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Porto de Galinhas
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Porto de Galinhas which includes swimming, general coastal views and a beach

Join surfers and nature lovers that flock year-round to the glorious beaches of this coastal town.

Porto de Galinhas is one of Brazil’s finest beach towns. With white-sand beaches, pristine coral reefs, mangrove forests and tidal pools, it’s a place blessed by the splendor of Mother Nature. Porto de Galinhas began as a slave trading center and later became a fishing village. Today, largely devoid of overdevelopment, nightlife and traffic, Porto de Galinhas attracts travelers that want to get away from the city bustle to discover Brazil’s celebrated beach culture.

Get your bearings by visiting the small cluster of streets that make up the town center. Find a number of bars, restaurants, rental shops, supermarkets and tour operators. Go to the Hippocampus Project Office, a research center for the study and conservation of seahorses. Its showroom has aquariums with seahorses and other marine animals.

Spectacular scenery spreads in all directions from the town. Dedicate time to exploring the series of beaches, each of which boasts gorgeous stretches of sand, transparent water and natural pools. Practice water sports such as body boarding, kitesurfing, surfing and Jet Skiing. Marvel at the vivid colors of large schools of fish while snorkeling and scuba-diving at unspoiled reefs.

Directly north of the town center is Porto de Galinhas Beach. Watch surfers ride big waves and mingle with a young, chic crowd at Cupe Beach. Swim in one of the area’s largest tidal pools at Muro Alto Beach and escape the crowds at secluded Camboa Beach.

Towards the south is Maracaípe Beach. Surf in consistent, rolling waves at high tide and bathe in the Pontal de Maracaipe tidal pools at low tide. Cool off with a cold beer or fruit juice at bars that almost sit in the warm sea water. Look for nesting seahorses on a boat trip along the Maracaipe River.

Further south, and across the mouth of the Maracaipe River, is Serrambi Beach. This is a popular starting point for scuba-diving trips to off-shore reefs.

Located in the municipality of Ipojuca, Porto de Galinhas is under a 90-minute drive south of Recife. Shuttle buses travel regularly between the Porto de Galinhas town center and Recife. Get between the beaches by foot or via four-wheel drive buggy tours.

Where to stay in Porto de Galinhas

Summerville Resort  - All Inclusive
Summerville Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Gleba 6 -A, Propriedade Merepe - C, s/n, Praia de Muro Alto, Ipojuca, PE
The price is $308 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Nestled on the beach, this Ipojuca resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Muro Alto Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cupe Beach. Porto de Galinhas Natural Pools and Merepe ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (312 reviews)
"This is an amazing resort for bringing the kids- they have a kids club that you can take the kids to play and the parents can relax at the amazing pools. The beach at front is not as good but 2 min walking you will have a great Cristal clear ocean with the resort providing the tables and chairs- ..."

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

Summerville Resort - All Inclusive
NANNAI Muro Alto
NANNAI Muro Alto
5 out of 5
Rodovia PE 09 km 3, Praia do Muro Alto, Porto de Galinhas, Ipojuca, PE
The price is $352 per night from May 20 to May 20
Nestled on the beach, this Ipojuca resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Muro Alto Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cupe Beach. Porto de Galinhas Natural Pools and Merepe ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (195 reviews)
"Experiencia sensacional!! Serviço impecavel! Com certeza, um dos melhores do país!!"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

NANNAI Muro Alto
Vivá Porto de Galinhas Resort
Vivá Porto de Galinhas Resort
4 out of 5
Avenida Beira Mar, S/n Lote B, Gleba 2, Praia do Cupe, Porto de Galinhas, Ipojuca, PE
The price is $151 per night from May 20 to May 20
Nestled on the beach, this Ipojuca resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Cupe Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Muro Alto Beach. Merepe Beach is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
4.4/5Wonderful! (508 reviews)
"The Hotel is absolutely beautiful with gorgeous swimming pools and beautiful warm ocean water. The food in hotel was satisfactory but not "spectacular". It takes about 75 minutes from Recife Airport to get there - definitely worth it as the city itself of Recife has terrible industry with various ..."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Vivá Porto de Galinhas Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Flat Manihi Muro Alto/porto de Galinhas - Vista Para o Mar!
Flat Manihi Muro Alto/porto de Galinhas - Vista Para o Mar!
Ipojuca, Pernambuco
Situated in Ipojuca, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Muro Alto Beach and 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Cupe Beach. Porto de Galinhas Natural Pools and ...
Flat Manihi Muro Alto/porto de Galinhas - Vista Para o Mar!
Modern Beach House in cond. - Muro Alto - Porto de Galinhas (4 suites)
Modern Beach House in cond. - Muro Alto - Porto de Galinhas (4 suites)
Ipojuca, pernambuco
Situated by the sea, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Muro Alto Beach and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Cupe Beach. Porto de Galinhas Natural Pools and Maracaipe ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Férias Maravilhosas
"Estadia maravilhosa, casa de acordo com o anuncio. Bem próxima a praia. A empregada Etiene é um doce de pessoa. Foram dias maravilhosos, tudo muito limpo e organizado."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Modern Beach House in cond. - Muro Alto - Porto de Galinhas (4 suites)
Mar Beach Flat - Palm Village Acqua 407 8
Mar Beach Flat - Palm Village Acqua 407 8
Ipojuca, PE
Situated near the beach, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Muro Alto Beach and 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Cupe Beach. Porto de Galinhas Natural ...
Mar Beach Flat - Palm Village Acqua 407 8
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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