Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, is a city of about 310,000 residents.
Guaruja is located about 580 miles (933 kilometers) south of the national capital Brasilia and approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Sao Paulo.
Guaruja is home to plenty of pretty beachside destinations great for long days in the sun. Eden Beach and Santos Beach are two of the more popular stretches of beach in this coastal location. Pitangueiras Beach and Gonzaga Beach are some of the other coastal destinations in the region.
To catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna native to Guaruja, drive out to several of its famous nature preserves. If you have limited time, at least check out Monte Serrat and Mar Casado Island, two of the more popular in the area. Also try Xixova Japui State Park and Monte Serrat, if you have the time to see more of the area’s variety of biological environs.
This area is renowned as a great place to shop so be sure to get your fix of retail therapy while you are here. Seek out a hot deal, indulge in quality fashion pieces or just enjoy the atmosphere. In Enseada Handicraft Market and Praiamar Shopping Mall you’ll find a wide range of wares to suit all tastes. If you don’t find what you need, there is more at Riviera Shopping Mall and Asturias Handicraft Market.
Discover how brave men and women and other heroes from the past defended their homelands, by taking the family to the city’s various historical forts and strongholds. Two of the most iconic examples here are the Santo Amaro da Barra Grande Fort and the Andradas Fort.
Head beneath the waves and meet some of the ocean's most colorful residents at the Santos Aquarium. Watch rainbows of tropical fish float by and learn about local and exotic species.
If you’d like to have you’re horizons expanded in Guaruja, head to the Fishing Museum and the Museum of Coffee. Of all the collections and museums around, these museums are two of the more recommended.
An iconic religious building, one of the more popular of the many historic sites in the city, is the Santo Antonio do Embare Basilica. Visit this special place to learn about its symbolic significance and then take your time to study its design.