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Praia do Porto da Barra, Salvador

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Colonial forts from the 17th century dot the beach landscape at Praia do Porto da Barra. The calm, clear waters and white sandy beach attracts locals and tourists of all sorts, from rich to poor and eclectic to mundane. Besides large crowds, which you can escape with a short walk in either direction, you'll also see a small white colonial fort at one end, and a whitewashed church on the other.

Swimming is permitted in the warm, clean waters, but street merchants will try to sell you all types of goods, especially eyeing your goods if you leave them alone to take a dip in the water. One of the key things about this bay is that it faces west allowing a picturesque view of the sun setting behind the bay. Plan to see Praia do Porto da Barra and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salvador trip builder tool.
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  • Praia da Barra, where the sea is strong & excellent for surfers, is one of the most sought after in the city. It is here that one of the postcards of Salvador, Farol da Barra, is located in the Santo....  more
    Praia da Barra, where the sea is strong & excellent for surfers, is one of the most sought after in the city. It is here that one of the postcards of Salvador, Farol da Barra, is located in the Santo....  more »
  • I stayed in barra two nights and was happy I did. Sunsets are fantastic and there are lots of dining options. Take a coconut down to the beach and enjoy the soft ocean waves. 
    I stayed in barra two nights and was happy I did. Sunsets are fantastic and there are lots of dining options. Take a coconut down to the beach and enjoy the soft ocean waves.  more »
  • It's perhaps the nicest of the urban beaches that the city of Salvador offers. Ideal for swimming with almost no waves (or soft ones). Incredibly enough you can also see some tiny fish with sunny... 
    It's perhaps the nicest of the urban beaches that the city of Salvador offers. Ideal for swimming with almost no waves (or soft ones). Incredibly enough you can also see some tiny fish with sunny...  more »
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  • This is an amazing beach. In weekends they shirt down the street for people to explore the local community that does shows and performance. You will have everything you need with in a 2 min walk. You can rent chair and umbrella and order a bucket of beer with out leavening the sand. There are tons of stree venders with foods, drinks and stuff. As you travel please always be aware of the area your in. Do not take your valuables and leave them on the beach unattended.
  • Loe space for simple diver or swimmer. Full of bahian tourists. No international tourism.
  • A wonderful & magical place. The scenery is beautiful and the people are colorful. At the end of the day, a cold beer and a well made Acaraje, standing along the wall of the beach front watching the sunset is a scene that bring tranquility and peace.
  • This is one of my favorite beaches in Salvador. I have so many memories here. It was really nice and empty about a month ago. Recently when I went last week, there were a lot more people than normal. Vendors are back selling on the beach and things seem to be going back to how they were. Honestly, I liked it way better when no one was around.
  • Best beach in Salvador. Sad to see that it way not very clean last time we came

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