Itamaraca Beach

Itamaraca Beach, Recife: Address, Itamaraca Beach Reviews: 4/5

Itamaraca Beach

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Very good

Anthony A
bkk62 contributions
Most relaxing beaches in splendid nature
Dec. 2016 • Family
Probably the best beaches in the most relaxing atmosphere in North East Brazil. There are 13 different beaches on the island, some very tranquil and others perfect for kitesurfers. you can try each one of them for 2 weeks and spent your last day in your favorite one ;-)
Written 15 December 2016
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Sofia Cicolo
40 contributions
Muito triste Peixe Boi Fechado, forte em ruínas / very sad manatee project closed fort orange in ruins
Jul. 2016
A praia é muito bonita, mas quem for de uber não consegue usar o aplicativo para retornar.
O projeto peixe boi que era muito importante para essa espécie ameaçada de extinção está fechado. O forte orange está em ruínas e abandonado.
The beach is pretty beautiful. It's not possible ask uber for coming back, apparently it doesn't work there.
It very sad that the project manatee is closed. It was essential for preserve the native specie that is in risk to be extinct
The Fort orang is complete abandoned in ruins.
So disappointed
Written 20 July 2016
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ80 contributions
Nice to visit but will not come back
May 2016 • Solo
May be my expectations were to high, but I went to visit the advertised Manatee Center and it is FULLY CLOSED, I was looking for crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, and water was not clear and the sand not too white. Visiting the old Orange Fort is great, but is under Restoration, so most of it is closed.
Written 13 May 2016
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Luxor, Egypt23 contributions
A relaxing day on the beach
Jan. 2016 • Friends
We drove from Recife to Itamaraca yesterday. It started with some rain, but the sky cleared up later. We met up with some friends who rented a beach house. The water was warm but rather shallow during the low tide. There was a slow current from the river mouth. We had some beans, fries, and fried fish for lunch. Rather relaxing. However, the mosquitoes were quite vicious during sunset. Overall, a lovely relaxing day trip.
Written 1 February 2016
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Palm Coast, FL254 contributions
Beautiful beach
Nov. 2015 • Friends
Very beautiful beach. It has an old fort that nowadays has lots of craft stores selling local crafts. The beach has white sand and if you have the chance Walt to the Coroa do Aviao, which is a beautiful island. Both places are beautiful. You will find cheap food and cheap friends there. People are very friendly. Good place to visit
Written 24 November 2015
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London, UK17 contributions
Cheapest beer and food - Beautiful historic place
Sep. 2013 • Friends
We had the cheapest drinks and food of our trip around the northeast of Brazil there. We went by bus from Olinda, and had to change buses once. Is good to get there morning time and come back just after lunch. They have there the manatee aquarium where you can learn a bit of this incredible animal. Dont stay much after lunch for safety reasons. Visited 5 years ago, sorry could not help much.
Written 20 August 2014
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Daniel L
Daniel L
Rio de Janeiro, RJ93 contributions
little island itamaraca
Sep. 2012 • Solo
This island is a old prison island, now it has 3 prison there but the state is moving the prisoners to outher places and the island is coming to be a tourist island. The beaches is not that nice but the project peixe boy is nice to visit
Written 22 August 2013
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3032388 contributions
paradise island not yet explored by americans
Feb. 2013 • Family
paradise place for your family best beaches in the world peaple very nice food very cheap you must visit
Written 6 April 2013
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Recife, PE1,396 contributions
Good for one visit...
A small island north of Recife, about 50 kms away, a place to spend peaceful & quite weekend with family and friends. Local food and variety of Pizza re available, needs attention for cleanliness and development as more acceptable touristic place. Good for one visit...
Written 27 December 2012
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Andrew S
Recife, PE35 contributions
What you need to know, to visit Ilha de Itamaraca!
Oct. 2012 • Couples
The Island of Itamaraca, Pernambuco

Itamaraca lies about 50km north of Recife. It is largely covered in tropical forest, has many beautiful beaches and some fascinating historical sites. Sadly, any visitor soon realises the island has seen better days. In recent years it has suffered illegal land invasion, environmental degradation, and the loss of much of its tourist industry largely due to the presence of 3 large penal institutions (scheduled for closure)
It may no longer be the chic place to holiday that it used to be, but it is still a very charming and beautiful place with much to offer, within easy reach of Recife. A number of ambitious projects are planned for the years ahead, to restore the fortunes of this very special place.

Itamaraca can be reached by road via the bridge crossing at the pretty fishing town of Itapissuma. Public buses leave the Terminal Integrado of Igarassu regularly from early morning to late at night for the island towns of Pilar and Jaguaribe, some taking a 15 minute diversion to Forte Orange on the way. The Igarassu Terminal is itself served by bus lines from many points in Recife. A ticket is valid on multiple buses through the Terminal Integral system for travel as far as the final terminal at Jaguaribe. The island can also be reached by VW Combi 'colectivos' operating out of Igarassu and Abreu e Lima, which can be hailed like taxis. On the island, an informal tremzinho, ('little train') plies between Jaguaribe, Pilar and Forte Orange at popular times such as weekends carnival and the holiday season.
Other settlements on the island include the historic village of Vila Velha, and the northern fringe communities of Praia de Sossego (Beach of Tranquility), Enseiada dos Golfinhos (Dolphins Cove – sadly, the dolphins are long gone), and the Pontal. They are served by a local bus which leaves the main shopping street of Igarassu daily just after 10.00am, and also 15.00 on Mondays Fridays and Saturdays, travelling first to Vila Velha then the northern communities, and terminating at Enseiada dos Golfinhos.
Alternatively, these communities can also be reached by bussing to the terminal at Jaguaribe and taking the 15-minute walk to the end of town and a jetty where from 06.00 to about 22.00, motorised canoes carry foot passengers across a beautiful 50 meter estuary to Praia de Sossego.

Forte Orange
This quiet coastal community is clustered around a magnificent sixteenth-century Dutch fort which sits right on the beach. Other attractions include the tiny palm-fringed island of Coroa do Aviao, which lies only a few hundred meters offshore and can be reached by launch for a fee, negotiable on the beach. Launches also take visitors to visit offshore natural pools, mangroves and Vila Velha, by arrangement. A couple of hundred meters back up the main road is the turnoff to the Peixe Boi (manatee) research, conservation and visitor centre. Forte Orange is the islands' main tourist attraction, with some reasonable restaurants, several pousadas, and a four star hotel.

Vila Velha occupies a stunning location overlooking the ocean and the Coroa do Aviao, and is one of Brazil's oldest communities, albeit with almost no focus on tourism. Today to its handful of residents it is simply a quiet rural village, although visitors can usually find a local guide to help out. The best view across the ocean can be had from the terrace of the only decent restaurant in the village, the Telhadao, at the left of which is the start of the Trilho dos Holandaises, an historic trail which heads downhill 3km to the small church at Forte Orange. (NB The start of the trail at the Forte Orange end is not easy to find, so it is best attempted from Vila Velha). The charming sixteenth-century church at Vila Velha is one of the oldest in Brazil. Unlike many city churches its' doors are open and you can climb the bell tower for even better views of this unspoilt peaceful tropical location. The church occupies a corner of the large grassy square which forms the centre of the village. Behind the church is an ateliê which opens occasionally (weekends and holidays). Adjacent to the church is a pillory from the days of slavery. Just up the square from the church is a rough path that runs along the left side of the Municipal School and down a steep bluff through trees toward the Canal de Santa Cruz, the waterway that separates Itamaraca from the mainland. In a delightful sheltered spot at the water's edge is an historic lime kiln, (Forno de Cal) which has been adopted by a local couple who take care of it and have built a modest timber thatched home above it. They have put together a small collection of artefacts including some Dutch ceramics, and for a small donation will explain the history of the place and even introduce you to local Sangui, (a small monkey) which live in the surrounding trees. If you are lucky you may be able to catch a tourist launch from here back to Forte Orange.

Lagoa Azul (blue lake), is a leisure area in the forest near Vila Velha with pedal boats, a flying fox across the lake, and a restaurant. Access is free, via signposted tracks from the road to Vila Velha and the islands' main road, which also passes the Engenho de Sao Joao, featured in the writings of Gilberto Freyre. You can walk around the Engenho free-of-charge, exercising caution as you should everywhere in this country.

Pilar is the administrative centre of the island and has several council buildings including the Secretaria de Turismo, the police station, post office, library and hospital, a couple of banks, some shops and low-key eating places, ice-creameries, public toilets, a modest hotel, a small, pretty church, and a large square where very noisy events are held - particularly during carnival. Throughout the island sea erosion is becoming a problem, and this is most visible here where several buildings on the ocean side of the square have been abandoned.

Jaguaribe is where the decline of Itamaraca is most evident, where buses to the island terminate, and from where you can cross the estuary to Sossego and the more isolated (and hence unspoilt) beaches of the northernmost communities.
There are plans to refurbish the seafront here. The beach is good, particularly toward the headland, but the town itself has few amenities of a reasonable standard.

The four-kilometer strip of unspoilt beach known as Praia de Sossego, Enseiada dos Golfinhos, and the Pontal are primarily communities of mile after mile of holiday homes; although 1 km uphill from Sossego there is a small resident community with shops, a snack bar, a health post and several churches. Sossego and Golfinhos have a number of small pousadas near the beach. The Pontal is one of the finest spots of beach on the island, and has an upmarket baracca which opens most days for excellent seafood and cold drinks, as do a number of shacks along this long stretch of beach during the holiday season and at weekends. The delightful fishing village of Barra de Catuama lies on the mainland just across from the Pontal, and can be reached by a canoe ferry service (phone 92615698).
Written 2 October 2012
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