Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
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hidden01
Grange-over-Sands, UK149 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Obviously, if you go there when the tide is high, it’s a pretty normal beach, like millions of others, but ‎when the tide is low, (make sure to check the times before venturing out there) the stunning natural ‎pools are a sight out of this world, all the superlatives plus plus plus, defo one of the highlights of ‎brazil, a total paradise for photographers, what an experience!!‎

Two things to be aware of;‎

The Jangada ride to the pools is A, heavily overpriced, as usual in Brazil, a total rip off, B, more ‎importantly, they rush you thorough it and try to get you out of there ASAP. The amazing experience ‎is marred by the guides who keep on pestering you to move on. While the truth of the matter is, if you ‎come early enough in low tide, you can just walk across in the low level waters, even with a big ‎professional camera to the where all the people are roaming around in the natural pools. You can take ‎in the sights unhurried and see much more on your own pace. Save you Jangada experience to one of ‎the many other beaches in the area, instead of supporting rip offs and bad service.‎

Beware of the touts that try and drag you to their chairs on the beach, promising you it’s for free, but ‎then insist you order a main meal and if not, they charge you 40 reals per chair. Our lovely tout tried to ‎add a parking fee, since we parked on the road near their chairs. I got to take off my hat for the ‎originality, nice try. Basically, when they give you the bill, check every line, you are sure to find some ‎skeleton there.‎

Nature wise, awesome, an un-forgettable experience.‎
Written November 1, 2013
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Christiane D
Lititz, PA69 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
It's such an experience to walk in Porto de Galinhas. There are several places to eat, from fast food to upscale dinner, and shop from drugstores to boutiques. There's live music at every other restaurant or street corner. Although we came here three nights in a row, the people trying to sell us tours, necklaces, painted tiles, henna tattoos and braids are extremely annoying.
Written November 24, 2018
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Chimo2380
Assisi, Italy60 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
It’s good place to go with family to enjoy the beach and the small town with good reataurants. Anyway could be a good headquarter to move to the places around like praia do carneiros, Maragogi, Pontal do Maracaipe.
Written August 27, 2018
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Zorgtron
Centennial, CO50 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
I traveled to Porto de Galinhas with my wive for a nice week break just before Carnaval, and although I've been to a couple of beaches in Brazil's north east, this was the first time I hit one of the more famous and coveted beaches in the region. It could be that my trip was bit over hipped by my friends and colleagues, but I can't say I had a particularly special experience.

First, the scenery. Yes it was beautiful, the sand and water were fairly clean and the little fishing rafts added a special charm when you first walk-up to the shore. Then, that's about it! What we have here is a pretty long shore line of sameness with very few unique environments and photo opportunities. This was a big disappointment, as all other beaches I've visited in Brazil have several unique environments that you can explore on foot. Consequently, must have taken no more that about 10 pictures of the beach. After the first day I decided the camera was no longer needed so I just left it at the hotel. As for the water itself, its fairly clean, but not the clearest I've seen, but it is fairly calm so you can stay in the water for hours if you want.

Second, the food. This was a pretty positive point at Porto de Galinhas. I had pretty good food here, including many nice dishes they serve to us right on the sand. Most of the restaurants have a deal were they serve at least part of their menu on the sand, and as long as you order something from the restaurant you can use their umbrellas and chairs the whole day. This is important to me because my idea of beach relaxation involves a whole lot of sitting in the shade in front of the sea and having food and booze run up to me. Also, you can find many kinds of foods here, so its pretty easy to take a break from all the sea food and clear your palate. The only downside is that the food is a bit pricey. Most of my meals ran for over R$100.00, no matter how simple.

Third, the town. I can't say much about it as there is not much town to talk about. People are polite, but a little grumpy, and although the variety of restaurants is pretty good, the remaining town infrastructure is pretty poor. Shops all carry about the same products, so you don't really get much from taking a stroll in it. The prices are pretty high here, specially for any beach equipment; No surprise here, but what was a surprise, and perhaps the worst part of the town experience, was the constant harassment of people trying to sell you trips to other beaches, snorkeling, dune buggy rides, etc. The harassment was so intense we just decided to avoid a couple of streets all together.

So in summary, we ended up spending a week in a very similar daily routine of sun bathing, swimming in the water, lunch and dinner. We rented a car and visited Recife for a day, which was very very nice. After a few days of reflection my wife's and my verdict is that we should have stayed only 3 full days at Porto instead of 5. Also, although we did rest and had an overall nice time at this beach, it did not do enough to justify its fame. In terms of scenery, variety and cost-benefit, I still recommend Praia da Pipa in Rio Grande do Norte as my favorite week-long vacation spot in Brazil. In terms of water quality, Florianopolis takes the cake.

PS.

Avoid the tap water; It looked kind of dirty.

Good things to bring and not buy here:

1 – A snorkel, a simple one will cost you R$100 – R$200 at Porto de Galinhas.
2 – Lots of sunscreen and UV shirt, hat, etc.
Written February 9, 2016
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Raine S
13 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The beach itself is beautiful, however, to get to the beach you must survive the hundreds of sellers offering services along the way, it's an average of 3 sellers per m² (no exaggeration). It definitely ruins your experience because you can not look around freely. Not mentioning that all tours are overpriced so if you are not willing to bargain you will end up ripped-off. At the beach is the same, every step you take there are people following you offering their services, they also lie about the structure of their cafes, saying they have internet service and shower, the truth is very few of them have shower service. It's definitely the opposite of what people usually look for at the beach, is not peaceful at all, is stressful and unpleasant. It was the most unpleasant experience I've ever had as a tourist. Depending on the tides you are not able to get to the natural pools (one of the main attractions of the place) If you look for a peaceful and calm beach definitely Avoid Porto de Galinhas.
Written June 22, 2019
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Tania P
Rio de Janeiro, RJ152 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Besides having a really nice weather all year long, the beach is quite beautiful with its natural pools and its "jangadas" - simple, sail boats. And also, it has all kind of food for all tastes: shrimp. lobster, fish, sandwiches.
Written August 7, 2018
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Roger_Liu
Milpitas, CA45 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited Porto de Galinhas in late June and July 2018-Unfortunately it was not what we expected. The beach is crowded with vendors that have overtaken the beach access at the entry point for Porto de Galinhas. It is overly commercialized and whatever natural beauty is there, it is over shadowed by the beach vendors. We stayed at the Porto de Galinhas Praia hotel and walked to the central beach area. We were bombarded with aggressive sales people trying to get us to buy excursions to see the fish and reefs. There is a small white shack where you can buy your tickets 25 reals to go on the Jangada to see the tropical fish at the reef. The Jangada ride was nice, but very short to the location where we were shown the coral reef shaped in the shape of the country of Brazil. We were told this was a natural reef, but it might have been carved out just as a tourist attraction. The guide hands out a handful of fish food as we were directed to enter the water. The fish shown in many pictures are only present as long as the fish food is being handed out. The fish are few and far between if you don't have a handful of fish food. Also we were directed to walk on the coral reefs which are sharp and shagged even with water shoes. No preservation of the reefs. Also, when we first arrived on the beach we actually got had and were enticed to go on another excursion. The sales person got us to go on another jangada tour, called Porto Adventure, again a very short ride to a larger boat where we were provided with goggles and life vest and told to wait in the water for our turn with the photographer. We didn't understand why we had to wait for the photographer. Later we found out the photographer takes pictures as he throws out fish food as we hold onto a rope in front of him. When we were allowed to explore on our own around a small spot of coral there were only a few dark fish, water was not clear. We paid 75 reals for the two of us. They later sent us the pictures on whats app. We felt completely set up. I wanted to be able to recommend this place, but unfortunately can't it was not worth it.
Written July 11, 2018
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Danilo M
Nore og Uvdal Municipality, Norway22 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Was having high expectations but found nothing special about the beach. Accommodation is a bit expensive. Ig you like nature, you can het a better value for your money in other destinations in Brazil and more interesting beaches.
Did not like the way tourism is arranged in Porto de Galinhas. If you are a tourist who doesnt know the area you need to go for paid tors which are very expensive and you dont have flexibilty. We did the Praia das Calhetas tour. Turned out this was not the type of beach my wife and I like to go (packed with bars, people, loud music, ...) which we only found out after getting there. We had to sit and wait for 4 1/2 Hours for the bus to pick us up. Not
Exactly the type of tourism I like
Written January 20, 2016
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TBM2011
Ottawa, Canada57 contributions
A beautiful beach to visit with plenty to do. The obvious attraction is a hour long guided "jungada" boat tour to the reef and tide pools. Fee is purchased at the ticket booth next to the beach at $20 Real/person. Check with locals on time of low tide and visit the reef near that time. This will ensure you see all the reef has to offer.
Written July 31, 2014
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LoboBerlin
Berlin, Germany141 contributions
Mar 2012 • Family
Constantly bothered by people trying to sell you something or drag you to their "barraca".
Written April 24, 2012
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