Looking for a few days at the seaside just relaxing on the beach and partying? Come and discover the peaceful haven of Morro de Sao Paulo!
Morro de Sao Paulo is a small village on the Atlantic coast just north of Tinhare island. It has five beaches that guarantee relaxation, various activities and a festive atmosphere in a paradisiacal setting in the « happy state ».
The island is separated from the continent by a natural channel and has few inhabitants. It has some splendid fine sandy beaches and clear warm sea which is ideal for bathers. The islands is covered with coconut tree plantations and luxuriant vegetation and not open to private cars so you will get around on foot or on buses run by the pousadas or by horse and cart which adds to the charm of this island. The further you go along the beaches (numbered from 1 to 5), the quieter they will be, with the fifth beach being almost deserted and ideal for a truly relaxing moment.
Several vestiges dating back to the Portuguese conquest of Bahia such as the Forte da Ponta or the Fonte Grande also make this seaside resort an interesting place for history enthusiasts, with these monuments listed as historical heritage.
Morro de Sao Paulo is a very typical traditional village with its small colored houses and sandy streets and has become a popular tourist destination for both Brazilians and foreigners. You will find some local craftsmen and some good restaurants where you can enjoy the delicious fish caught everyday in the ocean. In the evening, the small quiet streets come alive to the rhythm of the local music and you can spend some memorable evenings as only the Bahians know how to !
Included in the Morro de Sao Paulo package:
An evening of entertainment
Animated and quiet beaches
Natural swimming pools in a trnslucid sea
Checkout Morro De Sao Paulo Tour Package
- 1 private transfer from the international airport to your hotel at the port in Salvador de Bahia
- The crossing from the port in Salvador to Morro de Sao Paulo in a catamaran (not privatized)
- 3 nights in a double room at the Vila Guaimu pousada or lodge.
- A return transfer in a non privatized catamaran from Morro de Sao Paulo to the port of the Bahian capital.
- A private transfer from the port to the international airport of Salvador
Explore the Bahian destination which is famous for its partying and relaxation!
The beaches on Morro de Sao Paulo are among the most popular in Brazil and let you slide into the role of Robinson Crusoe as soon as you start wandering around on this almost deserted island.
With coconut trees as far as the eye can see, vast stretches of white sands surrounded by mangroves dotted with a few rocks along the coast before reaching down to touch the limpid blue waters of the Atlantic ocean.
An ideal setting to soak up the sun in peace and to come back from a vacation tanned and relaxed !
The relaxed atmosphere of the central beaches (1 & 2) continues after sunset along the harbor and its stone jetty : get ready to dance the forro and samba until the early morning !
Morro de Sao Paulo, one of the first places colonized by the Portuguese and so full of history
As well as its natural beauty and festive spirit, Morro de Sao Paulo is one of the oldest Portuguese settlements in South America.
The island of Tinhare was discovered and inhabited by Martim Afonso de Sousa in 1531. It was originally called Tynharea.
Later it became an important checking point for ships going to & from All Saints Bay and a strategic place with tough battles between the Portuguese, Dutch and French in colonial times. There are still some interesting colonial vestiges worth going to visit.
You can also visit the ruins of the 17th century fortress and the « Fonte Grande », one of the first waterworks distributing water in Bahia and the biggest for a long time. You will also see the ancient buildings on the Tinhare Island and canal while on a boat trip. If you keep yours eyes open you may see some whales who come to this coast to reproduce in the months from June to August
Three ways to reach Morro de Sao Paulo from Salvador de Bahia
There are three ways to reach Morro de Sao Paulo, from Salvador de Bahia, which we detail below starting with the quickest & finishing with the slowest:
• By Airplane: It’s the quickest way, leaving from the international airport at Salvador, the flight takes about 20 minutes, but it is obviously the most expensive. The island has two runways, one on beach n° 3 the other on beach n°4.
• Directly by boat : aboard a catamaran on a regular trip leaving from the port near Mercado Modelo on the Salvador de Bahia quay . It takes about 2hrs during which the boat follows the Bahian coastline. However the sea can be a little rough depending on the wind and tides (mainly between May and November) making the trip less agreeable for those who are prone to sea sickness. This is a good compromise though as it transforms a simple transfer into an interesting boat trip. It’s our suggested option in the Morro de Sao Paulo package. We typically work with the Biotur company who have the latest modern and more comfortable boats.
• Combining Ferry and road: First you arrive at the Bom Dispacho port on the island of Itaparica by ferry (about 45mins). Then you set off by road before taking another boat in Valença that takes 30mins to reach Morro. This transfer takes most of a day but you can see some craftsmen on the way and the trip is quite interesting with a lovely tropical landscape.
Detailed program of our Morro de Sao Paulo Tour Package
The trips from the port to the island of Morro de Sao Paulo (both ways) in a catamaran mentioned in the program are aboard regular lines and so are not private trips.
Meals are not included apart from breakfast.
Day 1 : Salvador de Bahia – Morro de Sao Paulo
A private vehicle (car or minibus) will pick you up from either the international airport or a hotel in Salvador de Bahia and take you to the port in Mercado Modelo (Terminal Turístico Marítimo), at the foot of the Lacerda lift. From here you will board a catamaran that does a regular trip to Morro de Sao Paulo. (Departure times: 9:00, and in high season 14:30).
During two hours you will sail south down the Bahian coast to reach the island of Tinhare .After crossing the All Saints bay, you will sail past the Itaparica island to reach the northern coast of the island with the small village of Morro de Sao Paolo nestled in a bay of transparent blue waters.
Here a vehicle awaits to take you to your chosen hotel for your stay.
Check-in at the hotel and time to unpack in your room or bungalow for your first night.
Là, un véhicule vous attend pour rejoindre l’hotel que vous avez choisi pour effectuer votre séjour.
Arrivé dans l’hotel, vous vous enregistrez puis installez vos affaires dans votre chambre ou votre bungalow pour passer la nuit sur place.
Day 2 & 3 : Morro de São Paulo
In the morning the hotel’s buffet breakfast provides fresh local fruit juices and other specialties that will help you start your day.
You can then organize your days as you wish. Here are a few possible options:
– The lazy option, sunbathing next to the pool or on one of the beaches in Morro de Sao Paulo.
– Enjoy swimming around the reefs in the clear blue waters while snorkeling or diving.
– Surfing, kayaking or stand-up paddle can all be rented on site.
– Explorer the surroundings by going on nature walks in the coconut plantations and along the deserted beaches south of the village, or visit the waterfalls and springs in the local Atlantic forest.
– Horse riding or in carioles is another way to discover the natural beauty of this place.
– Go on a boat trip to visit the Island of Boipeba with its natural swimming pools.
At the days end, remember to watch the sunset from the Tapirandu fort or if you are lucky, watch the dolphins dancing in the sea.
Don’t forget to come back to the town centre for the evenings, it’s the best way to taste the delicious Bahian specialties or drink a glass on the terrace or in the local bars and restaurants. The village streets are full of shops and local craft shops for those who enjoy browsing.
As night roles on, its time to party and dance to local and international music in the bars and other night entertainment places in Morro de Sao Paulo.
Night at the hotel.
Day 4 : Morro de São Paulo – Salvador de Bahia
After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will go down to the port in Morro de Sao Paulo to board your boat at 11:30.
During the 64kms.trip you will see the bay open out before you and a beautiful view of the Salvador coastline from Barra point to the port.
Once in the port, a driver awaits to take you to the Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhaes airport or a hotel in town.
End of our services.
Fin de nos services.
Our tour accommodation in Morro de São Paulo
Hotel Fazenda Vila Guaiamù (Standard)
The Fazenda Vila Guaiamu hotel ilocated on the 3rd beach has 22 bedrooms spread out in 7 houses in an old coconut tree plantation giving shade, fresh air and calm for those who need it. The rooms are spacious and decorated in the local style; They have pleasant covered terrasses with a hammock to relax in during your stay.
This hotel is well placed close to the nightlife but far enough away to not disturb those who wish to sleep. It also has rooms for up to 4 people (a double bed and two singles), interesting for families or those wishing to go out at night. Our best choice in Morro de Sao Paulo.
Pousada Fazenda Caeira (standard)
The pousada Fazenda Caeira is a charming place that is split into two sites on the 3rd & 4th beaches of Morro de Sao Paulo, in a coconut tree plantation of more than 100 hectares. The buildings are only 30 metres from the beach with very bright rooms well decorated in a neo-rustic style mainly in wood that fits the « Pousada Fazenda » style (Farm or ranch guest houses).
All rooms have a balcony or a terrace, and the luxury category rooms are facing the ocean only 30 metres away. It is a good authentic choice that suits all travelers ready to pay for the many advantages of a charming rustic lodge style accommodation.
Pousada Villa dos corais (Superior)
Thanks to a full range of installations the Vila dos Corais lodge in Morro de Sao Paulo is for those looking for a full range of activities. Located on the sandy point between beaches 3 and 4, it has installations on both beaches.
The lodge is made up of small one-story buildings surrounded by a garden next to the ocean. The bedrooms are large, bright and comfortable, with a minimalistic modern decoration around four poster beds with mosquito nets giving a specific style. A large pool, a hammam and fitness centre plus a volleyball court and tennis court make this lodge the perfect place for families and groups of friends wishing to have fun while staying at the lodge.
Vila dos Orixas Boutique hotel & Spa (Superior)
Located on the furthest and quietest beach in Morro de Sao Paulo, about 6km from the village centre, the Vila dos Orixas is the latest top of the range establishment to open in Morro de Sao Paulo. A little out of town, but therefore in totally calm surroundings, the Vila dos Orixas offers free shuttle services into the village.
This top of the range lodge is a refined place with magnificent bedrooms and bungalows with wooden floors and grey polished walls, giving a very refined effect. The 40m² bungalows (superior) or 52m² (luxury) have Jacuzzis and exterior terraces with hammocks. This lodge is excellent value for money considering the marvelous services, The ideal place for couples looking for a romantic surrounding for a honeymoon for example.