Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman -
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Maceio and Maragogi - there is a huge contrast between these 2 great beaches on Brazil's northern coast a few hours south of Recife! Firstly Maceio
is a city beach and therefore is absolutely packed with people by the thousand, Maragogi 2hrs 45mins further north however, is much more easy-going
and there's ample space for everyone. I arrived in Maceio in a large passenger van from Penedo 2hrs 45mins south-west and headed by taxi to a
pousada (cheap accommodation) just 1 block back from Pajucara Beach (Praia do Pajucara).
Pajucara Beach - Maceio
The first things you will notice about this beach are
the overwelming crowds and just how much yummy food there is around to eat! The beach is backed by hundred's of palm trees so there is lots of
shade, a sea of colored umbrellas cover the sand from one end to the other (a long way). Restaurants, hotels and apartment buildings line the street
behind the beach as do a few 'all you can eat' buffets which are always available where ever you are in Brazil, I love those! On the beach they set
up 'Barracas' where you can sit down, have a drink and order a plate of seafood! Brazil's beaches are great in this respect, the beachgoers are always
well looked after, it's big business! The crystal blue-green waters are the main attraction and there are all sorts of activities going on. You can
hire a small boat, you can kitesurf but most people are happy to just swim and play! The long white sands are pretty clean too. For me the city beach
in Maceio was worth a look but it's just too crowded for it to feel like a holiday. I was keen to head up the coast to Maragogi, somewhere a little
Beaches Between Maceio & Maragogi
It's 2hrs 45mins between Maceio and Maragogi and there are more beautiful beaches along this stretch of coast!
Paripueira - home
of calm waters, natural pools and the native manatee sea creature.
There is also Tabuba Beach offering pure white sands and crystal clear waters.
Japaratinga Beach is another along this coral coast, seafood galore!
Arriving in Maragogi, the pousadas along the road in front of the beach are expensive.
I slipped down a side street and found something for half the price! Maragogi is small, the beach is wide and the sea is huge, there's no crowds here!
Things To Do in Maragogi
Beach soccer, boat tours, snorkelling, scuba diving, natural pools, buggy rides and the popular banana boat ride! You can sit in the shade of a palm
tree or umbrella and sip coconut juice straight from the coconut - ice-cold of course! You can even rent a sheltered beach bed complete with pillows!
Maragogi has many arts and crafts shops along the waterfront and as usual in Brazil, food is easy to find. Maragogi, Paripueira and Japaratinga
Beaches are a much better bet for a great beach holiday than Maceio that's for sure, you'll have fun!
Bus to Recife
From Maragogi I headed north by road 3hrs 30mins to Recife
and later more beaches further north!