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Porto da Barra

Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Ranked #29 of 178 Attractions in Salvador
Type: Beaches
Activities: Swimming
Description: Portuguese forts dating back to the 17th century dot this popular beach area.
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Las Vegas
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Seattle, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Belmont, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was told this was one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but I would definitely have to disagree. It's a very nice beach with fine sand and very warm, salty waters. In fact you'd have a hard time sinking in the water. It's conveniently located right in Barra, so you an walk to it from many spots... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This is a great beach set in a cove under a Classic Portuguese church, the cross marking the first landing point of the Portuguese and beside a classic Portuguese fort with pier. The beach is busy at weekends and even during the week there are more shops than the mall. It's got a reasonable gay following and in the morning/evening... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I'm from Salvador and I've been in Porto da barra a lot of times. Although the beach is nice, the water is really calm and the sunset is just amazing, I have two concerns. First, the beach is bit dangerous for tourists, once it's known for the locals trying to pickpocket them. Second, specially on the weekends, the beach gets... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It is a urban beautiful beach, small cove with 02 forts in your surroundings, warm and calm water, have a good energy, in the weekend the beach have a crowd, is better go in the middle of the week.

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Rochelle, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

My kids liked this sandy beach. They got to play, swim and just get some sun. There are chairs and umbrellas for rental, food for sale and souvenirs and all beach essentials too. I worked out every morning with some of the personal trainers that set up tents on the beach every morning. It was cheap and really great work... More

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