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“THEY CHARGE YOU FOR USING A CHAIR IN THE SAND AT THE BEACH!”

Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
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Tour of 4 Beaches in Cabo de Santo Agostinho from Recife
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Went there yesterday. It¨s almost a paradise. Clear water for bathing with small fishes around, excelent view. Pictures show you a part of it. One important thing to point out which disappoints are the charges (almost US$15,00) for using chairs and sun umbrella at the beach, unless you pay around 35 US$ for a fish snack which is unbelievably expensive and the people in charge of it do not explain to you before using them, that you will be charged that amount if you only ask for beer and cokes. It is not legal or authorized by authorities but they do nothing to stop it or manage the situation, so, I believe a lot of foreign visitors pay for it because they are not aware of this illegality. Suggest that everyone asks for information on any charges before using the chairs at the shore. I am Brasilian and that`s why I post this in english, to help foreign visitors to Porto de Galinhas.

Thank Idiam
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The big problem with the beaches of Pernambuco state is the very poor road infrastructure after the city of Ipojuca was designated as a new brazilian industrial hub. In three consecutive days when stayed in Recife, it took SEVERAL hour in a miní bus to go less than 50 km between Recife and Galinhas. The problem just repeats again and again. Other farther locations are just stressing. If staying in Recife, avoid locations to the south (where Ipojuca is located).
Galinhas, for instance, is just another aspirant to a tourist trap. But things don't helps with the efforts. Seen people geeting hurt when in the water because boats are anchored without divisions to the swimming area (the guy stepped in an anchor!!!hurts...) The impression is that there is some general laziness in the air that prevents the development up to a good touristic standard.

1  Thank ArthurMombach
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

A nice place for shallow diver's and snorkelers... (grandma is welcome too...!)
If you're looking for crystalline waters you better look elsewhere.
Still it really worth's the visit as the raft ride is great to take your kids and family.
If you have poor swimmers on your group, its smooth and safe to bring them along.

Thank diversbest
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

the beach is good .but the boys keep bording to drive the turist to some spot in beach i realazy they have two menu one for turist and one people from northeast. the same fish at beach cost 75 is 55 regular price. please if go dont be trap from this guys on street next beach

1  Thank brazil_cat_30
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

The beach is nothing special when compared with maracaipe.
As lots of people going to the natural swimming pool- lots of tour operator, the beach tend to be very crowded

Thank Jolive75
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