Travel Tips For Visiting Recife Brazil

Recife, the capital of the state of Pernambuco, is located in the easternmost part of Brazil, on the Atlantic coast. This city of 1.5 million people is known for its tropical climate and spectacular beaches, attracting tourists from around the world. An influence of various cultures, such as native Indian, Portuguese, African, French, and Dutch create an exciting, diverse environment. Air travel to the city is through the Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport.

A focal point of Recife is the magnificent Boa Viagem Beach. This dramatic stretch of sand goes on for 8 km (5 miles) against the backdrop of tall city buildings and busy road. The ocean changes from green to turquoise to sapphire, with a border of darkly colored reefs showing through the clear waters. The reefs (Recife is reef in Portuguese) act as a buffer against the waves, causing pools to form at low tide where beach-goers can swim.

The Boa Viagem area has many activities such as kite surfing; dancing to mangue music at clubs along the beach; and dining at one of the nearby restaurants. Fresh seafood is abundant, along with native produce, and grilled meats. One of the best places to sample cuisine in the Bahia style (region of Brazil) is the Bargaco at Avenida Boa Viagem, 670, Boa Viagem; this local restaurant serves delicacies such as shrimp and vegetable in coconut milk and is a favorite among both residents and tourists.

Many visitors come to Brazil for Carnival, and the Recife-Olinda Carnival is one of the most popular. Olinda, Recife’s neighboring city, was established in 1537 and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Carnival takes place 40 days before Easter. A highlight of the festivities is the street parade called “Galo da Madrugada” or “Rooster of the Dawn,” where the procession follows a gigantic rooster statue and participants experience the musical traditions of marcatu. Thousands of revelers in costumes dance to bands playing music through sound systems from the top of floats.

To enjoy the most of Recife’s beautiful Boa Viagem area, visitors have the option of staying in a number of nearby hotels. One such accommodation is the Marante, at 1070 Avenue Boa Viagem, Recife; amenities include the sauna, pool, restaurant, Internet, minibar and room service. Another oceanfront hotel is the Beach Class Suites, at Av. Boa Viagem, 1906 Boa Viagem, Recife. This elegant new hotel has an amazing view of the water; there are 145 units with Internet, minibar, outdoor pool, and business center. Both lodgings ensure that travelers have access to the gem of Recife – its glorious beach.

As with any large city, the traveler should avoid deserted areas, be aware of surroundings, and use caution when traveling alone.