Porto Seguro

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Fortaleza showing a church or cathedral and street scenes

Relish the spectacular views of tropical clifftop forests looming over pristine beaches in this region with a remarkable history.

Porto Seguro is the historic point of discovery for Portuguese settlers in the early 16th century. With its many stunning bays and unique place in history, the city is a cultural and scenic haven for vacationers. Discover the region’s rich past in the vibrant Porto Seguro Old City Center and relax on the stunning beaches. Wander through the old city center at night to see the colonial churches and buildings illuminated with an innovative lighting system.

Learn about the arrival of the Portuguese at the Discovery of Brazil Monument (Memorial da Epopéia do Descobrimento). In the museum, peruse the intriguing temporary and permanent exhibits that shed light on the historic arrival in 1500. The complex includes a replica of a ship from the fleet, which you can explore with a docent.

Among the beaches on the outskirts of the city is the northern Muta Beach, known for its colorful maze of coral reefs. Spot crabs and other beach treasures in the sand. Visit Pitinga Beach, on the other side of the city, for the natural pools that emerge here at low tide and the facilities available at beachside tents. Nearer the city center is Taperapuan Beach, which is animated with street performers, live music and exercise classes.

Dine at one of the many restaurants and bars in the lively Passarela do Álcool in the downtown area of the city. Try shrimp, lobster and other regional seafood as well as international cuisine.

To the south is the quaint resort town of Arraial d’Ajuda, with some of the first colonial structures in Brazil. Treat the kids to a day at the Arraial Eco Park Water Park that overlooks the ocean.

The city of Porto Seguro is located in the state of Bahia in the northeastern corner of Brazil. Its beaches lie beside the the Atlantic Forest, which covers a huge part of the country. Arrive at Porto Seguro Airport from other parts of Brazil and drive east for 10 minutes to get to the beaches. Take an overnight bus from Salvador to get here.

Porto Seguro is a fascinating beach oasis that was the starting point for the Portuguese-influenced culture in Brazil.

Where to stay in Porto Seguro

Best Western Shalimar Praia Hotel
Best Western Shalimar Praia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Beira Mar 01, Bahia, Porto Seguro, BA
The price is NZ$79 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cruzeiro Beach and Porto Plaza Shopping. Shopping Blue 22 and Discovery of Brazil Marker are ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (198 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and well maintained. Pool was wonderful. Pool staff and bar were excellent. Good localization and close to airport. I plan to return"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Best Western Shalimar Praia Hotel
Casa Rabanete Trancoso
Casa Rabanete Trancoso
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$175 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Situated in Porto Seguro, this pousada is steps away from Quadrado Square and Quadrado Church. Coqueiros Beach and Tancredo Neves Square are also within 15 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Um lugar maravilhoso!
"Um lugar incrível muito aconchegante e com uma localização privilegiada. O atendimento dos funcionários são espetaculares com um super café da manha."

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

Casa Rabanete Trancoso
Arraial D'Ajuda Eco Resort
Arraial D'Ajuda Eco Resort
4 out of 5
Ponta Do Apaga Fogo 60, Arraial d'Ajuda, Porto Seguro, BA
Located in Arraial d'Ajuda, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Apaga Fogo Beach and Discovery Walkway. Arraial ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)
"Wonderful! 5 stars. Location, staff, amenities, all great!"

Reviewed on 9 May 2019

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Capoeira Village
Capoeira Village
3.5 out of 5
Rua dos Lírios, 257, Porto Seguro, BA
The price is NZ$62 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Taperapua Beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Itacimirim Beach, Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves and Axe Moi Entertainment ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
Nice hotel. Could use use updates.
"The hotel is nice but needs a bit of an update. The beds and pillows were uncomfortable. They could stand to be replaced. They also charge for any extra bedding. Breakfast is brought to you but it could be better quality. The hotel, the room, the pool were all nice and clean. It just could stand ..."

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2020

Capoeira Village
Ouro Sobre Azul Apart Hotel
Ouro Sobre Azul Apart Hotel
3 out of 5
Estrada da Balsa, 303, Arraial d'Ajuda, Porto Seguro, bahia
The price is NZ$84 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Arraial d'Ajuda aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Apaga Fogo Beach and Praia de Araçaípe. Porto Seguro Ferry Dock and Aquarios ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Walk distance to the balsa, great hospitality and great housekeeping. The property is located on a beautiful beach. We highly recommend. Any questions, just ask Cristiano, he will take care of all your needs. Make sure you take plenty of sunscreen. Bahia's sun is pretty powerful."

Reviewed on 22 Dec. 2019

Ouro Sobre Azul Apart Hotel
Kitnet 2 Centro - Porto Seguro, State of Bahia
Kitnet 2 Centro - Porto Seguro, State of Bahia
R. Cosme Damião, 68, Bairro Pequi, Porto Seguro, BA
Located in Puerto Seguro Center, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Seguro Cultural Center and Porto Seguro Municipal Market. Porto Seguro ...
Kitnet 2 Centro - Porto Seguro, State of Bahia
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