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“Primary Attraction in Porto, should always be on top of the list!! But beware……‎”

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 October 31, 2013

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.‎

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Consider the tide, the lower the better. If in high season/week-end the prices are too expensive for what it gives you back. Too many "vendors" who bothers us, just be aware about it, don't give up to go there just because of it.
If you are in Recife and don't have time or money to spend there, try to go at least for a day, getting there in the morning and going back in the afternoon.

Thank WMuniz
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

One of a kind, take a trip on a jangada to the natural pools; they are all locals organized by an association to bring you there and back, super cool for adults and kids alike. Be sure to bring sandals.
At the beach, vendors will canvass to get you a good seating area at the beach and serve food and beverages; it is almost harassment, once you figure that part out the beach is very enjoyable. tide goes up and down significantly, very important that you check in your hotel pick time for lowest and highest tide as you will have to plan your day around that especially if you are planning to go to the natural pools.
city center is quaint and worth while going at night as it is vibrant and full of "staff" for sale (arts, crafts, bikinis, sandals, leather goods, etc...)

Thank WilliamMattos
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Porto de Galinhas is a nice beach, good for children, with the great attraction of the natural pools on the reef. An experience that you shouldn't miss.

Thank A S
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Wonderful place with paradisiac beaches and waters with great temperatures. It is a place to relax and have fun. You can relax on the beach or venture into the attractions on offer, including diving, Surfing, sailing, diving, kayaking, soccer, foot volley, volleyball, skating, cycling adventure, mototrail, off road, hiking, trekking, has something for budgets and everyone. It is important always research prices, offerings are varied. The buggy ride is great fun and help to evaluate your favorite beaches to return.

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