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Porto da Barra Beach

Soak up the year-round sun, marvel at glorious sunsets, people watch and visit ancient landmarks at this busy city beach, which overlooks the Bay of All Saints.

Get away from the architectural treasures of Salvador’s city center and spend the day at Porta da Barra Beach (Praia do Porto da Barra). This attractive city beach was included among the world’s best 50 beaches for 2014 as ranked by CNN. Porto da Barra Beach attracts a heady mix of tourists, families and Salvador’s hip and beautiful crowd. Come to swim in crystalline waters, top up your tan and dine at the restaurants and food stands.

The beach is a short curve of soft, golden sand that looks out across the glistening water of the Bay of All Saints. Cool off from the hot sun with a dip in the calm, shallow water. Natural pools form around a breakwater at the southern end of the beach and are relaxing to bathe in.

Find sun loungers and umbrellas to rent all along the beach. Alternatively, look for a quiet spot and lay down a towel. Observe as beachgoers flaunt their toned and sun-kissed bodies by parading up and down the seashore.

Go for a walk along the esplanade and purchase drinks and snacks from the food stands. Bars, cafés and restaurants line the opposite side of the esplanade, many of which stay open until the early hours. They begin to fill up late in the afternoon, when people arrive to watch the sunset.

Set aside some time to explore the historic buildings that sit atop headlands at both ends of the beach. To the south is Santa Maria Fort, built in 1614 and decorated with the coat of arms of the former Empire of Brazil. Affording superb views from a hill above the beach’s northern edge is the Church of St. Anthony of Barra, founded in 1595.

Porto da Barra Beach is about a 15-minute drive from Salvador’s city center and public buses depart regularly from Praça da Sé. Salvador’s favorable climate makes the beach popular year-round and weekends can be extremely crowded. Nearby Farol da Barra Beach is sometimes a quieter option.


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Lodging Near Porto da Barra Beach

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$45
Hotel Bahia Do Sol

Hotel Bahia Do Sol

Av. Sete de Setembro, 2009, Salvador
4.0
of 5, from 260 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Salvador, this hotel is close to Federal University of Bahia, Forte Santo Antonio de Barra, and Porto da Barra Beach. Area attractions also include Fonte Nova Stadium and Farol de Barra Beach.

$35
Village Novo Beach Suites

Village Novo Beach Suites

Avenida 7 de Setembro, 3659, Salvador
3.6
of 5, from 234 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Salvador, this design hotel is near Porto da Barra Beach, Forte Santo Antonio de Barra, and Farol de Barra Beach. Area attractions also include Jesus da Barra and Fonte Nova Stadium.

Marazul Hotel

Marazul Hotel

Avenida Sete De Setembro 3937 - Barra, Salvador
3.7
of 5, from 89 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This beachfront hotel is located in the city center, close to Porto da Barra Beach, Farol de Barra Beach, and Forte Santo Antonio de Barra. Area attractions also include Jesus da Barra and Fonte Nova Stadium.

$49
Hit Hotel

Hit Hotel

Av. Sete de Setembro, 3691, Salvador
4.0
of 5, from 127 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

With direct access to the beach, this Barra hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Porto da Barra Beach, Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra, and Farol da Barra Beach. Jesus da Barra and Museum of Modern Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$59
Hotel Sol Barra

Hotel Sol Barra

Avenida Sete De Setembro 3577 - Porto Da, Salvador
3.5
of 5, from 226 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Barra, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto da Barra Beach, Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra, and Farol da Barra Beach. Jesus da Barra and Museum of Modern Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$12
Bahia Prime Hostel

Bahia Prime Hostel

Alameda Antunes, 56 - Barra, Salvador
4.6
of 5, from 19 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Barra, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto da Barra Beach, Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra, and Farol da Barra Beach. Jesus da Barra and Museum of Modern Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$37
Hotel Porto da Barra

Hotel Porto da Barra

Av. Sete de Setembro, 3783, Salvador
3.4
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Barra hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto da Barra Beach and Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra. Farol da Barra Beach and Jesus da Barra are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$50
Pousada Manga Rosa

Pousada Manga Rosa

Rua Cesar Zama 60, Salvador
4.2
of 5, from 28 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Salvador, this Pousada is close to Porto da Barra Beach, Forte Santo Antonio de Barra, and Farol de Barra Beach. Area attractions also include Jesus da Barra and Fonte Nova Stadium.