The Northeast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Northeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Baía do Sancho

    Surrounded by cliffs draped in lush green vegetation, Baía do Sancho is breathtakingly beautiful. Its crystal clear waters shift in tonality from sparkling blue to...Read More

  • 2. Baía dos Porcos

    The best showcase for the island's stunning natural beauty, the "Bay of Pigs" is a literal paradise tucked away on the north ridge of the...Read More

  • 3. Flecheiras

    The ocean is always calm at this beach, which is surrounded by coconut trees, lagoons, and sand dunes. During low tide the reefs surface, and...Read More

  • 4. Genipabu

    Massive dunes have made this one of the best-known beaches in the country. The area is most commonly explored on thrilling day-trips across the dune...Read More

  • 5. Praia da Paiva

    One of the secret refuges of Recife, this long stretch of golden shore has the feel of a private beach, yet is open to the...Read More

  • 6. Praia das Minas

    Walk 30 minutes north of Pipa's main street via a terra-cotta dirt road or along the beach (depending on the tide) and you will arrive...Read More

  • 7. Praia de Cumbuco

    Thirty-seven km (23 miles) west of Fortaleza, this former fisherman's colony is one of the best options for a relaxing day-trip from Fortaleza. The long...Read More

  • 8. Praia de Jericoacoara

    Jericoacoara's main beach encircles the small village of this former fisherman's colony and is the heart of the action, from sunrise horseback riding to sunset...Read More

  • 9. Praia do Patacho

    Almost always deserted, this long stretch of white sand is the Coral Coast's most beautiful beach, with warm waters calm enough for even small kids...Read More

  • 10. Praia dos Golfinhos

    One of the Northeast's most magical spots, this local favorite is accessible only during low tide and the most likely place to swim with wild...Read More

  • 11. Tamandaré

    Situated 109 km (68 miles) south of Recife, this beach region shares the same calm, warm waters and natural pools as Porto das Galinhas, yet...Read More

  • 12. Barra de Cunhaú

    An idyllic paradise off the beaten track, this beach is blessed with white sands, turquoise waters, and a handful of small bars and restaurants. Even...Read More

  • 13. Boa Viagem

    Boa Viagem

    Coconut palms line Recife's most popular beach, the 9-km-long (4-mile-long) Praia da Boa Viagem. A steady Atlantic breeze tames the hot sun, and reef formations...Read More

  • 14. Búzios Beach

    This beach is endowed with great natural beauty yet does not usually draw many visitors. On the left side of the beach, the barrier reef...Read More

  • 15. Cabo de Santo Agostinho

    Some of Pernambuco's finest beaches are clustered around the small town of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, 35 km (22 miles) south of the city. The...Read More

  • 16. Canoa Quebrada

    Hidden behind dunes, the stunning Canoa Quebrada Beach was "discovered" in the 1970s by French doctors working in the area. The spectacular scenery includes not...Read More

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  • 17. Gaibu

    Surrounded by palm trees and favored by local surfers, beautiful Gaibu has become one of the area's most happening hangout spots. Volleyball competitions, fishing, and...Read More

  • 18. Iguape


    Surrounded by white-sand dunes, this laid-back beach in the nearby village of Aquiraz has calm and clean water. There are both fishermen and lace makers...Read More

  • 19. Ilha de Itamaracá

    This island is set off the coast of the historic city of Igarassu and has a number of beautiful beaches with calm waters for swimming,...Read More

  • 20. Lagoa do Paraíso

    The fine white sand and crystalline, calm turquoise waters at idllyic Lagoa do Paraíso are excellent for sunbathing. Take the shuttle from the center of...Read More

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