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 vacation trip planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Very well located Beach, with calm seas and clean waters. On the weekends it gets pretty busy, but nothing that impede a good swim. The anchored boats give a charm, this beautiful beach in Salvador.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A small beach, with high spirits and calm waters. A memorable sea bath and a sunset of the gods! The port to the lighthouse several bars and restaurants really nice!
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  • August 14, 2017
    Cleda and transparent water Beach in Salvador!! There's a few waves in the summer. Looks like a swimming pool!
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Where to stay in Salvador

The majority of accommodations in Salvador fall into three distinct groupings. If you want to be close to the best historical attractions, stay in or near the old town of Pelourinho, a few minutes from the city's west-facing coastline. This also puts you in the heart of Salvador's tourist-driven nightlife. Your second option is to stay at the southwestern tip of the city, in the neighborhood of Barram, where you'll have instant access to one of Salvador's favorite beaches. Finally, look a bit farther afield to Rio Vermelho, a quieter beachside neighborhood facing south.
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