Destination: Maresias

October 30, 2008 | By More


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.


  • 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)


PHOTOS: Maresias

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  1. Ana Paula de Carvalho says:

    Hi !! I am from Santos – SP
    You have a great blog 🙂 I work with tourism and i love it
    I would like to see pictures of my city in your blog!
    Santos has beautiful beaches and a rich history…and that deserves to be shown
    ps: Sorry about my english

  2. Fountain Tours says:

    Very beautiful place, has not yet been in the area, but plan to in 2009 be sure to go.

  3. Erica says:

    I like the picture of Maresias beach. Hopefully I’ll have the chance of visiting this place someday.

  4. Tony says:

    You’d do well, it’s a great place, the neighbouring beaches are wonderful too.

  5. Matt says:

    Absolutely stunning, I can almost feel the sand on my toes and the warm wind on my face. Brazil is gorgeous.

  6. Tony says:

    Thanks Matt, Maresias is a grand place indeed.

  7. Tom says:

    Your blog is fantastic, really interesting reading!

    I’m off to Maresias in a few weeks and I’m wondering if there are plenty of ATMs there where I can use my UK visa card, or if I should stock up on Reais whilst I’m in Sau Paulo?

  8. Tony says:

    Thanks, Tom. Maresias is tiny so don’t expect to find a wide range of options when it comes to ATM’s. But I seem to remember there was at least one affiliated to the Cirrus Network (MasterCard). There’s likely to be other working for Visa. My advice would be, try to change money in São Paulo for the first few days. If anything goes wrong in Maresias and you can’t find a working ATM (I think you will find one, it’s a place visited by thousands of tourists) you can always travel to nearby São Sebastião where you are certain to find an ATM you can use. All the best!

  9. Tom says:

    “Obrigado” for the reply Tony!

  10. I really liked the blog and all the information on it! Great job on this post about Maresias but I think there’s a lot more to talk about this beautiful destination. For example the nightclub Sirena, one of the best, fanciest and biggest nightclubs in Brazil. Boiçucanga and Camburizinho are also very nice places to visit!

  11. Tony says:

    Guilherme, many thanks for your kind words. Your blog is very interesting too! You’re right about Sirena, I didn’t mention it as opinions are far from unanimous. Some find its entrance charges outrageous, others are incensed by the reckless and murderous drink and driving practices its customers spread along the entire region. I love Camburi/Camburizinho, and Barra do Sahy too. All the best!