Bahia Beach, Brazil

Bahia Beaches

Bahia is an enormous and vibrant state with a strong African-Brazilian character that influences the food, the music, the language and just about everything else you encounter.

The relaxed attitude seems to be in its element when you reach the coast, as does the Bahian cuisine which uses deliciously fresh fish and seafood, combined with the local dende oil to make signature dishes such as Moqueca (describing it as a fish stew would be an injustice).

Barra Beach, Bahia, Brazil
Barra Beach, Bahia, Brazil

A little more about the coast of Bahia

The small laid back fishing town of Trancosco in the south of Bahia is a popular place to visit. The Quadrado (town square) is the charming central point of town bordered by traditional colourful houses, casual bars and rustic restaurants. The area is famous for its beaches with white sand and emerald seas and the coast, mainly protected by reefs which form natural pools at low tide, is a great place to snorkel or just relax and soak up the surroundings.

Praia do Forte Beach, Bahia, Brazil
Praia do Forte Beach, Bahia, Brazil


Another beach to consider close to Salvador is the sleepy fishing village of Praia do Forte, home to the Tamar Sea Turtle project, or take a short scenic flight to the Marau Peninsula, with its more remote beaches. Further afield there is Itacare with endless adventure activities. Here you find the Atlantic rainforest, the Contas river, waterfalls and mangroves and activities include surfing, rafting, canyoning, trekking and mountain biking. In addition, we can offer a selection of wonderful private villas along the coast of Bahia.


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Surfing, Barra Beach, Salvador, Brazil

Culinary Experience

Indulge in al fresco dining in Trancoso’s atmospheric quadrado, a village green that is illuminated with fairy lights in the evening.

Bahia beach, Brazil

Relax on Bahia’s Beaches

Take time to unwind on the golden palm-fringed beaches that dot the coastline, relaxing with a good book and cooling off in the salty water.

Snorkel, Bahia Beach, Brazil

Coral Reef Snorkelling

Find the natural pools that lie along the coast at low tide, don a snorkel and look for coral and other small marine life.

Kitesurfing, Bahia Beach, Brazil

Partake in Water Sports

Partake in water sports off the coast, trying paddle boarding, kite surfing, diving and swimming when not lounging on the sand.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Itacare Eco Resort £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Itacare Eco Resort, on the Southern Bahia coast, is in an area of environmental protection surrounded by lush vegetation, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. This area offers endless recreational activities for those looking for adventure, including surfing, rafting, kayaking, trekking, ziplines and high ropes. Rooms are spacious, built between the beach and Atlantic forest, most with views over the sea.

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Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte is within walking distance of the pretty fishing village of Praia do Forte. Approximately 90 minutes drive north of Salvador on the Bahia coast.

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Txai Itacare £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

A member of Relais & Chateaux, Txai Resort is located on a coconut plantation surrounded by Atlantic rainforest on the paradise-like beach of Itacarezinho. Individually built on stilts on the water’s edge or perched on the hillside and surrounded by wooden decks, the 40 thatched guest bungalows are spread around the coconut groves to ensure maximum privacy. The spacious rooms, decorated using neutral tones combine comfortable furnishings with rustic simplicity, ensuring that the emphasis is on the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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Villas de Trancoso £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and just one mile from the historical Quadrado de Trancoso, Pousada Villas de Trancoso is a magnificent beachfront property offering luxury and seclusion. Accommodation comprises of villas varying in size, ranging from one to four bedrooms all with exquisite furnishings. The villas are surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, with a central dining and bar area with deck, swimming pool and swaying shady palm trees. Nearby you have a number of sophisticated restaurants and bars, a world-class golf course and endless opportunities to go horse riding, biking on the beach and a wide range of water sports.

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Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa £££££

  • Brazil
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa is a rustic-chic style property set in a privileged location just off the Quadrado (square) of Trancoso. The hotel has 10 unique Casas for guests to stay in, four of which are restored homes of fishermen and so combine the traditional, colourful coastal architecture with modern decor. The other six casas are located within the gardens, one of which is actually built in a tree. As well as beautiful rooms, there is a spa, gym, swimming pool and beach lounge created from old fishing boats. The hotel’s restaurant serves fresh, locally-sourced Brazilian cuisine with a focus on the excellent seafood available along the Bahian coast. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa offers exceptional service with style.

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Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.

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