[see our top 10 Brazilian beaches – 2009 edition]
On the entry I published recently with photographs of Arraial do Cabo (Brazil in pictures: Arraial do Cabo) I mentioned I was keeping the photographs of the Forno beach for a future opportunity. Well, here it is. We visited the beach on a cloudy Sunday morning – we liked it but didn’t fell in love with it. When we were back in Arraial, mother nature decided to send the clouds away. As we suspected the beach we had just seen might be something of a true marvel under the sun, we decided to go back once again. We made the right choice. Stunning colours! Crystal-clear waters! A moving view!
The beach is crescent-shaped and surrounded by vegetation everywhere. It can be reached on foot or by boat. The right-hand side of the beach (facing the sea) is where the most transparent waters are found; there is a good snorkelling point around the rocks there.
There are boats coming and going non-stop. Every now and then, a boat anchors at the beach.
There are several bars at the beach where you can sit and relax and enjoy life far away from civilization.
Abstent from my photographs are some of the reasons that allow Sancho beach, in Fernando de Noronha, to rest untroubled in the knowledge that she is the absolute number one. While Forno could rise to the challenge when it comes to comparing blue and crystal-clear waters, when the environment around the beach is taken into account it suffers a heavy defeat at the hands of Sancho. From the bar where we sat enjoying a finger-licking dish of fried squid rings we could see: a Brazilian navy submarine anchored in the middle of the bay, the top of an oil rig anchored at Arraial harbour for maintenance work; and the houses of the shanty town at the top of the hill, about to beging its unstoppable descent onto the beach.
We hope we manage to preserve Noronha, as many of the other Brazilian paradises have entered the path of degradation from which there is no return.