The world's largest country in the tropics
Beaches and Brazil go hand in hand: holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to beach holiday breaks anywhere along the sun-drenched coast. If you are visiting Brazil with the intention of visiting some of Brazil's pristine beaches, keep in mind that Brazil's beaches are on the Atlantic coast and so you should try to avoid travelling during the months of June to August, when the sea can be notoriously rough and cold. Also bear in mind that a number of tourists to Brazil's beaches each year drown in the coastal waters of Brazil as they haven't taken into consideration the local reefs, currents and under-tones. Rio de Janeiro may be famous for its urban beaches, and deservedly so for its see-and-be-seen scene. However, with 8,000 km of coastline, Brazil has no shortage of enticing beaches to choose among. The southern coastlines of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Santa Catarina are wild and unspoiled with small hidden coves backed by native Atlantic forest and many islands. For endless strips of deserted white sand, warm turquoise waters and palm trees galore, head to the northeastern states of Bahia, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceara.
Some of the country's top beaches include Porto de Galinhas (Pernambuco), Jericoacoara (Ceara), Praia de Pipa (Rio Grande do Norte), Praia da Gunga (Alagoas), Espelho and Curuipe (Bahia), Bombinhas (Santa Catarina) and the beaches of Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro).
Particularly pristine and unspoiled are Baia do Sancho, Baia dos Porcos and Praia do Leao - all on Fernando de Noronha Island, an ecological paradise off the coast of Pernambuco. Clearly, paucity of beaches is not a problem in Brazil; and neither quality. Holidaymakers on a beach break to Brazil can rest easy: wherever you go, you can't miss.