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Visiting Taipu de Fora

Often sold as part of a day tour from Barra Grande, Taipu de Fora is well worth an overnight stay, particularly if you like your beaches endless, gorgeous, and empty. This vast wide strand is framed by thick groves of palm trees, dotted in just a few spots with pousadas. When the day-trippers leave you have the place to yourself. Time your visit during the full moon and you may very well believe you have found paradise. Go for a stroll, enjoy a swim (at low tide there are some impressive natural pools; a mask and snorkel can be rented on the beach for R$10), enjoy a delicious grilled seafood platter at the Bar das Meninas (tel. 073/3258-9051; www.bardasmeninas.com.br), and try one of the many delicious fruit roscas (vodka and fruit juice cocktails).

There are two good options for an overnight stay. We recommend the Village Taipu, a pleasant house with ocean view and only two rooms -- a studio that sleeps two (R$120) and a one-bedroom suite that sleeps four people (R$240). Breakfast is served on the lovely beachside patio. Another good option is the Pousada Taipu de Fora (tel. 073/3258-6278; www.taipudefora.com.br). This 28-room pousada also looks out over the ocean and provides more comfortable accommodations with some amenities such as room service, rooms for travelers with disabilities, and recreation for children. Rooms range from R$250 to R$315.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.