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Garopaba

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Things to do: beaches, nature, historic sites
Once a sleepy fishing village, Garopaba has managed to retain much of its low-key charm despite the thousands of visitors who flock to its shores. Framed by low green hills, bluffs, and rock formations, the city winds along the coastline, giving excellent access to some of the region's finest beaches. Vacations in Garopaba usually involve some combination of surfing, windsurfing, and simply kicking back on the sand; after dark, Praia da Ferrugem becomes the epicenter of the city's surprisingly energetic nightlife. Ecotourism in Garopaba has taken off in recent years, thanks to the hiking opportunities in the surrounding hills. Note that city ordinances require buildings to limit themselves to two stories, preserving the town's rustic feel. Use our Brazil tour planner to arrange your visit to Garopaba and other destinations in Brazil.
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Though a popular coastal destination, Garopaba does not feature the kind of mega-hotel development you might expect. Simplicity rules here, and you'll find that traditional Brazilian "pousadas" offer a solid mix of rustic appeal and budget-friendly rates. These independently run establishments come in the form of bungalows, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses, and usually allow plenty of fresh sea air into rooms and living spaces. Most of these accommodations cluster within a few blocks of the city's main beach. Stay on Praia da Ferrugem, a beach south of the city frequented by surfers and youthful crowds, and you'll be a stone's throw from the bars, restaurants, and clubs of Garopaba's considerable nightlife scene.
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