Porto de Galinhas, a very popular small beach town in Brazil

Porto de Galinhas, a very popular small beach town in Brazil

Porto de Galinhas, is a town in Pernambuco, in northeastern Brazil.

Porto de Galinhas is a small beach town, very popular as a weekend getaway for people from nearby Recife. The area is stunningly beautiful with amazing reefs. Hotels range from cozy "pousadas" to five-star resorts. Do not miss nearby Maracaípe.

The town is small and easily navigable on foot. Buggys are available for rent at the village with or without driver which present a great alternative to traditional car rental.

Bustling beach town in summer, lots of dining places, local "churrascarias" (barbecue) and good seafood. Lots of beach activities in the area. Amongst them, visits to the "piscinas naturais" in a jangada, a local raft tour to the nearby reefs, where sea water makes natural ponds, and lots of different fish can be seen.

If lucky enough you might attend a sea turtle birth at full moon in midsummer, plan for a full moon stay.

Note that the beautiful reefs are only available at very low tide, for about two hours a day. Ask for information at the tourism information center for the recommended days and hours to visit reefs.

Here are a few travel tips for things you might like to do:

- Take a buggy tour

- Take a trip on a little boat in the lagoon and swim with the fish (take some kind of footwear as the rocks are sharp!).

- Walk to nearby Maracaipe and watch the surfers.

- Find a spot on the beach, order shrimp and beer, sit back and relax.

- In the beach point (Pontal do Maracaipe) local kitesurfers can be seen. For the more adventurous, classes on this sport are available as well.

- Visit beautiful Praia Dos Carneiros. White sandy, cristal clear water beach located south of Porto de Galinhas, very near Tamandaré. Can be reached by boat trip.

- Hire a boat and get to Ilha de Santo Aleixo. Caribbean-style Island front of Toquinho beach (south of Porto de Galinhas). Ideal for snorkelling and swimming.

- Having a drink - There are many bars and restaurants here to serve the weekend party crowd. It isn't hard to find a place for a drink along the beach, on either of the two main roads, or from a number of stands set up at night where the two main roads connect near the beach. Sometimes it is possible to see and even participate in an impromptu drum circle at this intersection on weekend evenings.

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