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Praia de Pajucara, Maceio

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As the only urban beach where swimming is permitted, Praia de Pajucara is a must-see attraction in Maceió due to its natural pools. The soft white sands backed by palm trees offer a family-friendly place with gentle waves and shallow waters. You can shop for souvenirs, such as handmade baskets, lace, hammocks, and ceramics at the well-known craft market that is open most days. Weekends can become quite crowded, but there are many shaded places to relax and eat takeout from food vendors or restaurants serving lobster, shrimp, and moqueca--a fish stew.

The Pajuçara boardwalk is one of the most popular places for sightseeing and people watching in the city center, but you may have to say "No" to many people begging for money or trying to sell you something. You can charter a boat called a jaganda to ride out to the natural pools created by low tides that expose natural reef formations. These pools allow you to snorkel in the warm waters full of unusual plants and tropical fish swimming over soft, pink sands. Take a look at our Maceio travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Praia de Pajucara and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Where to stay in Maceio

Accommodations in Maceio crowd around the city's eastern shorefront, competing for a spot in the morning sun. The best places to stay during your Maceio vacation are the neighborhoods of Ponta de Terra, Ponta Verde, and Jatiúca. You can find everything from free-spirited hostels to high-class hotels and beach resorts along the coastal strip, within a stone's throw of white sand beaches. To get off the beaten track, go west to the other edge of the city, where palm-lined Lagoa Mundaú brims with birdlife and local fishers looking for the day's catch among the mangroves.
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  • Not a very good beach, many waves and strong currents, and sometimes a little windy. Best options are Ipioca and Gunga beach.  more »
  • We come here now and then and enjoy it very much, there are many good flights into Maceió and many nice hotels and restaurants along the beach, what I don't about it is the smell of urine all over, I ...  more »
  • A relatively normal beach, nothing special by brazilian standards. The barraca we visited had good service and was cheap. Only drinks served. No shower or toalets.  more »