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Maceio and Maragogi, Brazil - Crystal Blue-Green Waters & White Sands

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Brazil travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2017   » View Photoset (44 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
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 less hectic!

Beaches Between Maceio & Maragogi

It's 2hrs 45mins between Maceio and Maragogi and there are more beautiful beaches along this stretch of coast!

Paripueira Beach

Paripueira - home of calm waters, natural pools and the native manatee sea creature.

Tabuba Beach

There is also Tabuba Beach offering pure white sands and crystal clear waters.

Japaratinga Beach

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!


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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Maceio and Maragogi, Brazil:

Pousada Oasis, Maragogi, Brazil - Large Photo
Pousada Oasis, Maragogi, Brazil (March 2017 - 1 night) - A nice room and well-priced compared to several of the other pousadas I enquired at. Has a swimming pool and a great buffet breakfast to wake up to. $90 reals per night! If you arrive before midday they will make you wait until exactly that time for you to enter your room - I waited 2 and a quarter hours for mine, it had been ready the whole time, hadn't just been cleaned. Could have been a little more flexible, but still a great place to stay in this nice beach town!
Pousada Gloria, Maceio, Brazil - Large Photo
Pousada Gloria, Maceio, Brazil (March 2017 - 2 nights) - The room was OK and had a nice bathroom but wasn't what I'd call private, with covered windows to other rooms and a lot of sound coming in, but ok for a night. $70 Reals and a great location near the main city beaches and strip of restaurants. There are a few other pousadas around this area and street as other options.

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Maceio and Maragogi, Brazil - Crystal Blue-Green Waters & White Sands. There is a huge contrast between these 2 great beaches on Brazil's northern coast a few hours south of Recife. But they both have beautiful white sands and crystal clear blue-green waters!