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Morro de Sao Paulo (St. Paul's Hill) is one of the most desired tropical destinations in the world, and ranks very high in the Top Brazil's Beaches, because it still has clean sand, palm trees, crystal and warm water containing colorful fish living in deserted beaches.
Just for you to imagine, the Morro is a kind of volcano, with the beaches on the bottom, and the houses (or "pousadas", as the local says) in the top. So you can live at the top of hill with a fantastic landscape, and go down just to go to the beach. To make things quieter, cars are prohibited in Morro do Sao Paulo. Only four wheel drives and tractors are used to access the more remote spots, and there are no streets, just alleys.
WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO DO - HOTELS AND ACTIVITIES
The beach has a good infrastructure, and in recent years it has a big development, but it is still recommendable to book your accommodation before coming. You will not find good hotels in Morro do Sao Paulo, although resorts and villas are excellent and put you more in contact with nature.
The best way to arrive to Morro do Sao Paulo is to fly to the city of Salvador, if you can find a direct flight from your home. If not you should fly to Sao Paulo, Recife or Rio de Janeiro and from there to Salvador. You should check Varig Airlines, Gol Airlines and TAM airlines. From Salvador you can catch a direct fly to Morro de Sao Paulo, and you will be there in only 20 minutes. Otherwise you can go by sea, bus or car and the travel is not difficult.
But Morro de Sao Paulo is not only about peace and tranquility, as the village is an example of simplicity combined with all the attractions that you can imagine: restaurants and bars where you can always find "caipirinha" drinks with crazy Brazilian music, boutiques selling top brand products, "capoeira" dancers, and amazing dancing clubs on the beach with their exclusive beach parties.
MORE BEACHES IN MORRO
There are different beaches, most of them named by numbers, with their own particularities in Morro do Sao Paulo:
The First Beach is perfect for surfing: the best waves on the island that come with a swell that reaches its greatest height from the East, breaking from two to six feet over a coral reef.
The Second Beach is famous for its nightlife. Well known especially among young people, parties go on invariably until the sun rises. The staircase that leads to Second beach is amazing, you can see the vastness of blue waters that surround the island, and the sandy bottom during low tide.
The Third Beach is ideal for people who loves natural pools, and also is the best one for diving due to Caitá Island, formed by a large barrier of coral reefs, offering coral and fish of all colors and shapes, and also a great variety of equipment, from a mask and snorkel to a full set of diving equipment. If you want to make friends while diving, group boat trips can be arranged as well, but if you prefer being alone an interesting option is to paddle your way to the beach by kayak.
The Fourth Beach seems to have no end, having four kilometers of extension. It concentrates the largest hotels and resorts, and is definitely the beach where you will love to have your residence while in Morro, because is quiet but is also near to the other beaches.
The Enchantment Beach (Encanto Beach) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Morro do Sao Paulo, as you have two kilometers of almost desert beach, creating the sensation that you are alone on a island. You can also take a nice baths in its deep ocean pools.
Garapua, is a beach isolated between mangroves, and you will only find a small fisherman's village and some restaurants. The most exciting way to visit this beach is by hicking or renting a horse and taking an amazing trail through the forest.
Pratigi or Pontal Beach, is definitely the longest beach at Morro do Sao Paulo, with 10 kilometers, and also the most desertic. Is hard and complicated to access this beach, and you should take a three day expedition by trekking through danger hills, but you will definitely love the ride!
Gamboa, is a beach famous for its mud that it says to have skin treatment properties, and that the local says it improve your sexual capacity! You should take a day trip to know this beach, leaving from the village and if you are tired, returning by boat.
WHEN TO GO
The temperature is warm trough the whole year, with an average of 25.3°, but you should avoid the rainy season from May to July.