Tamandaré (100 km South of Recife)
Tamandaré is a popular location for beach houses for the middle and upper classes from Recife. It is also a popular destination for day trips from the city, either by car or organised tour, as this beach is not so easy to reach by public transport.
It can get very crowded at weekends, especially in summer. There are several types of accommodations available and a good infrastructure of shops and restaurants. The beach also offers many types of water sport activities and boat trips.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Tamandaré itself, Carneiros, the neighbouring beach could not be more tranquil. It is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. You can find yourself alone here in the quieter times. The downside is there are very few places to stay there.