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Best Beach Destinations in South Brazil   by Hortense Soulier

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Brazil is generally known for its colorful culture and beautiful beaches, where Brazilians gather to soak up the sun and party until dawn. If you are looking for a relaxed and hassle free vacation where your only worry is to decide which beach to go to in the morning, Brazil is the perfect destination. In the southeast of the country, you will find gorgeous beaches and laid back towns where it is a pleasure to spend a carefree holiday. Read this guide to the best beaches in the region to help you plan your exciting vacation.
 
A lovely beach resort, Buzios is conveniently located next to Arraial do Cabo on a peninsula which boasts no less than 17 incredible beaches. In the past, Buzios used to be a small fishing village, but it has now been turned into a high-end resort, with designer shops, fancy restaurants and opulent villas lining its streets. The best beaches of Buzios are located in the south. Although less accessible, they are also the most beautiful and great for surfing. Among the most popular beaches, you will find Geriba and Ferradurinha, Ferradura, Praia Olho de Boi, and Praia Brava.

If what you are seeking is true relaxation and calm, away from the crowds of tourists and partygoers, head out to Ilha Grande, a stunning island about 150km west off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

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 This small tropical-like island, home to only three settlements and covered with unspoiled beaches and rainforest, is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the country, and relatively untouched by massive tourism. The island is busier on weekends, as a favorite among locals, but still retains its quaint and authentic charm. It can be easily reach with a 1h30 ferry-ride from Angra dos Reis on the mainland (about 3hrs from Rio de Janeiro by bus).

Parati is a lovely coastal town, generally very lively from Christmas to Carnival and on the weekends, but quiet and relaxed the rest of the year, which makes it a delightful beach destination. Boasting myriad jutting peninsulas and secluded beaches, Parati is beautifully set against mountains covered by the jungle, overlooking hundreds of islands and their crystal clear waters. Around Parati lie 65 islands and 300 beaches. If you really want to get away from it all, rent a small motorboat at the port and the skipper will take you wherever you want, to the most secluded and beautiful beaches. 

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About the Author: This guide to the best beach destinations in the south of Brazil was written by a Brazil travel expert at Brazil For Less available to help you custom design your exciting Brazil packages.

ANGRA DOS REIS FEATURED HOTELS, BRAZIL

Angra dos Reis is a Brazilian municipality located in the south region of Rio de Janeiro state. It is located at an altitude of 6 meters and has 365 in its offshore islands. It was discovered on January 6, 1502, but settled only from 1556. Its population estimated on 1 July 2009 was 168,664 inhabitants. 

The neighboring municipalities are Paraty, Rio Claro and Mangaratiba in the territory of the state, and Bananal and São José do Barreiro São Paulo on the side. Because of its beautiful beaches and nearby regions Creek became strong point of tourism not only statewide but also nationally.

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It has over three hundred islands, many of them had owners for national and international celebrities, the biggest one being called the Big Island. Most of the city is surrounded by hills, which contributed to the beginning of 2010 several homes and hostels suffering the effects of landslides, mainly on the Big Island.
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Angra Dos Reis Guest House, Angra dos Reis
The Guesthouse offers sofisticated suites beautifully decorated, swiming-pool with bar and barbeque, excellent international cusine and private deck. Each suite has its special characteristic and all of them offer air conditioner, cable tv and fridge. Wi-Fi in comon areas and some rooms at no cost. The Guesthouse is located in a true ecological paradise, offering the guests beauty and comfort of a private condominium with 170 millions square meters just a few minutes from Angra dos Reis downtown. Among our services, we offer thru the islands and beaches as well as shuttle from/to Rio and airports. The deck, safe and spacious, offers water, electricity and cable tv for the boats.
Pestana Angra, Angra dos Reis
The Pestana Angra SPA hotel is located nearby Rio de Janeiro, in the ecological paradise of Angra dos Reis, this SPA hotel in Angra (nearby Rio de Janeiro) is a charming and exclusive SPA resort. This bungalow beach resort was designed to afford the highest standard of comfort to its clients, with a fantastic view over the sea. It is perfect for your beach vacation.  Pestana Group was named in the official European Hotel Management Magazine as the only Portuguese hotel group in the “European Top 50” Survey ranking organised by the HMI.
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BAHIA FEATURED HOTELS, SALVADOR, BRAZIL
Bahia Brazil Hotel Reservation Hotel Lagoa e Mar, Praia de Jauá, Salvador, Bahia
Situated in a tropical garden on the banks of a natural lake and consists of twelve spacious circular bungalows. The complex has a swimming pool with a separate pool for small children, sun terrace (with bedchairs and sunshades), bar with reading-room, playground and a restaurant. There is a business service available with computer, internet access, printer and fax.  Praia de Jauá, the beach of Jauá, is situated north of Salvador da Bahia at the “Estrada do Coco” and is „one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil“, with its mile long white sandy beaches. At some parts reefs form natural pools when the tide is out. In Jauá itself there are even more restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other shopping facilities and visitors can sample a host of Bahian food and drinks in any of the more than forty beach pavilions.

BELO HORIZONTE FEATURED HOTELS, BRAZIL

The best way to approach Belo Horizonte is from the south, over the magnificent hills of the Serra do Espinhaço, on a road that winds back and forth before finally cresting a ridge where the entire city is set out before you. It's a spectacular sight: Belo Horizonte sprawls in an enormous bowl surrounded by hills, a sea of skyscrapers, favelas and industrial suburbs. From the centre, the jagged rust-coloured skyline of the Serra do Espinhaço, which gave the city its name, is always visible on the horizon - still being transformed by the mines gnawing away at the "breast of iron".
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Clarion Hotel Lourdes, Belo Horizonte
The Clarion Hotel Lourdes - Belo Horizonte is just two blocks from the Diamond Mall and is surrounded by a number of businesses, shops and eateries. Local points of interest like the Municipal Market shopping center, the Palacio das Artes art center and Mangabeiras Park are all conveniently located nearby. This area's Pampulha District, home to notable attractions including the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Mineiraohe football stadium, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Museum of Modern Art, is a great place to spend the day exploring popular Brazilian landmarks and contemporary architecture. For a delicious meal, try hotel's on-site restaurant, the Portilho where you can unwind in a relaxing atmosphere.
Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes, Belo Horizonte
The Mercure Belo Horizonte Lourdes hotel is strategically located on Avenida do Contorno, Belo Horizonte's main avenue, close to bars, restaurants and to major business located in the city. The hotel is within easy reach of the Expominas and Minascentro convention centers, 6.2 miles (10 km) from Pampulha Airport and 25 miles (40 km) from Confins International Airport. Try out the local and international specialties for lunch or dinner in the Sargas restaurant. On Saturdays, come and sample our traditional feijoada stew. You can choose from the various categories on offer: Standard, Luxury and Privilege apartments, and Junior, Executive and Master Suites. All these options have a range of services available.
Royal Savassi Boutique Hotel, Belo Horizonte
At Royal Savassi Boutique Hotel your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. Here you will find rooms designed to offer you a homey ambience and all the privacy you need. And if you want to relax you have Jacuzzi and sauna or if you are interested in exercising Royal Savassi Boutique Hotel has got an equipped fitness centre. Moreover, we offer free internet access in our apartments and car park is available for a fee.  At Royal Savassi Boutique Hotel you will enjoy a complete breakfast in the morning, included in the daily rate. We have 175 options, including homemade bread, juices, yogurt, jam, cereal and so on.  We also have an excellent restaurant, Amadeus, which is opened to public as well. 
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CURITIBA FEATURED HOTELS, BRAZIL
Founded in 1693 as a gold-mining camp, CURITIBA was of little importance until 1853 when it was made capital of Paraná. Since then, the city's population has steadily risen from a few thousand, reaching 140,000 in 1940 and some 1.5 million today. It's said that Curitiba is barely a Brazilian city at all, a view that has some basis. The inhabitants are descendants of Polish, German, Italian and other immigrants who settled in Curitiba and in surrounding villages that have since been engulfed by the expanding metropolis. On average,  Curitibanos enjoy Brazil's highest standard of living: the city boasts health, education and public transport facilities that are the envy of other parts of the country. There are  favelas, but they're well hidden and, because of the cool, damp winters, sturdier than those in cities to the north. 
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The wooden houses of Curitiba's lower and middle classes often resemble those of frontier homesteads and frequently betray their inhabitants' Central or Eastern European origins, with half-hip roofs, carved window frames and elaborate trelliswork. As elsewhere in Brazil, the rich live in mansions and luxury condominiums, but even these are a little less ostentatious, and need fewer security precautions, than usual.
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Crowne Plaza Hotel Curitiba
Consistently recognized by Guia Quatro Rodas as one of the top hotels in Curitiba, Brazil, the Crowne Plaza® Hotel Curitiba promises area travelers comfortable accommodations central to the city's top attractions and business destinations. Our guests enjoy easy access to the historic City Center, Estação Convention Center and Afonso Pena (CWB). With over 1,100 sq ft of flexible function space and services, including a two-hour RFP Response Guarantee and a Daily Meeting Debrief, we are "The Place to Meet" in Curitiba. Our hotel is less than a mile from City Hall and all government buildings, and Expo Unimed Curitiba is also nearby. Since Concordia Club and Graciosa Country Club are just minutes away, corporate travelers can even enjoy a round of golf while lodging in Curitiba, Brazil.
Deville Rayon Curitiba
Deville Rayon Curitiba Hotel is perfectly designed to cater for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers guests a comfortable spa with heated pool, message and beauty treatments for complete relaxation. There is 24 hour room service to cater to the most exacting guest requests. The restaurant at Deville Rayon Curitiba Hotel is considered to offer the best breakfasts in Curitiba. The piano bar with live music let you enjoy your drink in a charming atmosphere. Located in downtown Curitiba, creating easy access to most of the important areas and major tourist attractions. Very wide classic styled rooms makes Deville Rayon Curitiba Hotel a very comfortable hotel with all the amenities you would expect from first-class.
Four Points By Sheraton Curitiba
The Four Points by Sheraton Curitiba offers the perfect quiet environment to work efficiently and sleep comfortably. Equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, in-room safe, wide band Internet, a specially designed work space with ergonomic chair, four electrical outlets, one dedicated Internet outlet and one dedicated telephone outlet, this new and spectacular hotel will certainly meet all your expectations, including accessible rooms and public areas. And for your relaxation, the Fitness Center with its 20 meter long in-door heated pool, saunas, showers, and exercise equipment, and TV, will energize you again for new business challenges. The Four Points by Sheraton Curitiba features 24-hour room service, an Italian restaurant and the Piano Bar. Valet parking service is available 24 hours.
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MACEIO FEATURED HOTELS, BRAZIL
Maceió is the capital and the largest city of the coastal state Alagoas, Brazil. The name "maceió" is of indian origin, and designates the natural spontaneously courses of water which flow out of the soil. Most maceiós flow to the sea, but some get trapped and form lakes ("lagoas", in Portuguese). There are plenty of maceiós and lakes in this part of Brazil; because of this, the city was named Maceió, and the State, Alagoas. The new Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport connects Maceió with many Brazilian cities and also operates some international flights. The city is home to the Federal University of Alagoas.
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Maceio Hotel Reservations Hotel Praia Sete Coqueiros, Maceio
Hotel Coqueiros is less than 100 metres from the beach in the Maceió. It includes free Wi-Fi in the public areas and an outdoor swimming pool with a sun-lounger terrace. All of the air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Sete Coqueiros feature cable TV and a minibar. The Praia de Ponte Verde is 2 km away from the hotel. Museu Théo Brandão is less than 5 minutes away by car. The Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Coqueuros. The restaurant at Sete Coqueiros offers regional Brazilian cuisine in an informal setting. There is also a room service menu available. Hotel Sete has a 24-hour front desk and offers free private on-site parking.
Maceio Hotel Reservations Radisson Hotel Maceio
The Radisson Hotel Maceió is located in the state of Alagoas, between Mundaú Lake and the Atlantic Ocean. With coconut trees, long sandy beaches and a crystal clear sea that changes from emerald green to blue, Maceió is a paradise. Near the hotel we can find great restaurants, a handicraft market and right in the front of it, the Pajuçara Barrier Reef.  With coconut trees, long sandy beaches and a crystal clear sea that changes from emerald green to blue, Maceio is a paradise. The gorgeous 195 room 5-Star Radisson hotel welcomes you with the maximum comfort, service, and amenities. Located within the Radisson Maceio, Origins restaurant provides the best in international cuisine. For your convenience and pleasure this property encompasses a large swimming pool, saunas, on-site Spa and large fitness center.
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NATAL FEATURED HOTELS, BRAZIL
NATAL is a medium-sized city of about 600,000 people, built on the banks of the Rio Potengi, and founded sixty years later than planned, after the Potiguar Indians stifled the first Portuguese landing on the coast in 1538. They continued to hold the invaders off until 1598, when the Portuguese built the star-shaped fort at the mouth of the river - the city's most enduring landmark. Natal is at the heart of one of the most spectacular strings of beaches in the Northeast: in fact, given that you could rent a beach buggy in Genipabu, just north of Natal, and drive along 250km of dunes uninterrupted until Areia Branca, practically on the border with Ceará, Natal is at one end of what amounts to a single enormous beach.
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Natal Hotel Reservations Brazil Esmeralda Praia Hotel Natal
Featuring a modern waterpark with special lighting and direct access to Ponta Negra Beach, Esmeralda offers panoramic views of Careca Hill, a Brazilian restaurant and a gym. Wi-Fi and parking are free. Guests enjoy a rich buffet breakfast daily, with a variety of tropical fruits, plus hot and cold regional specialities. Besides a Brazilian à la carte menu, the restaurant serves international cuisine as well. The pool features hydro massage jets and lightning systems for chromotherapy. Children can have fun in the mini club, and for older visitors there is a game room. Massage services and sauna are also available. The 4-star Esmeralda is close to shops, restaurants and bars. The historical centre is 10 minutes by car, and Natal Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
Praiamar Natal Hotel & Convention Natal
With complete infrastructure to make your vacation special, Praia Mar welcomes you to enjoy the beauty of Ponta Negra Beach.  Located on the beautiful beach of Ponta Negra, Praia Mar Hotel is placed 500 metres from the convention centre, 8 kilometres from the downtown Natal and 10 kilometres from the airport.  Guests can relish delicious international and local cuisine at the in house restaurant. You can also savour the delicious seafood and enjoy the sight of the remarkable sand dune called Morro do Careca.  For your enjoyment, the hotel also offers a complete leisure area that includes three swimming pools, waterfalls, sauna, and a game room.
Natal Hotel Reservations Brazil Marina Badauê Praia Hotel, Praia dos Artistas, Natal
offers a new level of quality through excellence in service and new comfort items, bringing together unique functional and practical concepts and economical rates. It is located near bars, restaurants, and the main tourist attractions, and only a few kilometers from the famous dunes of Genipabu.  We offer comfortable rooms and suites with ocean view. All of which are equipped with a work desk, TV, direct-dial telephone, air conditioner, minibar, and ambient sound.   For your comfort, the Hotel offers an excellent breakfast service, laundry service, room service, and private parking.  Swimming pools for adults and children, and a pool bar.
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