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Morro de Sao Paulo – Bahia – Brazil

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Brazilian girls at Morro de Sao Paulo Beach - Bahia - Brazil

This Brazilian beach is tucked away on the Tinhare Island, an hour and a half off the coast of Salvador, Bahia – home to spectacular beaches in its own right. Morro de Sao Paulo consists of not one, but four beaches, each with its own personality. And the most fun part about Morro de Sao Paulo beach is the famous zip line that takes you from one of the morros or hills, right down to the beach!


The village on the island is know to have grand festas. Hotels, pousadas, and restaurants line the “Rua Caminho das Praias”, or “Beach Road.” It’s all breathtaking, but make a mental note that the little village doubles in population in Brazilian summer – (North American winter).

Morro de Sao Paulo Beach - Bahia - BrazilBeach “One” has had summer houses on it ever since anyone can remember. Nowadays, they serve as “pousadas” or “inns” and home to surfers from all over the globe during the winter (American summer) months. The waves coming into the first beach are simply “knarly”. During the summer season, treat yourself to a nice getaway with crystal-clear waters. This first beach is also home to most of the seaside restaurants. A word of caution – if you’re not from Bahia, make sure you ask for “less” spicy/heavy foods.

Beach Two - Segunda Praia Morro de Sao PauloIf you’re looking for excitement, head down to beach number “Two”. The action never stops. Brazilian “Luaus” take place along the beach every night. There is a music merriment multi-culture like nowhere else. The younger generation, and young at heart hang out here. Don’t be surprised if the parties continue till sunrise.

But that’s not all. The “second” beach is home to the island’s “Rodas de Capoeira“. You’ve heard about this different form of Brazilian martial art. Once a real weapon, now an acrobatic dance, the “Rodas” takes place each day at sunset on a special stage. Just follow the crowd.

Oh, and if you get a chance, try the staircase at the “second” beach. You’ll be able to look out over a few beaches to the blue waters and pristine beaches. Don’t forget your camera.

Hippie Fair at Night - Morro de Sao PauloOn to beach three. Here you will find more pousadas and restaurants. As we make our way down the four beaches, you’ll note they get progressively more quiet. But here, a special treat. If you’re a diver, or even if snorkeling is a pastime, Caita Island will deliver. A large barrier reed is just off shore. Everything can be rented locally. Boat trips to other, spectacular dive sites can be arranged. The island is right off the beach – you can paddle over in a kayak.

And, finally, the “Fourth” beach. It goes on forever. Another reef, serving as a natural barrier, allows coral to form in the hundreds of natural pools that line the shore.

Tiroleza Zip Line Ride - Morro de Sao Paulo, Bahia BrazilThis is nature at its best. And if you happen to peek below the surface, the “Fourth” beach provides opportunity to see some of the most colorful fish of Brazil.

Quieter than the other three, you’ll enjoy the sound of the surf and gentle breezes through the hundreds of palm fronds. Take a nap, or a long walk. Watch the sailboats off shore. Dream. This is paradise.

To get here, you can take the launch that leaves Valenca or Salvador. There are catamarans for hire as well. Ask for Morro de Sao Paulo – your ticket to South American wonder.


  • Sand – white/off white powder, medium grain
  • Facilities – many along the beach and beach road
  • Shade – tall palms, some trees/structures in areas
  • Sports – full service all beaches
  • Notes – one: surf/tan, two: party beach, three: snorkel/diving, four: seclusion

Close by:

– Morro Lighthouse (1835)
– Old Fort Ruins (1630), along with dolphin sightings at sunset, recommended
– Diving – rich marine life, visibility 6 to 15 meters
– Sailing – to other islands, unforgettable

Natural Pools picinas at Morro de Sao Paulo, Bahia Brazil
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  • Anonymous April 10, 2006, 8:58 pm

    I went to Morro de Sao Paulo a few years ago. It was a lot of fun. Nice beaches with dolhins at sunset. And you got to zip line off the cliff. It was great. I am from California, U.S.A.

  • Morro de Sao Paulo August 20, 2008, 6:32 pm

    I have been there two weeks ago, and now there is a amazing whale whatching tour. We saw a lot of hupback whales jumping! Was great!

  • Anonymous December 18, 2008, 5:28 pm

    Cool place, really nice people, the constant questions gets annoying, like wanna eat here, wanna drink something here? i did some capoeira with a really nice mestre by the name of Lagarticha(?) super cool guy. Surfers shouldn´t go there in the summer months as the waves are small.

  • Morro de Sao Paulo Hotels January 3, 2009, 8:24 pm

    That´s realy a very nce place!

  • Morro de Sao Paulo March 25, 2009, 1:00 am

    I have been there two weeks ago, and now there is a amazing whale whatching tour. We saw a lot of hupback whales jumping! Was great!

  • Morro de Sao Paulo Hotels March 25, 2009, 1:04 am

    Cool place, really nice people, the constant questions gets annoying, like wanna eat here, wanna drink something here? i did some capoeira with a really nice mestre by the name of Lagarticha super cool guy. Surfers shouldn´t go there in the summer months as the waves are small.

  • Amil June 11, 2009, 10:47 am

    It's all true. A beautiful place but a bit touristy for my taste. I prefer further north and the beaches of Ceare and Canoa Quebrada. The beaches there are what attract most visitors for they stretch unbroken for hundreds of kilometres. They are invariably superb, a mixture of mountainous sand dunes, palm trees and Atlantic breakers, wilder than the sheltered reef beaches of the southern states of the Northeast.

  • Anonymous August 15, 2009, 2:41 am

    Was there 11 yrs ago and still remember the trip serving unreal surprise. The beach parties had the most beautiful gals by the dozens when Sao Paolans had their long weekend holiday in December. I've lived on Koh Samui for 9 yrs and this island is cool with plenty of party options but I'll always remember that view opening while walking down those rocky steps to the bay. One day I'll be back…

  • Morro de São Paulo September 16, 2009, 5:33 pm

    Morro de Sao Paulo is just a great place. No matter if you want make party or just relax, Morro is the right place. If you want party, stay around the 2nd Beach but if you are looking for tranquility and privacy you can choose one of the hotels on the 4th beach.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I went to Morro de Sao Paolo end oct 2007. I was so taken by this place that even now 2 years later, I still remember my days there and this beautiful paradise. And when i think about it I feel happy. each day started with breakfast right on beach 3 with everybody going past saying hello and good morning. Then we would stroll to beach 4 and spend the whole day taking sun, lying in the natural pools and feeding all these tropical fish (and drinking the ocassional caipirinha). Then in the late afternoon when the tide came in we strolled back to our posada, which in parts of beach 3 meant walking through the sea just like all the locals to get back. We would then chill on our hamacks for while the sun went down, and then in the evening head to beach 1 and the village to see the street life and get a bite to eat, always heading back to beach 2 for a party. The great thing is that each beach is like an entity on its own. beach 1 and the village is for shopping and restaurants, also accommodation. Beach 2 is for partying, drinking and eating. beach 3 is almost all posadas and small hotels, great for staying in. And beach 4 is just amazing.
    Do take plenty of money, the increased tourism from US and Europe means its quite expensive now. Also heres a tip – morro is on the island of tinhare. The north half is where morro and all the tourism is. The south half is barely touched as the guy who owns all the land doesnt allow any building. So get your sandals on and head to beach 4 and just keep walking and walking.
    P.S Try and talk to locals, you´ll find most of the Brazilians here are from all over brazil, attracted by the tourism jobs. They are really interesting and love to share stories about there home towns.

  • Morro de São Paulo January 27, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Morro de São Paulo is the greatest place I have ever been.
    The beaches of Morro de São Paulo are the most beautiful and have the biggest variety you can imagine!
    Restaurants in Morro offer all kind of food, from the regional cousin like moquecas up to Sushi Bars.
    There is a big bandwidth of nightlife as well, lots of diferent Beach-Bars in all colours and styles, Dancing Clubs and yet a big Disco.
    If you´re thinking about visiting this paradise, stop thinking about it, just do it!

  • Teatro do Moro June 25, 2010, 1:59 pm

    For parties, dont miss the Teatro do Morro of Morro de Sao Paulo, an alternative amphiteatre in the jungle. Full moon nights at the Teatro are an absolute must when youre in Morro. Their website says they also offer dorms now: http://www.morrodesaopaulobahia.org
    That should be an interesting low budget alternative fo low budget travellors.

    Cheers, Paul

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