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“The best beach to swim in Salvador”

Praia do Porto da Barra
Ranked #12 of 259 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

It's a democratic beach. You will see people from every group: rich people on theirs boats, some athletic ones swimming or playing foot volley, some people consuming maconha and many other people looking at and appreciating the view, the water, and everything else. A HINT: DON'T FORGET TO USE SUNBLOCK FPS 50 if you are not black people. If you don't use it, maybe you gonna loose some days of your trip.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Well, during carnival time, it was good to see, special the sunset, altought it seemed a lot crowded and dirty. Maybe it's not like that during non carnival period, but as it is a central beach, I would not try anyway

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Don't be put off by the initial crowded first impression, this is a great beach where locals, tourists, vendors, straights, gays, and everything in between all come together in a unique way. The water is warm, very calm and clear, and the beach culture provides you all the amenities. Chairs/umbrellas/caipirinhas/food/people watching/swiming/sun worship and smiles. Don't be put off by everyone trying to direct you to their "barraca"(kiosk) and chairs: everyone is trying to make a living. Just find the area you like and take it from there. I recommend Tatu's barraca.(just ask for Tatu's place)..he gives great service, knows everybody, and makes his special "Atomic" caipirinhas. The great thing about this beach is that once you're settled in on the sand, you immediately become part of the scene.
Don't miss the fantastic sunsets! After that take about a 15 minute walk along the seawall past the Lighthouse(Farol da Barra), and you'll find Barravento restaurant right on the beach with great views.

Thank 4Charlito
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We enjoyed staying at the Porto da Barra to watch the sunset. Unfortunatly, the night we were there, the lighthouse (farol) was closed so we couldn't enjoy that party of it, but I really liked it.

Thank Joe E
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

If you don't like crowded beaches, this one is not for you. Finding a spot is an Herculean Task, as well as maintaining it. Pollution and thives are also a problem. However, it's a trendy place, with samba circles playing, caipirinha and beer vendors and street performers of every type. At sunset, everyone applauds as the sun disappears in the Bay.

Thank espm252
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