Praia da Joaquina
Joaquina beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches on this exquisite island. Regarded as one of the top ten surfing spots in all of Brazil, Joaquina is home to major international surfing championships. Many of Brazil’s pro surfers have made Joaquina their backyard because of its consistent swells and high quality waves.
On the best days, you will see photographers on the look out for pictures that will be in major surfing magazines. The waves break to both sides, but the left is usually longer and more consistent. With the right wind, amazing barrows will be plentiful along the 2 miles of this beach. Once you check out the waves of Joaquina on a good day, you’ll never forget this place.
On the beachfront, you can participate in numerous activities: beach soccer, beach volleyball, frescoball (racketball), and jogging are some of the locals’ favorite. There are also restaurants where you can enjoy a cold beer and some tasty fresh shrimp.
Sandboarding is the new sport (it was invented here in Joaquina) that has become popular amongst youngsters from every corner of the island. People from 4 to 60 years of age use a wooden board that is similar to a snowboard to speed down large dunes that are perfect for this sport. The surrounding area contains many fabulous hills that make a walk up the dunes even more worthwhile; the landscape is truly beautiful, and from the top of the highest dune you can see the entire stretch of beach. Don’t forget to bring your camera, for you might just catch one of the best sunsets of your life. As you can see, whatever you’re up to, Joaquina has it all.