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Itaparica island

Embarque no Centro Nautico da Bahia, ao lado do Mercado Modelo | Baía de Todos os Santos, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Ranked #54 of 178 Attractions in Salvador
Type: Tours, Beaches
Description: Daily 5am-6pm
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121 reviews 121 reviews
31 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I came here taking a boat from Salvador in a one-day trip. They left us at the beach under the Church. Nice landscape and some awful restaurants on the beach. The water is not so clean so if you have caraibbean expectation skip this place. Never again

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Toronto, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Stayed on Itaparica island for 2 weeks in June 2014. The island itself is very quiet, rural but very poor. It is accessible via a ferry that runs on the hour from 6 am to 11:30 pm. This ferry is fairly large and can accommodate around 100 passengers with vehicles. The ferry ride takes approximately 50 mins from Salvador to... More

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Durango, Colorado
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There are two main ways to get to the island, we chose the ferry that takes you to Mar Grande (about 45 ride from Salvador). The area around Mar Grande is very touristy, had some OK shops, but is fairly run-down overall and we did not like the look of any of the beaches near by. We were accosted by... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

If, like me, you've struggled to find any decent online info about this place then I can at least give you the benefit if this link containing a nice simple map of the island: http://insiderbrazil.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/travel-in-brazil-salvador-36-itaparica-island-late-in-the-afternoon/ My Garmin GPS and Google Maps both think Mar Grande is in a different location to where it really is - the southern beach of... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

It was a nice ferry boat across and the view was nice. once on the island we saw morro de sao paulo, very touristy and expensive. but the beaches were nice and good party!!! Lots of plants and trees, reminds me of home in Florianopolis.

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Vera Cruz, BA
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you are looking for a place where forget all the big city stress you must go to the Ilha de Itaparica. People there live like developing countries lived 50 years forward.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I didn't like it much, after going to the Frades Island and after visiting the Pelourinho, Itaparica doesn't seem that great.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Very good place to relax and enjoy the beach and The all saints bay. Good place to go with friends and family.

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Porto, Portugal
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91 reviews 91 reviews
67 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Itaparica is a large island, so visiting on the day trip from Salvador you don't get to see much of it. The beach is pleasant though, and a stroll through the village where you have lunch makes you kind of envious of these simple, carefree people who are happy with an old house by the sea and a group of... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The island is nice. But had very Sargassum around, which did not cause a smell very nice (maybe this is a seasonal problem). But thanks for the geology of the island!

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