Morro de Sao Paulo

Morro de Sao Paulo is a delightful village on the northern tip of Bahia state’s Tinhare island. Long a getaway favorite for foreigners and Brazilians alike, it is only accessible by plane.
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Morro de Sao Paulo BeachIt caters to tourists seeking a more relaxed vacation experience, and features impressively tranquil and beautiful beaches, candlelit dining, and smart boutique shops. You are sure to be charmed by the mango-lined Canal de Taperoa, and the laidback, carefree nightly beach parties during high season.

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Activities and Attractions
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Morro Swimming

The town’s carved stone gate, which dates from the 17th century, is the town’s trademark, as well as old fort ruins just around the corner. The historic lighthouse is a must see, and also offers a zip-line that descends down to the beach.

The jewels of Morro are the town’s four pristine beaches, appropriately named First, Second, Third, and Fourth (or Primeira, Segunda, Terceira, and Quarta). Check out Primeira Praia for football matches, and some moderately sized surf waves. Segunda Praia is where most of the action happens, with numerous restaurants, hotels, and a few nightclubs. Terceira Praia features most of the town’s boating, while Quarta is the most isolated, tranquil, and long.

Boat trips run around R$70, and you are bound to stop at Garapua and Morere offshore coral reefs, see spectacular mangrove ecosystems, stop at a floating oyster bar, and have the opportunity to snorkel Horseback rides can also be arranged at several spots for R$25 an hour.

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Where to Stay
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Be forewarned that Morro is jam-packed during the high season, so make your reservations well ahead of time. Morro offers around 100 hotels and hostels, but be aware that anything on Segunda Praia will be loud during the high season due to the nightclubs.

> Hostel Morro de Sao Paulo
This HI-affiliated hostel offers good value at a reasonable price.
Dorms go for R$48 a night, while double rooms can be had for R$120 a night. 
Rua de Fonte Grande
Tel: 3652 1521
www.hosteldomorro.com.br

> Pousada Colibri
This delightful hilltop hostel offers a choice of two-room suites and cabins, and is perfect for those seeking medium grade accommodations.
Rooms range from R$125 to 185 per night.
Tel: 3652 1243
www.pousada-colibri.com

> Pousada Ilha do Sol
This pousada, with proximity to the beach, offers moderately-priced two room suites.
Suites range from R$180 to 220 a night.
Rua da Prainha, Primeira PraiaTel: 8871 1295
www.pousadailhadosol.com.br

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Where to Eat
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Morro de Sao Paulo offers a range of dining options from simple juice and pastel (empanada) stands and foodcards, to wonderful beachfront restaurants where you can dine with your toes in the sand.

 

> Sabor de Terra
This incredible seafood restaurant also doubles as a pousada. Make sure to try the moqueca (spicy fish stew) or casquinha de siri (shredded crab meat).
Rua Caminho da Biquinha 10
Tel: 3652 1490
www.pousadaperoladomorro.com.br

> Pizza & Restaurante Bianco e Nero
Great seafood, pasta, and pizza can be found in this upscale restaurant. Enjoy some Italian fare on the large outdoor terrace.
Rua Caminho da Praia
Tel: 3652 1097

> Tia Lita
For those seeking simple, homestyle cooking, you can't go wrong with the chicken, fish, or beef.
Rua da Prainha, Terceira Praia
Tel: 3652 1532
www.pousadatialita.com.br

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Getting There
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Morro Sunset

You can reach Morro de Sao Paulo with a catamaran for around R$50. It takes about 2 hours and there a 3 living every day, this is a really nice ride. There are also Speed boats (lanchas rapidas) which will be slightly faster but it will still take around 1H45 mns to get to the Island, it costs R$60.
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Departure point is the Terminal Marítimo Turístico in Salvador. There are also some departures from Valença that are much cheaper (R$5) it take 1and a half hour, with one boat every hour from 7am to 5pm. Or speed boats for R$11 that take 40 minutes.

Or by plane: 3 daily flights from Salvador take 20 minutes and cost R$170
- Aerostar - Tel: 3652 1312)
- Adey Taxi - Tel: 3652 1242)


You will land on the northern tip of the island
, where all visitors must pay a R$10 tourism tax. Especially during high season, make sure to line up your flight well ahead of time.
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