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Praia do Porto da Barra
Ranked #11 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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank vplago
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Rochelle, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“good beach”
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 outs.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank pandabear6
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“not the best and under construction”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

small sand line and too many rocks..Nice sunset though
Recomended to walk in the sidewalk, by the beach.
There are better beaches in Salvador. The street is under renovation and the sidewalk will be broaden.

Visited December 2013
Thank Marcelo N
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Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Central Beach”
Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

It's a tipical city beach. Go to this place only if you want to mix and see the locals beach. It's beautiful, but it's full.

Visited December 2012
Thank Giullian N
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place to mix with the locals”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Porto da Barra is a cool place for mixing with the locals. If you want to really experience Bahian happiness, I suggest spending a day on the beach here, away from the more touristy areas. Look for the "shrimp" man. He walks up and down the beach peddling the best camarou (sp?) in lime juice. Christmas Eve 2012 sitting on the beach at Porto da Barra eating fried fish, drinking caprinha and enjoying a beautiful sunset in 90 degree weather is one of my favorite memories. Try it; you'll like it!

Visited December 2012
Thank mmanigo
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