Brazilian Caribbean: Check out our tips on 7 Brazilian destinations that surprise as much as the Caribbean

that the Brazil it is a country of countless beauties, we all already know. What we often don't realize is that we're looking outside for what we have here. 

who never dreamed of travel to the caribbean? paradise beaches, with white sand and sea in shades of blue and green, are the desires of most travelers. 

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However, for many, this dream can be a little more complicated to fulfill, since an international trip requires more planning and, of course, investment.

But what you may not know is that it is possible to find Brazilian destinations that surprise as much as the Caribbean. Some of them much closer than we think. 

That's why we prepared this special post listing 7 Brazilian destinations that surprise as much as the Caribbean. There are places for all tastes and pockets spread along the coast of Brazil.

Check out our tips below and start planning your next trip to a paradise setting that will make you feel like you are in the Caribbean.

Discover the 7 Brazilian destinations that surprise as much as the Caribbean

Campeche Island

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It is not by chance that Ilha do Campeche, located in Florianópolis, is known by many as Brazilian Caribbean. The sea in shades of emerald, with calm and crystalline waters, adds to the fine and white sand to compose a paradisiacal scenery.

1.5 km from Praia do Campeche, the island is one of the most sought after destinations by those who go to Florianópolis. 

In addition to the natural beauties, the island has historical and cultural treasures: cave paintings dating from 3,500 BC can be found all over the place. 

Therefore, the Campeche Island was declared a National Archaeological and Landscape Heritage by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). 

As a conservation measure for the area, entry to the island is restricted to a maximum number of 770 people in low season and 800 in high season. And it is only possible to get there on one of the boats with a landing permit.

On Campeche Island, the main attraction, without a doubt, is Praia da Enseada. 

With 500 meters in length, the paradisiacal stretch of sand is an incredible place to relax and enjoy the sea. At one of its ends, natural pools form between the rocks and allow for refreshing baths. 

In addition, trails invite you to discover the nature of the island and observe the cave paintings. 

Fernando de Noronha Archipelago

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The 21 islands that make up the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago are second to none in the Caribbean. It can even be compared to Los Roques, a beautiful archipelago in the Venezuelan Caribbean. 

For starters, Fernando de Noronha has one of the best beaches in the world, Praia do Sancho. The golden sands, framed by colorful cliffs and bathed by a light blue sea, form a paradisiacal setting. In the water, the corals reveal a rich marine life that can be observed during a dive – a sport widely practiced on the island. 

But this is just an example of what can be found in Fernando de Noronha. Once a prison, then a military strategic point and today one of the most desired tourist destinations, the archipelago has incredible places.

The beaches are certainly the main attractions of Fernando de Noronha. Among the main ones are Praia do Atalaia, Praia do Cachorro, Praia do Meio, Praia da Conceição, Baía dos Porcos, Baía dos Golfinhos, Praia do Porto, Baía do Sueste and Praia do Leão.

But there is much more to do in the archipelago. Fernando de Noronha has a very rich marine life and great places for diving, such as the Eleni Stathatos Shipwreck. The Greek ship that sank near the Port of Santo Antônio, in 1929, is now home to turtles, lobsters, stingrays, sharks and some fish.

The island also has several trails that reveal incredible landscapes and run through the uninhabited side of the archipelago. 

Another unmissable tour in the archipelago is the visit to the National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha. In addition to observing the nature of the region, it is possible to enjoy stunning natural pools. 

Parrachos de Maracajaú

Photo: Maracajau Diver

Speaking of stunning natural pools, the Parrachos de Maracajaú are a great choice for those who want to enjoy a paradisiacal setting, but cannot go to the Caribbean.

The Parrachos de Maracajaú are natural pools formed between coral reefs on the high seas. They are about 7 km from the coast of Rio Grande do Norte, about 65 km from the capital Natal. 

The sea is crystal clear and calm, ideal for diving among the corals to observe the marine life, which is very rich in the region. Parrachos de Maracajaú are great for those who want to enjoy the sea with refreshing baths. Floating platforms also work as viewpoints to observe the beauty of the place.   

To get to Parrachos de Maracajaú it is necessary to board a speedboat or catamaran at Maracajaú Beach. The journey takes about 30 minutes. The visit can be made from Natal, in a day trip.

Disembarkation at Parrachos de Maracajaú is done on the platforms, where you can leave your belongings to better enjoy the stunning natural pools. The stay is approximately 1h30, during low tide. Therefore, it is recommended to make the most of your time in this paradise. 

Maragogi natural pools

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Located in the Costa dos Corais environmental preservation area, the stunning natural pools of maragogi they are also second to none for the beaches of the Caribbean.

You can choose between visiting the galés and taocas, great for diving, or the pools of Barra Grande, shallower and perfect for bathing. All are equally beautiful and unmissable for anyone going to Alagoas. 

The natural pools of maragogi extend for 137 kilometers. To reach them, it is necessary to board a speedboat or catamaran and the journey takes about 20 minutes. 

The area is protected by the Navy and visitors are restricted to approximately 2 hours during low tide. 

The greenish and calm sea, in addition to being beautiful, is perfect for diving and relaxing baths. The site is home to more than 46 species of fish, which live in the coral reefs. 

Port of Chickens

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Porto de Galinhas, in Pernambuco, can be compared to Punta Cana, in the Caribbean. This is because, in addition to the natural beauties, it has a complete infrastructure to provide the best experience to visitors.

Beautiful beaches and stunning natural pools are part of this incredible destination in northeastern Brazil. But does not stop there. Luxurious resorts and excellent cuisine are part of the package for those who travel there. 

The crystalline sea, the white sands and the peaceful atmosphere of Porto de Galinhas invite you to relax. The natural pools are excellent for bathing and diving. 

You can also ride a buggy through beautiful landscapes that will leave anyone with their jaws dropped. 

All this makes Porto de Galinhas one of the most desired destinations in Brazil.  

Deserted beaches of Ilha Grande

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the paradise Big Island, in Angra dos Reis, on the Costa Verde of Rio de Janeiro, is a treasure of the Brazilian coast. Covered by preserved Atlantic Forest and bathed by clear waters in shades of green and blue, it has beautiful beaches that impress everyone who visits them.

With an area of 193 km² and more than 100 options for portions of sand – in addition to trails, waterfalls, rivers and lagoons – Ilha Grande is a complete destination for those seeking immersion in nature.

Many beaches are practically deserted and have breathtaking scenery. An example is Praia Lopes Mendes. The extremely white sands and the crystal clear blue sea make this one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Surrounded by forest in its 3 km of extension, the beach has no structure and can only be accessed through trails. 

Another lush deserted beach on Ilha Grande is Caxadaço. With access by trail of high difficulty, Praia de Caxadaço is usually visited by boat. The stay is limited, as it is only 15 meters long and has no structure. There, the sea is calm and in shades of green, surrounded by rocks and lots of vegetation.

Praia de Parnaioca, one of the most isolated on Ilha Grande, is yet another example of the Caribbean beauty that can be found here in Brazil. In the open sea, it has agitated and crystalline waters in shades of green and blue. The sands are fine and white, framed by a lot of green. A place to sit and enjoy the view. 

Finally, Praia dos Meros impresses with the white color of the sand that contrasts with the green of the sea and the forest that surrounds it. It is also quite isolated and can only be accessed by boat. There is no structure, it is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy the sea without any hustle.

Paradise islands in Paraty

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Paraty is a beautiful city and not to be missed. Located on the Costa Verde of Rio de Janeiro, it has countless natural beauties. In addition, it is a destination for those who love history and architecture. There is no way not to be enchanted by the charm of the buildings with colored doors and windows. 

The beaches are a spectacle apart and are distributed both on the mainland and on the 65 islands that make up the territory of Paraty. 

The beauty of the paradise islands in Paraty is surprising. Each one with its particularity and, in common, the sea – in shades of green and blue – that completes the breathtaking scenery. 

Check out some of the paradisiacal islands of Paraty below and understand why this little piece of paradise in Brazil does not lose anything, in terms of beauty, to the Caribbean.

  • Bladder Island – Managed by the experienced navigator Amyr Klink, Ilha do Bexiga has a small beach 30 meters long. Covered by preserved vegetation, the island has a viewpoint where the Forte Bexiga used to be, one of the surveillance sites in the Bay of Paraty.
  • Long Island - One of the most beautiful in the region and a natural aquarium with several marine species. The waters that bathe the island are crystalline in shades of green and, in the midst of the rocks that surround them, there are natural pools that are great for diving.
  • Desert island - Like Ilha Comprida, Ilha Deserta has a very rich marine life. It is the ideal place for those looking for peace to enjoy the sea and nature.
  • fishing island – Located in front of Praia Vermelha, Ilha da Pescaria is very small, but has an unparalleled beauty. The extremely calm and crystalline sea is great for diving, even at night. 
  • Araujo Island – The second largest island in the archipelago is also one of the most urbanized. In it there are several options of restaurants, snack bars, inns and campsites. In addition, there are four beautiful beaches: Tapera and Brava, on the west side; and Salvador Moreira and Pontal, on the east side. 
  • Pelado Island – Farther from Paraty than the others, Ilha do Pelado is 33 km from the city center, close to the border with Angra dos Reis. Ilha do Pelado has four beaches, bathed by a greenish sea, in addition to a mineral water source.
  • Two Sisters Island – Just 10 minutes from the pier of Paraty, Ilha Duas Irmãs is formed by two small rock formations. Covered by bromeliads, it has a very charming setting that invites you to relax.
  • Catimbau Island –  In front of Ilha Comprida, Ilha do Catimbau is usually a stop on boat trips for lunch. But, in addition, it is a very beautiful island with an impressive natural aquarium, ideal for those who enjoy diving.
  • Isle of Groceries – Ilha dos Mantimentos is home to a curious building from the colonial period that seems to be a mixture of a fort and a castle. The nature of the place is extremely preserved and is home to wild animals, such as the golden lion tamarin.
  • Cotia Island – Located in the cove of Paraty Mirim, Ilha da Cotia is home to two paradisiacal beaches: Praia de Dentro and Praia de Fora. Both are bathed by a crystalline sea in shades of green and surrounded by a lot of vegetation. 

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