An Introduction to Porto de Galinhas
Porto de Galinhas is a spectacular beach destination 63km south of Recife. It is also surrounded by other equally spectacular beaches that can be reached by foot, car or buggy taxi.
A few years ago it was a small village servicing people staying at holiday homes, pousadas or small resorts. It has grown fast to support the growth of large resorts and an increasing number of other types of accommodations.
Its infrastructure has improved, but it has lost a lot of its charm in the process. It has also attracted some ruthless businesses that are out to exploit tourists. Worst are the beach operators who try many scams. For these reasons, we would only recommend Porto de Galinhas as a base from which to see and explore the many destinations away from the hustle and bustle, destinations that usually have a lot less to offer in terms of accommodation.
Some places definitely worth a visit are within walking distance of the center of Porto, or a short trip by buggy taxi. They include Muro Alto, Maracaipe and Serrambi. A little further away are yet more great beaches such as Calhetas, Tamandaré, Carneiros. Click the following link for a listing of all the beaches.
Recife Guide has details of accomodations in Porto de Galinhas. We also list details of places to eat and where to enjoy the bars and nightlife.
It is easy to get around from here, and the best ways are often by foot to nearby beaches, or by a buggy. They can be used as a taxi service or hired for beach hopping half-day or day tours. Recife Guide will help you organise everything and recommend Day Tours from Recife that are offered by our partners.