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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
Phone Number: 7134187007
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Porto da Barra is one of the few points of land in Brazil that face...

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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Small, busy, and fun

This is not your big relaxing scenic beach of white sand. Rather it is a small, fun urban beach, with plenty of commerce (chairs and umbrellas for rent, grilled cheese sticks and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Fremont, California

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing beach in Salvador at the entrance of the Baia do Todos os Santos, with a historic colonial fort. Wasn't too crowded and the water was beautiful and much more enticing than in Rio. Vendors on the beach - similar to other Brazilian beach vendors - offered food, beverages and artisinal items. Good restaurants and some decent shopping nearby. This... More 

Thank Meaghan F
New York City, New York
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68 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite beach, with calm, clear water perfect for swimming. Families, couples, locals, tourists, gays, straights, young and old all converge on this beach, making it lively and interesting. There are many kiosks("Barracas") renting chairs, umbrellas, etc. and lots of beer, caipirinhas(fresh fruit!), coconut water, acaraje', find a spot in the middle of the beach ( I recommend Sidney's barraca,... More 

Thank suave2kool
Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After we dropped our bags at the hostel we came down here and were SHOCKED at how beautiful and amazing the beach looked! The water is so much better than in Rio, it's warm without any crazy waves and super blue. There are people selling cheese, chairs and drinks amongst other things, and you can usually haggle them down if... More 

Thank oibe89
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

It is a special place. The water is so calm and transparent! Urban beach, so it is a busy beach and a big hang out the the locals, seems like they all know each other. This beach is awesome during the week. On Sundays it is super busy, dirty and I would NOT recommend for tourists.

Thank Roberto M
Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I love Porto da Barra, specially the sunset! It's a good place to relax in a sunny day at Salvador! Beautiful!

Thank Luara C
Johannesburg, South Africa
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61 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Lovely area with light house. When you finish shopping at Barra mall it is worth having a walk and visiting a light house.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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80 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A short taxi ride from Peulorinho. The beach was not crowded when we were there. The service people on the beach were friendly. I felt comfortable with them. We got a spot on the beach with a view of the light house. It was awesome. The water was warm enough to swim, though we just waded to about the knees.... More 

Thank Clay F
Fremont, California
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17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is not your big relaxing scenic beach of white sand. Rather it is a small, fun urban beach, with plenty of commerce (chairs and umbrellas for rent, grilled cheese sticks and cocktails for sale, among many other things). There are often many people (it can be quite crowded), both playing and relaxing, making for nice people watching. The sand... More 

Thank ErvanInFremont
Beverly Hills, California
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is perhaps my favorite location in Salvador! I lived about a 15 minute walk from here and would go there at night for a swim at the beach. I love the place because it has ELD lights and usually police around, just take shorts and keys the water was calm most of the time. During the day the beach... More 

Thank zazizo
Stratford, Canada
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

polluted and crowded, beach. I do not recommend visiting. Last time my husband and I were there, we witnessed a robbery, police all over the place. Very unsafe.

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