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“American Visitors Looking for a Beach”
Review of Praia Mole

Praia Mole
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed with my fiance, mother & father in-law, and brother & sister in-law in a townhouse across the street from Praia Mole in mid-November. It was a GREAT location! We were able to spend lots of time at the beach! At first I didn't really know what to expect. As a land-locked Minnesotan, most of the beaches I have been to have been a part of tourist resorts. As a group, we were barely able to put enough Portuguese together to function. Yes, we are THAT family. This beach had amazing amenities that made it awesome though.

First of all, there is parking along the street and in pay lots. If you park a long the street, it is free but there is a man (that looks like a bum) that you may have to give some change to. He will watch your car and guide you as you park. Our friends that live in Floripa said this is customary at all of the beaches and to hand the people some money. Whatever. Maybe we got screwed out of some pocket change. There are several steps down to the beach from the parking areas. It's definitely not wheel chair friendly. Traffic was completely stopped up on Fridays and Sundays. I can't imagine that it is even possible to drive anywhere during the busy season. And forget the buses. They are completely jammed with people and move just as slow. Expect to walk great distances in this area.

When you get to the sandy beach, chairs and umbrellas are available to rent. I think they were about $3. We greatly enjoyed the motorized frozen drink carts! We are not used to the fresh fruit and delicious taste. They also had premium alcohol available. There were 3-4 restaurants, bars/clubs there. We did some dancing at the surf club but patronized the green family restaurant on the other side of the lifeguard stand more. It had a playground and free restrooms behind it. We found the snacks adequate and the non-alcoholic beverages nice and cool. There was a very friendly teenage girl working there that spoke English well.

I can imagine that things get crazy at this beach during peak season. Things were just picking up when we were there. It seemed like a great beach for the young, beautiful 20 somethings. We met lots of people and had a great time drinking and socializing. My mother and father in law did not enjoy themselves as much. :) There were a number of great hiking trails in the area though that kept them occupied. There is a nudist and gay-friendly beach to the north of Praia Mole beyond the rocks. We enjoyed Praia Mole more!

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Lovely, quiet, and clean golden sands. This is a great little beach for sunbathing, running and surfing. There are a number of places to buy food and drink and a well placed surf club.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

It is a great beach site, with very nice people, white sand, a lot of sun and a blue ocean. The traffic and access are not great though, but it is totally worth.

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Beach has a different vibe than the others. A few small restaurants and a few dj parties add a little different spice. Walked into a gay bar on the north end of the beach for about 20 seconds and left finding the next spot down was a few more chicks. A bit larger surf here than some of the other beaches but a must stop for anyone visiting.

Thank kyle w
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Beautiful beach, with plenty of options for any type of visitor. Nice waves, plenty of space in the sand for sports and beautiful people everywhere. One of the best in Floripa, and that's saying something!.

Thank TravellingLucas
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