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An Introduction to Porto de Galinhas

June 19, 2009


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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009 20:04

    Good post, not too long and still descriptive and informative. Thanks for tips about the scam artists, it can be so easy to fall into their traps!

    Cheers Erin

  2. paulbarnett permalink*
    August 21, 2009 09:39


    Thanks for your comments. Regarding the scam, I think it is important to highlight them when there is a problem, but overall I would suggest that in Brazil the problem is not big. Like many countries in the work the major tourist hotspots can unfortuntely be a magnet for ruthless and corrupt operators. I hope this problem in Porto de Galinhas is resolved, but do not let it put you off going there. Porto and the beaches around are the spectacular. Probably the best in the region is Carneiros.

    Are you here, orplanning a visit? Look me up if you are:
    SKYPE: paulbarnettuk

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