Porto de GalinhasIpojuca, in Pernambuco.
The closest airport is in Recife/Guararapes, some 60 km north of Porto de Galinhas. The bus company Cruzeiro (tel. 0800 81 2662 or +55 81 2101-9000) operates busses (ônibus) from Recife center to Porto de Galinhas from 4:45AM until 10:30PM. These busses stop at Recife Airport.
From Recife, local buses and taxis make the trip to Porto, as locals call it. The bus company Cruzeiro (tel. 0800 81 2662 or 81 2101 9000) operates busses (ônibus) from Recife center to Porto de Galinhas from 4:45AM until 10:30PM. Journey by bus takes around 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes and stops at the airport and several other locations in Recife. The bus costs R$6.70. It doesn't have air-conditioning. If the bus is full you will have to stand for the trip. The bus terminal in Porto de Galinhas is next to the gas station o posto at the end of the Rua de Esperança, the main street of Porto de Galinhas. Other bus lines are available. The line 195, operated by Cruzeiro as well, has busses equipped with air conditioning, better seats and a semi-express route. It costs R$10,40 and leaves each hour from Cais de Santa Rita in Recife. At the other end of the Rua de Esperança is the praçinha (little plaza), the city center on the beach and near the tide pools.
By carPorto de Galinhas is about 80 km from Recife (via BR-101 and PE-60 roads), 330 km from Natal, 800 km from Salvador, 2.300 km from Rio de Janeiro and 2.800 km form São Paulo.
Bustling beach town in summer, lots of dining places, local "churrascarias" (barbecue) and good seafood. Lots of beach activities in the area. Amongst them, visits to the "piscinas naturais" in a jangada, a local raft tour to the nearby reefs, where sea water makes natural ponds, and lots of different fish can be seen.
If lucky enough you might attend a sea turtle birth at full moon in midsummer, plan for a full moon stay.
Note that the beautiful reefs are only available at very low tide, for about two hours a day. Ask for information at travel agency or tourism information center for the recommended days and hours to visit reefs.
Hippocampus Projectphone: +55 81 3552-2191address: Rua da Esperança, 700Dedicated to research the biology, cultivation and preservation of Brazilian seahorses.
Buggy toursphone: +55 81 3552-1930
- Take a trip on a little boat in the lagoon and swim with the fish (take some kind of footwear as the rocks are sharp!).
- Walk to nearby Maracaipe and watch the surfers.
- Find a spot on the beach, order shrimp and beer, sit back and relax.
- In the beach point Pontal do Maracaipe local kitesurfers can be seen. For the more adventurous, classes on this sport are available as well.
- Visit beautiful Praia Dos Carneiros. White sandy, cristal clear water beach located south of Porto de Galinhas, very near Tamandaré. Can be reached by boat trip.
phone: +55 81 3552-2180 or +55 81 8811-7393Hire a boat and get to Ilha de Santo Aleixo. Caribbean-style Island front of Toquinho beach (south of Porto de Galinhas). Ideal for snorkelling and swimming. The excursion takes up to 6 hours.
Scuba divingaddress: located at various hotelsExplore the natural reef by scuba diving while you're there. These guys will come pick you up at your hotel (which ever one in a 6 miles radius) and take you to explore the natural ponds. A great experience.
address: Pontal de Maracaipe
VIC Safari Adventuresphone: +55 81 3562-1172, +55 81 9255-0370, +55 81 8742-3540VIC Safaris Adventures operates off-road jeep tours to the rural attractions of Porto de Galinha, with visits of old sugar cane mills, swimming under a waterfall and seeing of animals, like sloths.
BarcaxeiraThe name is a mixture of barco (boat) and macaxeira (sweet cassava). The speciality of Barcaxeira is macaxeira gratinada, baked mashed cassava with meat and cheese.
BeijupiráExpensive but delicious. The speciality of the restaurant is beijupirá (filet of cobia). They serve lobster and shrimp dishes as well. Menus are available in English, German, Italian and Finnish.
- Carne-de-Sol da Cunha - Excellent meat for a good price. One dish serves two people.
Peixe na Telhaaddress: Rua das Piscinas NaturaisSeafood at the seaside. "Telha" is a curved clay tile used to roof houses. The speciality of Peixe na Telha is a fish baked in this clay tile. The restaurant is accessible from the road or from the beach. It provides a free shower for people coming for dinner directly from the beach. For R$5 to 15 they guard valuables during the meal. The restaurant is directly in front of the natural tide pools.
- Tio Dadá - In the town center 50 meters from the natural pools.
Hotels range from cozy "pousadas" to top-quality five-star resorts (Nanai and Summerville). Especially at weekends the city center will be very loud. The streets around the Pracinha are full of party-goers and the bands play on the streets in front of the pousadas. Especially Pousada Benedita and Pousada Marakatu are only a few meters away from the street parties. Room prices in one of the posadas at the city center start at R$50. Avoid being led to a hotel by touts, as you will get an inflated price.
Casa Amarelaaddress: Praça 18
phone: +55 81 3552-5000address: Sitio costa tropicana - Lote 182The first hotel of Porto de Galinhas. Literally on the beach, which is also one of the region's safest ones for swimming. Great for kids, with a whole staff just for them.
Pousada Beira MarGood service by the two Swiss owners.
Pousada da Beneditaphone: +55 81 3552-1343address: Rua da Esperanca 85centre, 60m from the main beach, cheap and clean little hotel, perfect location!
Pousada Doce CabanaThis pousada is situated in a quiet residential area about 15 minutes walk fromn the city center. It has a pool with a swim-in sauna and provides full breakfast and free internet service to guests. They have English speaking staff and English speaking drivers on call for excursions.
Pousada Recanto do LoboIdeal for families.
Pousada Sonhos do PortoVery cozy and amiable staff. Very nice service and hosting. Can host parties of up to 8 people per apartment.
Pousada TabajubaIdeal for honeymooners! This cosy little pousada is just the best when you want to spend a lovely honeymoon. The staff will make sure that you feel like you're in a little piece of paradise. When there, be sure to try the massage therapy, it's the best!
address: Pontal da praia do CupeGreat both for couples with and without kids. Maybe the best feature of this Pousada, along with it's being on the beach, is the food! Be sure to order the lobster, it's a speciality!
Pousada Villa delle Roseaddress: Rua Manuel UchôaThis pousada provides a friendly, quiet atmosphere within five minutes walk from the center. The rooms are sparsely furnished, but have a minibar. The proprietor, Rose, speaks English.
phone: +55 81 3552-1144address: Praça 11, 19Che Lagarto Hostel Porto de Galinhas is located 4 blocks from the beach.
Beaches further south are also beautiful, but harder to access. Tamandaré can be accessed going south on the PE-60 road. There are signs on-route with directions to Carneiros. Toquinho and Serrambi are some of the other options.