Brazil is one of those places you need to visit more than once in order to start to understand how to do it right. While destinations such as Rio and Sao Paulo are on most must-see lists, Brazil’s diversity and cultural versatility extend beyond the high-rises and popular beaches of these mega cities.
I often get asked what the best time to visit Brazil is and my answer seldom changes. The best time to go to Brazil is all the time. The friendly giant boasts varied climates and multiple holidays, hardly leaving a visitor out of options. Peak season runs from November to March, although winters in June and July are mild, pleasant, and uncrowded. Regardless of your choice, there is something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite spots and properties in Brazil, from the tropical North to the temperate South.
Trindade (Rio de Janeiro)
Part of historical Paraty, Trindade is a paradise comprised of more than 50 preserved beaches and waterfalls. The town’s main street is just as exciting — arts and crafts, live music, and rustic restaurants are a local tradition.
Distance from Rio de Janeiro: 4 hours by bus
Stay: Villa Casa Verde
Ubatuba (São Paulo)
Besides all of its pristine beaches, Ubatuba’s hotels, restaurants, and waterfalls make it a top destination for those eager to get out of São Paulo’s big city chaos.
Distance from São Paulo: 3 hours by bus
Stay: Penhasco Ubatuba
Maraú Peninsula (Bahia)
The peninsula of Marau in Bahia is known for housing some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Brazil. A particular favorite is Cassange beach. Extensive, untouched and with great waves, the beach Cassange has more soft sand than the others. There you will also find Cassange Lagoon, a freshwater lagoon separated from the ocean by a strip of sand 300 meters wide.
Distance from Salvador: 45 minutes by Ferry
Stay: Marau Beach Cottage
This tiny fishing village has been kept a secret for a long time. Now, recently discovered by the rest of the world, Trancoso boasts an array of chic boutique accommodations fit for its well traveled, jetsetter crowd. This unspoiled patch of paradise is well worth the travel.
Distance from Salvador: 2 hours by plane
Stay: Casa Lola
Pitinga (Arraial D’Ajuda)
In the native language, Pitinga means Red, as per the cliffs that border the sea and the reefs forming natural pools of warm water. This beach is full of charm, with strong waves breaking on the reefs near the shore, green sea, cliffs on all sides and soft sand. You can reach the beach walking on the beach Mucugê through a dirt road.
Distance for Porto Seguro: 1 hour by car
Stay: Tropical Shangri-la