Though the Northeast gets the most attention, you can also travel south from Salvador along the Brazilian coast and see just as many pristine slices of sand, from burgeoning beach resorts to quiet colonial towns. This route can be completed by car or bus in two to three weeks, from Salvador to Florianópolis.
Explore the crumbling colonial churches, samba-soaked lanes and vibrant bar scene of this wonderful, historic city.
2 Morro de São Paulo
A short boat ride from Salvador but another world completely, with exquisite palm-lined beaches and exuberant nightlife.
For a more tranquil experience, head a little further south to this less developed island of pristine beaches and simple villages.
A backpacker and surfer haven south of Salvador, where you can learn to ride the waves, try capoeira or just lounge on the sands.
Cross over into Espírito Santo and make a stop at this small seaside town surrounded by giant dunes, best known as the home of forró (a Northeastern style of folk music).
Make some time (and budget) for Brazil’s great city and its glorious sights, beaches, food and futebol.
Take a day or two to explore the cobbled streets of this historic town along the coast between Rio and São Paulo, crammed with elegant pousadas and remnants of Brazil’s Baroque golden age.
Check out this exclusive Paulista getaway a little further along the coast from Paraty – an alluring island bursting with tantalizing beaches, untouched jungle, volcanic peaks and waterfalls.
9 Ihla do Mel
Another popular surf and backpacker hangout, just off the coast of Paraná and a great place to rest up, hike or hit the waves for a few days.
The premier resort island in the South, this is a laidback place with traditional Azorean fishing villages, modern beach hotels, untouched surf beaches and a plethora of activities on offer.