Archive for October, 2008

Destination: Maresias

Destination: Maresias

Maresias

Maresias is a popular beach located in the north coast of the state of São Paulo. In a way, it is São Paulo modest answer to Ipanema.

WE LIKE THE MOST: the beach, the mountains, the colour of the sea.

WE LIKE THE LEAST: as elsewhere along de Atlantic Rainforest coast, environmental crime running unchecked.

HOW TO GET THERE: Maresias is 173 km from São Paulo. You can drive there (depending on traffic conditions, it can take anything between 2 and 4 hours). The bus company Litorânea has several daily services to Maresias from the terminal TietE bus station in São Paulo. The bus trip takes four hours.

CAREFUL WITH: traffic conditions during the high season and weekends. The windy road is a constant witness to serious accidents – no doubt helped by the fact that many youngsters attending parties and nightclubs in Maresias do drink and drive on a regular basis.

FAVOURITE PLACES: the main beach.

PIECE OF ADVICE:

  • Maresias is absolute piece and quiet during the low season, to the point of making you wonder what the whole Maresias hype is about.
  • During the weekends, January, and any extended bank holidays, Maresias thrives. Accommodation is hard to come by and driving around becomes a nightmare.
  • if you are in Maresias, you must visit the nearby beaches of Camburi and Barra do Sahy. If you have a car it’s a short drive away. Otherwise, local buses will take you there.

ACCOMMODATION: complete listing of Hotels and Pousadas in Maresias.

WEATHER FORECAST: The weather in Maresias for the next 10 days (data from São Sebastião)

GOOGLE MAPS: Maresias

PHOTOS: Maresias

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October 30, 2008 | By More
November desktop calendar

November desktop calendar

The Brazil Travel Blog brings you every month a calendar for you to use on your computer desktop.

Here is the November 2008 calendar, a street view of wonderful Paraty, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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October 29, 2008 | By More
Accommodation in Barra do Sahy, Barra do Una and Praia do Forte

Accommodation in Barra do Sahy, Barra do Una and Praia do Forte

We’ve made another update in Accommodation in Brazil, with three new blog posts with full listings of accommodation in Barra do Sahy and Barra do Una in the state of São Paulo and Praia do Forte in the state of Bahia.

October 28, 2008 | By More
links: Balneário Camboriú

links: Balneário Camboriú

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To make up for the absence on this blog of a specific post devoted to Balneário Camboriú, I am publishing a blog entry with links to sites of interest.

Camboriú has an official website: Secretária de Turismo de Balneário Camboriu (in Portuguese only).

There are several portals, including Camboriú.com.br, Camboriu.org, praia Camboriu.com.br and guia Camboriu.com.br. They all have sections on accommodation.

Interesting info can also be found in pages covering the entire state of Santa Catarina (where Balneário Camboriú is found). Santa Catarina Turismo has a section in English where Camboriú is mentioned. Other pages with information include Bela Santa Catarina and Guia Santa Catarina.

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October 27, 2008 | By More
<em>Couvert artístico</em>

Couvert artístico

In places with sizeable concentrations of tourists it is quite common for restaurants to present a band or an artist playing live music. Could be just the one singer with a guitar, could be a bigger group. Whenever there is live music at the restaurant it’s good to pay attention, as your bill will include a couvert artístico – an extra charge. In many cases the couvert artístico is reasonable and you don’t mind paying for it. Live performances are more often than not of a really good quality. But be careful as the couvert artístico of a number of places is outrageously expensive.

October 24, 2008 | By More