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Boipeba - The Perfect Beach

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Boipeba is a coastal island in the Brazilian state of Bahia. It hasn't been discovered by the glamorous, so it's still quiet and uncluttered. Accessible only by boat from Valença, Graçiosa, or Salvador, it's the perfect place to get away from the crowds. While there, you can hike in Atlantic rainforest and on empty beaches, kayak in the surf or on the Rio Uma, ride horseback in the hills, snorkel, or just lounge on the beach. The least expensive way to get there is to travel from Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) by ferry to Itapirica, a forty-five minute trip that costs (under one US dollar). The ferry landing on Itapirica is also the bus station. Take the bus to Valença (about US$2.50), a two hour trip. The boat from Valença to Boipeba leaves daily at 12:30 p.m. It costs about R$6(depending on exhcange rate).

Favourite spots:
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Moreré, a small village with good, small restaurants, a bar and a very nice beach. The open air restaurants along Primeira Praia in Velha Boipeba (where the boat dock is) are excellent and inexpensive since two people can get full on one entre.

What's really great:
The island is relatively undeveloped, uncrowded during the week, with good hiking trails and plenty of opportunity to experience Brazil's beauty.

Cashew trees, papayas, coconuts, figs, sea grapes and lots of flowers all over the island.

Pousada Santa Clara - Excellent inn adjacent to Primeira Praia. High season rate is R$100 per night for a double (US$28).
Parada dos Mochileiros - a very clean, well-run hostal - under $5 a night

Bar Zumbi - especially hopping on weekend nights.

There are three open-air restaurants on the beach at Primeira Praia. All are excellent. There's a pizzaria in the village of Velha Boipeba straight up the trail from the dock (about 300 meters).

Other recommendations:
The view from the end of the trail that the water cistern is on (caixa da agua) is phenomenal.

Published on Monday December 2th, 2002

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