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Maracaípe and Porto de Galinhas: the sea of Brazil

Ipojuca is a municipality located along the coast of the state of Pernambuco in Brazil. The Ipojuca region is known for its numerous beaches with waves that vary from one beach to another, along this stretch of Pernambuco coast, the seaside resorts of Maracaipe and Porto de Galinhas are the most famous.

Maracaípe is a beach that is part of the municipality of Ipojuca in Pernambuco. Its coast is an extension of the Porto de Galinhas coast. This resort is located just 75 km south of the city of Recife. Maracaípe is known as a resort rich in nature reserves. Here you can take many tourist walks between October and February (Brazilian summer). The Pontal de Maracaipe is known for its extraordinary landscapes and surfing competitions. Maracaípe is ideal for those who want to get away from the city by immersing themselves in an almost 100% natural environment.


Maracaípe is known for its turbulent waves, which make it one of the Brazilian resorts preferred by surfers, at the top of the best surf spots in the world. This area of coast is ideal for experienced surfers with its high-level waves without being exclusively for professionals. Also, there has never been any shark attack reported along these waters! The coast is also known for the conservation of mangroves, which is the main topic of discussion between locals and environmentalists.

In Maracaipe there are often surf competitions among the most important in Brazil that bring a lot of people to this location, but this town is also a very quiet and pleasant location where it is warm all year round, excellent for those who simply want to relax or explore the area: the place has often been compared to Tahiti for its scenic beauty. However, Maracaipe, like other beaches in the Ipojuca area, is among the quietest and most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Maracaipe is chosen by tourists for its tranquility, landscape and perfect climate.

Visitors can stay in some characteristic “pousadas” (inns, pensions), most of which are built directly on the beach. In the area there are also the “natural pools” of Porto de Galinhas with the blue of the water which is bluer than that of an artificial pool, here you can dive with tropical fish to watch and feed them. Famous for its nature reserves, the village of Maracaipe is a nesting point for sea turtles. Other activities to do include trips to Jangada (small boats) among the mangroves, and even meetings with seahorses!


Porto de Galinhas is a place where the waves are calmer and the beach more touristy and more suitable for swimmers. Porto de Galinhas is famous for its natural pools. You can discover the turquoise of the Atlantic Ocean and during trips in Jangada (small boats) you can also see seahorses. If you are lucky and choose the right season you will have the opportunity to admire the hatching of the turtle eggs: you will see the eggs that hatch and the turtles that reach the sea.

The best time to visit the Maracaípe and Porto de Galinhas areas are the months between October and February (Brazilian summer). During the European summer (June-August) it is the rainy season, but the rains are not necessarily unpleasant! The rain is not continuous, these are brief showers during the day, which do not affect the climate throughout the day as in Europe.

75 km from Ipojuca is the city of Recife, the ninth municipality and the fifth largest metropolitan area in Brazil, with approximately 3.7 million inhabitants. Those who love life and shopping will find absolutely everything, like in Rome or Milan. From nightclubs to hundreds of Japanese restaurants!

On the beaches of the Ipojuca region, visitors and tourists stay in pleasant “pousadas” (family-run guesthouses / hotels). Some of these structures are built directly on the beach. If you are looking for a stay during a trip to Brazil, you should contact and book one of these pousadas well in advance, where you will receive a treatment like at home!

Written by: Louna Dor.



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