Top 10 Safest Beaches In Brazil: Crime, Sharks, Waves


While many beaches in Brazil are famous for being stunningly beautiful, there’s some discussion about these beaches’ safety, not only in regards to local crime activity (if there is any) but also on the subject of sharks, tides, and other things that could ruin the fun if you’re unaware of them.

From charming beaches in the northeast region of Brazil (like the ones in Morro de São Paulo and Recife) to the paradisiac vibes of Paripuera in Maceió, Brazil is filled with beaches that are guaranteed to make your trip entertaining, safe, and more family-friendly.

If you’re making Brazil vacation plans for the family and want to enjoy a pleasant time under the sun, worrying little to nothing about your safety and possible sea hazards, make sure you read till the end of this post.

Before we go into detail into each of them, we have added a handy map so that you can see if any of the beaches mentioned in this article are close to you. Feel free to click on the Tripster Panda Icons to see where each beach is located:

We’ll be taking a look at the top safest beaches in Brazil and give out some pointers on what to do and where to go in each of them, so let’s get started!

1. Porto de Galinhas – Pernambuco (PE)

Having snatched the pole position in 2020’s edition of Ranking Connected Smart Cities (a rank of the Brazilian counties with most development potential), the county of Ipojuca (home of the Porto de Galinhas beaches) has been appointed as the safest place in all Brazilian territory.

Safe clear waters and soft sand are just a few of Porto de Galinha beach’ charm – Credit: WikiCommons | Cleferson Comarela

This means not only this spot in Pernambuco is a gorgeous sight, but also a protected environment with calm crystal waters and a lot of safety for you to enjoy the sun with not a single worry on your mind.

What to Do?

  • raft ride to the natural pools
  • buggy ride throughout the coast
  • take the Recife and Olinda city tours
  • visit the Santo Aleixo island
  • visit the Maragoji Galley

Porto de Galinhas at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
low
Perfect to go with:
family, friends

2. Praia do Espelho – Bahia (BA)

Near two other famous locations in Bahia (namely Trancoso and Arraial d’Ajuda), this beach is perfect for some peace and quiet, especially during the low tide.

Emerald green as far as the eye can see! – Credit: Flickr | Turismo Bahia

When the water is down, natural pools are formed in the area, and a mirror effect is designed from it, reflecting the beautiful view on the ocean waves. This location is especially remarkable during the full moon when the water becomes bright silver at night.

What to Do?

  • eat in restaurants with paradisiac views
  • take the speedboat ride to Caraíva
  • visit the Imbiriba village (indigenous village)
  • visit the Quadrado district
  • go sightseeing on the Outeiro das Brisas observatory

Praia do Espelho at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
mild
Perfect to go with:
friends, partner

3. Praia das Fontes – Beberibe (CE)

Soft sands, incredible landscapes, and a vast diversity of freshwater springs by the sea are the main features of this beautiful beach located in the west of Ceará, one of the safest within the state’s area.

Lots to enjoy in this paradise! – Credit: WikiCommons | Lucia Coelho

An option able to please both adventurer lovers and folks just looking to unwind, Praia das Fontes has an abundant touristic infrastructure, giving you ample opportunities to explore, eat well and take beautiful pictures in this delectable location.

What to Do?

  • visit the Natural Cliffs Monument
  • visit the freshwater springs
  • go sightseeing in Mãe d’Água’s cave
  • go buggy riding around the beach
  • visit the Uruaú Lagoon

Praia das Fontes at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
mild/medium
Perfect to go with:
friends, partner, family

4. The Beaches in Camocim (CE)

If you’re looking for some REAL quiet time at the beach with little to no people around, Ceará also houses a few of the last deserted beaches in the state, so this location may be right up your alley.

I’d stay all day just laying and relaxing in these transparent waters, I mean, look at that! – Credit: WikiCommons | Arthur Warchavchik

Although a bit of a hassle to get to (you can only get there by buggy rides or on a 4×4), beaches like Praia do Maceió and Talajuba are not only drop-dead gorgeous but clean, safe, and a lot of fun.

What to Do:

  • buggy rides to all the close-by beaches
  • kitesurf on Praia Tatajuba
  • bathe in the peaceful waters of Barra dos Remédios
  • eat fresh seafood by the beaches

The beaches at Camocim at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
low
Perfect to go with:
family, friends

5. Praia do Riacho Doce – Itaúnas (ES)

Being a strong contender for 2018’s most beautiful deserted beaches in Brazil, Praia do Riacho Doce is another beach that you can enjoy and not worry about a thing other than relaxing and have fun.

Serving as a divisor in between Brazilian states Espírito Santo and Bahia, Praia do Riacho Doce is a wild beach with easy water and a rich ecosystem filled with corals, otters, armadillos, and even endangered turtle species, amongst the fauna variety.

What to Do?

  • go wind surfing
  • eat and drink at Espaço Malibu
  • try the local delicacies at Casa da Farinha
  • visit the nearby beaches like Ipioca, Jacarecica, Guaxuma and Garça Torta

Praia do Riacho Doce at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
low/mild
Perfect to go with:
friends, partner

6. Praia de Paripueira – Paripueira (AL)

Known by the locals for its paradisiac panorama and natural pools, the Paripueira beach is not only beautiful, but very safe and well-guarded, as it is a manatee preservation area, so expect the site to be protected.

Those three magic words: perfect chill time! – Credit: WikiCommons | Naaliel Corrêa de Oliveira Lima

Another great feature of the location is the vast coral barriers, considered the 2nd largest in the world, losing only for the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

These coral formations are responsible for the area’s 25 natural pools, so you’ll have many options to consider while choosing in which emerald-green crystal water pool you’ll be diving in next!

What to Do?

  • visit the natural pools
  • go windsurfing or kayak riding
  • visit the Manatee Preservation County Park
  • shop for souvenirs at the local stores
  • go stand up paddling in the beaches smooth waves

Praia da Paripueira at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
low
Perfect to go with:
family, friends, partner

7. Praia da Riviera de São Lourenço – São Paulo (SP)

Located in the sophisticated and famous neighborhood Riviera de São Lourenço, this 2,8 miles long beach attracts many tourists looking for a safe and tranquil environment to spend their vacation.

The Riviera’s sunrise with a full moon on the sky – Credit: Flickr | GraceOda

You have white clean sands, crystal clear water as far as the eye can see, and as we say it in Brazil, “muita sombra e água fresca,” which loosely translates to a chill time “under the shades enjoying the freshwater.” I mean, what more do you want?

What to Do?

  • play golf at the Riviera Golf Club
  • go horseback riding at the Equestrian Society
  • visit the Restinga Bertioga National Park
  • enjoy the local clubs and nightlife
  • go on a boat tour across the Itapanhaú river

Praia da Riviera de São Lourenço at a glance:

Crime rate: very low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
medium/mild
Perfect to go with:
partner, friends

8. Morro de São PauloBahia (BA)

With scenery that looks like it jumped out of a movie, the Morro de São Paulo beach is one of those places that combine excellent infrastructure, a safe environment, and charming beaches with calm waves and clear water.

The view from the zip line is A-MA-ZING! – Credit: WikiCommons | Livia Buhring

Although the path to get there can be an adventure by itself (the beach is located on an island called Tinharé, being accessible only by boat), the Caribbean-esque site is a sure hit if you want to enjoy yourself and relax.

What to Do?

  • visit all the beaches along the island’s coast
  • go zip lining and enjoy the sight at the lighthouse
  • visit the Tapirandú Fortress
  • watch the sunset and have a few drinks at Toca do Morcego
  • enjoy the local natural pools

Morro de São Paulo at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
mild
Perfect to go with:
partner, friends, family

9. Guarda do Embaú – Santa Catarina (SC)

Aside from the gorgeous landscape, this beach has been officially recognized by the Save The Waves Coalition as the best place for surfing in Brazil and ninth worldwide.

This overview of the Guarda do Embaú beach really shows what a gorgeous site is waiting for you! – Credit: Wikimedia | Renan Coutinho

And if you’re not into surfing, don’t worry. The beach is pretty mellow near the sands (almost no waves), with surfers having to go further into the open sea to enjoy the big waves.

There’s not much of a nightlife in Guarda do Embaú, which is the reason why most visitors like to wake up early to get a good spot by the beach.

What to Do?

  • Visit the Utopia valley
  • Go trekking along the nearby beaches
  • Visit the Prainha and Maço beaches

Guarda do Embaú at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
low (near the shores)
Perfect to go with:
family, friends

10. Jericoacoara – Ceará (CE)

The final entry in our list and the third by the state of Ceará is the Jericoacoara beach, a well-known site by Brazilian locals. This small village houses a paradisiac beach that is safe and protected so you can enjoy the sights and unwind.

This picture perfectly defines “Chillaxing”, doesn’t it? – Credit: WikiCommons | Antônio Marcos Capobianco

The most famous touristic attractions can all be visited within three days, so you’ll be able to get a good glimpse of most of the place in a short amount of time.

What to Do?

  • slide into the natural pools on the toboggan
  • watch the famous Jericoacoara sunset
  • party at Café Jeri
  • eat shrimps with pineapple sauce, a local delicacy
  • take the boat tour

Jericoacoara at a glance:

Crime rate: low
Sharks:
no reports
Waves:
low
Perfect to go with:
family, friends

That’s the end of our list! I hope we could give plenty of options for you to plan a safe vacation in Brazil! Also, check some of our other posts for your Brazil vacation planning:

Related Questions

What are the most dangerous beaches in Brazil?

In terms of security, beaches like Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro and Praia Grande in São Paulo are known for having episodes of criminal activity, so stay alert if you’re heading to any of those places.

Regarding strong tides, shark attacks, and other sea hazards, Praia da Boa Viagem in Pernambuco, Enseada da Ceieira in Fernando de Noronha, and Praia dos Artistas in Natal are a few examples of beaches where there have been fatal episodes.

Cover image: Porto de Galinhas is not only stunning but also one of Brazil’s safest beaches – Credit: Flickr | Christian Knepper

Bruno Reguffe

What's up, everyone! I'm Bruno, and I'm a nutritionist living in Rio de Janeiro. I've been a longtime friend of Ana's, and I'm excited to help her expand on all things Brazilian with y'all, as well as sharing some of our culture and a few personal experiences while living in the country!

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