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“Nice but very crowded”

Praia do Porto da Barra
Ranked #10 of 255 things to do in Salvador
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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 Sundown Show 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. Porto da Barra Sundown Show also features various styles of live music at world-famous Hot Dougie's Rendezvous on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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 (recently renovated as multimedia museums) dating back to the 17th century and number of good restaurants, bars, shops including used book and record stores, and a State of Bahia agency which promotes the production and sale of quality hand-made artisan products, and others.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Fremantle, Australia
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice but very crowded”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

The beach was full of people, not really my thing...

Visited March 2012
Thank Yamina B
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“A lively place”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

Lots of bars and eateries behind a good beach.
Lively nightlife.

Visited March 2012
Thank Jim H
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new york
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147 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“great beach!”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

soft clean sand, good water. The people that work there take care of you with chairs, umbrellas and drinks. Had a great time. Just dont walk away and leave your stuff alone, you never know.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank gsepulveda
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Sunsets”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

This is one of the best sunset views, though I am hardpressed to criticize ANY sunset along the beaches of Salvador.

Thank PJB333312741
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Busy but relaxed”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

A beach with some shade from the trees along the promenade, so if you want to avoid chair and sunshade charges you can lurk in the shade until midday. The swimming is wonderful and plenty of small fish in the water - get your fish pedicure for free. The food and drink sellers on the beach are extremely well priced, but it does cost a bit for the chair and sunshade. Try Tico in the middle for these - not quite as pushy as the younger lot. Quite often has people playing beach games adjacent to his patch or chequers by the beach wall. No English but easy enough to order a beer or water

Visited February 2012
Thank gtrot
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