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Porto da Barra

Address: Av. Sete de Setembro | Porto Da Barra Beach Is in Front of Hotel Village Novo and Hot Dougie's Rendezvous, Salvador, State of Bahia 40140110, Brazil
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Ranked #23 of 207 things to do in Salvador
Activities: Swimming
Owner description: Porto da Barra is one of the few points of land in Brazil that face west over the Atlantic Ocean...
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Activities: Swimming
Owner description: Porto da Barra is one of the few points of land in Brazil that face west over the Atlantic Ocean (due to its unique geography near the entrance to the Bay of All Saints). Because of this, Porto da Barra features sunsets which are both spectacularly beautiful and endearing because of the way people (visitors and local residents alike) applaud, cheer, whistle and sing while the sun sets over the sea. The water at Porto da Barra Beach is quite calm and perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, ad and other water sports. Even on days when other beaches in Salvador are empty, there is typically a good crowd at Porto da Barra Beach. Porto da Barra also features Portuguese forts dating back to the 17th century and number of good restaurants, bars, shops including used book and record stores, the Instituto Maua, a Bahia state agency which promotes the production and sale of quality hand-made artisan products, and others.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Porto da Barra is a nice small beach in the city in Salvador. It is usually busy with lots of locals visiting. There is a fort and and a church along the length of the beach. Porto da Barra is easily accessible as it is close to the city. Recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It wasn't that long ago that this beach was unpleasant due to broken pavements, grubby facade fences, stinking porta potties and a lot of unsavoury characters hanging around. This has all changed for the better. A generous infusion of state and local funding has resulted in tremendous improvements in all aspects of this beach. So much of this area has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

On a Sunday the beach was packed. It was, however fun strolling over to the lighthouse taking in the Salvadorians at play.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Barra Beach is a truly great place. Go during the weekday and it is calm and not too crowded. You can go for a swim, walk along the pier/promenade, have an Açai Energetico or Casadinha at the excellent Toca do Açai, and visit the nautical musuem. Do some shopping too while at it... There are an excellent selection of bars... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There's nothing special on this beach. The only beautiful thing you can see there is the sky, but that's the same sky in the whole city, right!? During high seasons, just run away from it, it's so crowded that you can't even walk on the sand, terrible! Go to Villas do Atlantico, Stela Maris, etc. They're farther but much much... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This beach is more popular it seem is more crowed then Farol da Barra beach and smaller. It is on the river side and is protected by reef few waves. Did not spend much time there seem nice with Umbrella and seats for rent. The street in front is busy with cars but nice sidewalk along the beach. I prefer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

In spite of the waves and the cloudy weather the beach was crowded as all Barra, but it was really beautiful to watch all these people having fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Porto da Barra is located in the city of Salvador and is at the mouth of the Bay de Todos os Santos. There is a small colonial fort at one side and a church on top of the hill. Porto da Barra is the site of Bahia’s first European settlement and there is an old village which still occupied.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

While staying in the Barra area during out time in Salvador, this was the closest beach to our hostel. The first day we tried this beach, and arrived before it was overly crowded, but by mid-day there was barely even room to walk between people, let alone try to swim at all. It's a beautiful beach with lots of great... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was at #3 in the Guardian's top beaches of the world some time ago. I can only assume that the writer had confused it with another beach of the same name elsewhere. It is a tiny strip of sand between two small rocky outcrops with an old fort/church on them. The water is clear (usually) but the big drawback... More 

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