As most places in Brazil’s
northeast, Itacaré can be visited all year
long, as there’s sun and warm waters during
the all the year. It is approximately 75km to the
airport in Ilheus (IOS), and about 440km to the state
capital, Salvador da Bahia. Today the municipal of
Itacare has about 19.000 inhabitants.
HOW IS ITACARE:
For many years, the difficult access to Itacaré
– more than 50 km on dirt roads – kept
it isolated. The road connecting Ilhéus to
Itacaré, BA-001, was finished in 1998. Since
then, the number of tourists has increased constantly,
and many hotels, inns and restaurants have been built.
In addition, many beaches are deserted during most
of the year. Itacaré is still the refuge for
nature lovers, surfers and those in search of the
real Bahia. Its coast is a succession of beaches and
hills covered with woods and palm trees. The beaches
located near the city are the ones most frequented
and have very good infrastructure of tourism. The
most distant ones are deserted and very beautiful,
and only a few can be reached by car. The region also
is rich in rivers and waterfalls that are all worth
a visit. The village has the charm of the past, with
its cobblestone streets and old houses. Most of Itacaré’s
inns are located on Concha beach, near downtown. The
night life in Itacaré is very lively because
of its many bars and restaurants. You can listen and
dance to reggae music, in Coroinha beach, to forró
(typical dance from the northeast of Brazil), at Magia
da Bahia Freak Bar. At Conchas beach, the “luau”
(Capoeira dance in the moon light on the beach) is
WHEN TO GO / CLIMATE:
Itacaré can be visited all year long, as there’s
sun and warm waters during the all the year. The climate
is tropical with temperatures range from 25ºC
to 30ºC, but they can climb to 40ºC in the
summer – from December to February. The sun
shines all year long, but during the winter months
– May to September – it rains more frequent,
but it doesn’t get in the way of visitors.
HOW TO GO:
By Air: The nearest airport is in Ilhéus,
approx 75km from Itacare village. It receives regular
flights from Brazil’s main cities, and the
nearest international airport is in Salvador.
By Highway: take road BA-001, a paved road that
connects Ilhéus to Itacaré, along
the coast. Cars may be rented in Ilhéus and
the distance may take approximately 1,5-hour.
HOW LONG STAY:
For the first time visitor we recommend at least
a three night stay, to able the visitors to feel
the atmosphere in Itacare and visit some of many
attractions. But as you see below there are a lots
of things to do in Itacare, so a longer stay will
not be any problem.
EXCURSIONS / ACTIVITIES
Serra Grande Environmental Protection
Created by the State of Bahia Government, the area
has approximately 16 thousand hectares, occupying
a coast line of approximately 6 km in width by 28
km in length. To the north it is limited by the
mouth of the Contas River, to the south by Sargi’s
Creek and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.
Rafting and Rappel (Abseiling)
The adventure starts with a 1 hour tour in a 4x4
vehicle, leaving the inn toward Taboquinhas, 34
km from Itacaré, 28 km of dirt road. Arriving
in Taboquinhas, the tourists receive instructions
and equipment necessary for Rafting / Rappel. Rafting
is practiced on the Contas River rapids, in the
middle of a canyon, level III and IV, and offers
1 and half hours of pure adrenaline. Rappel is done
on the Noré Waterfall, which is 15 m high.
The descent starts in the middle of the Waterfall,
at 10 meters.
The excursion leaves the inn at 9 AM towards the
trails with several degrees of difficulty and extensions
of 10, 15 or 20 kilometers. The trails pass by waterfalls
and beaches. All safety equipment is provided and
tourists are accompanied by specialized guides.
The tourists leave the inn at 9:30 AM towards the
Tijuipe river, located between Itacaré and
Uruçuca, for the ducking (inflatable kayak)
tour. The Tijuipe River starts at the Serra do Conduru
and its mouth is on Patizeiro Beach. The ducking
tours are done on a 4 km extension of clean, clear
waters. This tour is complete with the rapids, refreshing
baths, and contact with riverbank vegetation. You
must be at least 10 to go on this tour. Canoeing
equipment is provided and tourists are previously
The region of Itacaré has plenty of rivers
and waterfalls. The Contas River, which springs
from the Chapada Diamantina and flows into the sea
near the city, is the city’s largest course
of water. It is navigable for 20 km, to the Taboquinhas
village, a district of Itacaré. There, you
will find one of the region’s most beautiful
waterfalls. The main waterfalls are Pancada Grande
and Tijuipe. The most frequented is Cleandro, near
the Contas River. But there are many other rivers
and waterfalls, of all sizes, that can be found
by hiking along the mountain trails.
This is a small bay with immense palm trees, white
sand, natural pools and good surfing waves. It is
near downtown, but it has no infrastructure because
it is located in a protected area where construction
is prohibited. Access is on foot over a small trail
leaving the main street (the Beaches Way) where
parking is available.
Itacaré’s largest beach with infrastructure.
Located near downtown, Concha Beach is a clear water
beach, without waves and with many palm trees. In
the summer, there are many stands serving beverages
and food, making it the most frequented beach. Facing
North, in front of the Contas River bay, it offers
one of the most beautiful views of Itacaré.
The end of the beach, near the lighthouse, is the
best place to watch the sunset.
Titirica Beach, with its strong waves, is frequented
by surfers all year long. It is considered to be
Bahia’s best wave peak.
Small beach with many palm trees located only 1
km from the city. Located between Tiririca and Ribeira
Beaches, Costa Beach has soft, white sand. Although
it is easy to access, there is no infrastructure.
Not many people go to this beach. Swimming is very
dangerous because of the strong currents. It is
advisable to visit it only to enjoy the view. The
neighboring beaches are better for swimming.
This beautiful beach is surrounded by Atlantic Woods.
Nearby, a small creek ripples down the hill forming
waterfalls, until reaching a dam, creating a fresh
water natural pool. This is the last beach accessible
by car along the Beaches Way and it has many stands
serving beverages and food. It is well frequented
on weekends and holidays. Whoever wants some peace
and quiet can take the trails leaving from Ribeira
towards Siriaco and Prainha Beaches.
Itacaré’s main attraction, Prainha
is considered to be one of Brazil’s most beautiful
beaches. Prainha’s bay is perfectly symmetrical,
with two green hills to the north and south of the
beach, and a beautiful coconut grove near the sand.
It is frequented by surfers and does not offer any
infrastructure, only a stand selling coconut water.
Siriaco, a small and hidden beach, is perhaps Itacaré’s
most secluded beach. Access is on foot over a trail
leaving Ribeira Beach. It is only a 15 minute walk.
This is an urban beach with dark sand in downtown
Itacaré. Swimming is not recommended.
São José Beach
Strong waves, white sand and many palm trees. It
is located near an environmental protection area,
inside the Villas de São José ecotourism
complex. On São José Beach there are
many high class houses and hotels as well as several
Beautiful deserted beach surrounded by palm trees
and the Atlantic Woods. On the south, a small creek
flows into it. It has good waves and is frequented
One of Itacaré’s best surfing beaches.
It has reefs, palm trees and strong waves. It is
deserted most of the year.
Located on a private farm, this beautiful beach
is deserted almost the entire year. The Jeribucaçu
river exits a preserved mangrove area, and flows
into it, creating a paradisiacal setting.
Pontal and Piracanga Beach
North of Contas River, there are more than 50 km
of deserted beaches and palm trees. With good waves,
the beaches offer excellent surfing conditions.
More to the north, the Algodões, Saquaira,
Cassange, Taipus de Fora and Barra Grande beaches
await those who love nature and tranquility.
Although its name sounds small, the beach is immense.
The north side is also called Camboinha. With its
3.5 km extension and many palm trees, Itacarezinho
Beach has good waves for surfing. It is also a site
for sea turtle spawning. On the north, a waterfall
flows down from the forest and falls directly on
Serra Grande Beach
South of Tijuipe River, there are several kilometers
of beautiful unknown beaches: the Serra Grande beaches,
in the Environmental Protection Area. Sargi’s
Beach, which is 4.5 km long, has refined sand, clear
waters, slow pounding surf and warm water currents.
It also has most of the inns, bars, restaurants
and stands. The Pé da Serra beach is the
best place to watch the arrival of rafts. The Pompilho,
Prainha, do Guedes and Foz do Tijuipe beaches are
nature in its purest state and access to them is