Morro de São Paulo, a charming little fishing village found on Tinharé Island (1.5 hrs off the coast from Salvador) in the state of Bahia is still relatively undiscovered, but word is spreading quickly of its across the board offerings from idyllic deserted beaches to buzzing parties and nightlife.
The island consists of not one, but four beaches, each with its own personality. The most fun part about Morro de São Paulo beach is the famous zip line that takes you from the morro (hill), right down to the beach. Mind you, this is the most efficient form of travel on the island as there are no roads, and better yet, no traffic.
Here’s a little break down of each beach:
Of the Bahia beaches this one is closest to the island’s village. It’s small size is compensated with coral walls on both ends and easy to spot sea life. It’s also the only beach on the island that has some waves. Note: If you want to avoid the tourists and mix with the locals this is definitely the place to be!
Although it’s the widest beach it’s also the most crowded. There are tons of bars and restaurants, as well as nightlife. At the end of this beach you will find Ilha da Saudade – considered one of the most beautiful sites in Morro de São Paulo.
Here you’ll find lots of hotels and restaurants. It’s a popular spot for diving and snorkeling and from here you can make boat excursions to all the other beaches on the island.
This is the longest of all the beaches (over 4km) and also the most deserted. Only the beginning of the beach has any infrastructure at all. A coral barrier reef here creates many large serene pools that make for good snorkeling.
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