Maria Farinha beach
has quiet and shallow waters. At low tide, it is possible to see the reefs and the beach almost does not have waves. Host one very popular and large water park – the Veneza water park. Also, is a good place to do hang gliding walks. Has very good touristic infrastructure, with many bars, restaurants, hotels and pousadas. It is the most famous Paulista beach.
- Rio Doce beach
Urban beach, with numerous bars and restaurants. It is an area of coastal erosion, though, its name means sweet river.
- Casa Caiada beach
- Bairro Novo beach
Located in the hononymous neighborhood of Olinda means new neighborhood. Today, it is currently divided into several mini-beaches, due to the construction of artificial reefs to contain the advance of the sea. The swimmer must be careful because there is rapid change in depth.
- Farol beach
In the urban area, polluted and less frequented.
- Carmo beach
- Milagres beach
- Del Chifre beach
In the outskirts of Olinda. It is a beach located at an isthmus between the Beberibe River and the sea. This beach is polluted and offer potential risk of shark attack.
- Brasília Teimosa beach
It is an urban beach, less frequented due to the proximity of the Recife port.
- Pina beach
Located in one neighborhood of Recife with the some name, it is an urban beach with weak waves. Well developed and frequented due to its proximity with Boa viagem beach.
Boa Viagem is a neighbourhood in the city of Recife, Pernambuco located in the privileged southern zone of the town. The neighbourhood has one of the most visited beaches in Brazil, Boa Viagem beach. If you are in Recife and looking for a very good beach but do not want to take a long journey to get there, Boa Viagem is the best choice. Located in the privileged southern Recife metropolitan area, Boa Viagem is the most important and frequented beach in town. It is protected by a long reef wall and has an extensive coastline of seven kilometres, where is possible to practise almost all sports.
It has a very well developed touristic infrastructure with many of the best hotels, restaurants and bars of the city. Also has one international Airport and one of the biggest shopping centers in Brazil and South America – Shopping center Recife. Pina from Recife, Piedade and Candeias from Jaboatao are the closed beaches which directly benefit from the proximity of Boa Viagem beach, totalling 16 kilometres of high quality life.
- Piedade beach
Urban beach with strong waves, has 4.5 km long. Adjacent to Boa viagem beach, has a very well developed infrastructure with many bars, restaurants, luxury hotels and other equipment.
- Candeias beach
Urban beach, well developed but occasionally a bit polluted.
- Barra de Jangada beach
Urban beach, with some traditional infrastructure.
Cabo de Santo Agostinho beaches
- Paiva beach
Much sought for the practice of surf, has warm and transparent water, vegetation of Atlantic forest and coconut trees, and small natural pools formed between the rocks. Does not provide any visitor services.
- Itapuama beach
- Xeréu beach
- Enseada dos Corais beach
Means coral bay, it has natural reefs and weak waves. The services are just a few bars and restaurants.
- Gaibu beach
High waves and wide range of sands in its 3 kilometers length. Good for swimming but, it requires attention because of the existence of deep areas. At high tides is good for surfing. It has very good infrastructure, with several hotels, hostels, bars, restaurants, etc. Together, with Porto de Galinhas and Itamaracá beaches are part of the most exciting beaches in the Northeast coast of Brazil.
- Paraiso beach
Which means Heaven, it is a tiny beach (little heaven) about 30 meters long and stuck between large rocks. The reefs make the sea almost without waves and that is the reason for the name.
- Suape beach
Virtually without waves and little deep sea, is considered excellent for water sports. At low tide, there are sand banks. It is located in the Suape region close to the industrial and port complex of Suape.
- Camboa beach
Although deserted, this beach has in its 800 metre length, quiet and little deep waters, natural pools, coconut trees and mangal vegetation. The access is difficult due to the estuary of Merepe River, just by dune buggy, bike or walk from Cupé beach.
- Muro Alto beach
As with Camboa Muro Alto is difficult to access. It has a wall of natural reefs about 2 km long, which formed a huge natural pool without waves. Its name means High wall due to the presence of the high reefs, is very good for canoeing and kayaking. Has hotels and Pousadas (Bed & Breakfast).
- Cupé beach
Beach with 4.5 kilometers long involved in coconut trees, has numerous summer's houses, luxurious hotels, pousadas, hostels, bars and restaurants. Has one part of its coast protected by natural reefs, with the formation of natural pools. In the other part, where does not have reefs, the sea is choppy with strong waves, which requires care by the bathers.
- Porto de Galinhas beach
Famous for being one of the most beautiful beaches of the Brazilian coast, due to its landscape. It is 6.5 km long with warm clear water pools scattered around its coral reefs, almost no waves, estuaries, mangroves, coconut trees and a number of other samples of abundant nature richness make Porto de Galinhas the most exciting beach in Pernambuco. Also, has dozens of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, luxurious hotels, pousadas, stores, teachers of diving and summer houses for rent. Also, is very good for canoeing and kayaking. It has been elected as the best Brazilian beach in Brazil for the eighth time in a row by the readers of Travel & Tourism magazine. How to get there: can be reached through Highways BR-101 Sul, PE-060, PE-038 and PE-09.
- Pontal de Maracaípe beach
It is a fluvial - marine beach at the estuary of the Maracaípe River. The predominant vegetation is mangue. The beach is often used for water sports as canoeing and boat trips. Also, it is possible to find services to rent kayaks, banana boats and buggies.
- Maracaípe beach
It is considered a paradise for surfers, has deep waters and huge waves. Maracaípe hosts a phase of the Brazilian Surf Tournament and one phase of the international surf calendar. Coconut trees, fine sand and a rich mangal vegetation completes the landscape. It is highly frequented by surfers and is a very popular destination.
- Serrambi beach
This is the most sought state beach for scuba diving due to the presence in its waters of remnants of several shipwrecks. The vessels are from different historical periods: since the Colonial Brazil (500 years ago) until the major world wars. It has reasonable service of restaurant and bars.
- Gamela beach
Beach of clear water, reefs and extensive areas of coconut trees. It has some bars and Palhoças (tents) offering typical food of the region (based in fish and seafood).
- Guadalupe beach
Still almost virgin, it is 3 kilometres long and part of the Gold Coast Project, created to develop in a planned and environmentally way the potential of one extensive coast area since Cabo de Santo Agostinho until Maragogi in Alagoas.
- Barra de Sirinhaém beach
Rio Formoso beaches
- Pedra beach and Reduto beach
- Boca da Barra beach
At low tide is formed natural pools. Good for swimming, has a dense mangrove vegetation in the estuary of Canoa quebrada River. It is possible by walking, to reach the Mamocambilhas beach in Barreiros.
- Campas beach
With its 3 kilometres length, it is good for swimming, and in front of the Marinas hotel, the sea allows natural anchorages of boats. Has a good touristic infrastructure, where is possible to rent equipment such as jetski, banana boats and boats.
- Tamandaré beach
Urbanized, with its two kilometres expanse of sand and a good number of touristics facilities. Has small waves and fine sand, considered by many as the best beach for bathing and swimming in Pernambuco. Easy to reach from Recife and Caruaru, is one of the shelters for those who want to get rid of the large urban centers life style.
- Carneiros beach
- Porto beach
Perfect for those who loved wild beauty. It is surrounded by three large rocks, and the beach is practically deserted. It is the most difficult beach to reach in all state and one of the most beautiful. To get at this beach, the visitors just have two ways: by buggy from Barreiros town centre ( 7 km ); the other way, in a walk from the nearby beach of Varzéa do Una (5 km). Will be installed in this beach a large resort complex called The Reef Club, with four thousand flats by the end of 2009.
- Mamucabinhas beach
São José da Coroa Grande beaches
- Gravatá beach
Located in a region considered one of the best on the northeast coast for the practice of underwater fishing. Although still primitive, has vast areas of coconut trees, mangrove vegetation and weak waves.
- Barra da Cruz beach
As Gravatá beach and Várzea do Una, is located in an excellent area for hunting underwater.
- Várzea do Una beach
- Coroa Grande beach
Fernando de Noronha Islands beaches
Fernando de Noronha is an isolated group of 21 volcanic islands approximately 545 km from Recife. The main islands are the visible parts of a range of submerged mountains, islets and rocks. The Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha hosts ecological sites ideal for exuberant marine animal life, due to its geographic location far from the continent and well within the path of the Southern Equatorial Currents, as well as the nature of its climate. How to get there: by plane or cruise from Recife or by plane from Natal. An small environmental preservation fee is charged from tourists upon arrival, by Ibama. Below, list of Noronha beaches or bay.
- Sancho beach
- Conceição beach
- Cacimba do Padre beach
One of the most famous of the islands, has two adjacents beaches (Americano and Bode beaches). This beach is ideal to practise surfing due to its strong waves. It is part of the International and National calendar of surf every year. Also, from there is possible to see the famous Noronha postcard - Morro Dois Irmãos or two brothers rocks.
- Golfinhos bay
Which means dolphins bay. It is a bay located behind Sancho beach, and it is an area of preservation by Ibama, banned for swimming and for access by boats, serves as shelter for spinner dolphins or golfinhos rotadores. Just one trail leads to the top of a natural wall where is possible to see the spinner dolphins.
- Porcos bay
- Santo Antonio Port bay
It is located adjacent to the main port of the archipelago. Local for loading and unloading vessels with goods supplies to the islands. Also, it is the starting point for the local tours and cruises to Recife. Has a small beach with calm water and a very beautiful sunset.
- Boldró beach
- Americano beach
- Bode beach
- Biboca beach
- Cachorro beach
- Do Meio beach
- Quixaba beach
- Ponta da Sapata beach
- Leão beach
- Ponta das Caracas beach
- Sueste bay
- Atalaia beach
- Enseada da Caeira beach
- Buraco da Raquel beach
- Caeira beach
- Ponta da Air France beach
- Fernando de Noronha National Park, youtube.com
- Videos about Porto de Galinhas beach youtube.com, youtube.com
- Itamaracá island on youtube.com and sea mammals center on youtube.com
- Surfing in Maracaípe
- Tamandaré & Carneiros beaches on YouTube
- Calhetas beach and and surfing in Gaibu on YouTube
- Youtube.com, Janga beach and Pernambuco folklore
- Youtube.com, Aerial view of Igarassu beaches
- Video Fernando de Noronha National Park