Itacaré

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Itacaré is in Bahia, in Northeast Brazil. It is an up-and-coming vacation spot with amazing beaches, surf, capoeira and plenty of culture.

Get in[edit]

By Plane

For most international tourists the entry to Brazil will be through São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Salvador international airports. There are daily flights operated from domestic airlines TAM and BRA to Ilhéus which is the closest airport to Itacaré.

By Bus

From Ilheus (which has an airport) take a bus north - the ride takes less than two hours. From Salvador, you can take a ferry to Bom Despacho (50 min, 4 Reais) and then a bus to Itacaré (5 hours, 30 Reais, bus company "Cidade do sol", their terminal is directly behind the ferry port in Bom Despacho). There is also a bus that goes directly from Salvador to Itacaré, but it takes a lot longer than the ferry-bus combination (as it goes all around the bay of Salvador), is more expensive and only goes once or twice a week.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Luanda, Filhos de Zumbi and Tribo do Porto are three capoeira groups in Itacaré. You don't want to miss their shows. Their training sessions are open to visitors.

Do[edit]

  • EasyDrop. Professional surf school with intensive video review of your daytime sessions in the evenings.

Buy[edit]

Itacaré isn't a shopping paradise, but there are some nice handcrafts and surf wear & gear. There's also a travellers' bookshop.

  • Urso de Óculos: International BookshopAvenida Castro Alves 71 (Orla) (on the waterfront in the historic centre, on the way to the fishing port). A Charming independent bookshop overlooking the water in the historic centre of Itacaré.

Wide selection of books in over 15 different languages (including English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Italian and Hebrew), and a space to relax away from the crowds with a coffee, real English tea or glass of wine.

Eat[edit]

  • Ristorante Eden - a very high-end restaurant that serves by appointment only for a minimum of 6 guests and a maximum of 25. Run by Mariella and her husband, Sergio. Do not miss this treat while in town - near Concha Beach. (Update: This one was for sale in June 2007 so functionality is uncertain).
  • Casarão Amarelo. Avenida Castro Alves, Centro. Another great restaurant in town, dishing out wonderful plates of coconut curry shrimp and other, less-exotic fare. At ~25-35 Reais / plate, it's another "don't miss".
  • Dedo de MoçaRua Plínio Soares, 26. Centro. Very nice quality restaurant.
  • Mar e Mel. Praia da Concha. Good food and live music. Typical dishes & exotic drinks.

Drink[edit]

  • Café-Bar Easy Drop, Rua João Coutinho, Centro. Drinks and live music.
  • Tapiocaria Bem Bahia, Rua Lodonio de Almeida, Centro.

Sleep[edit]

Itacare is filled with guest houses (pousadas) there's one for each budget and each style of traveler.

  • Pousada Solarium, Loteamento Concha do Mar, quadra B nº32, Praia da Concha, (73) 3251 3031, (pousadasolaium@ig.com.br), [1]. Solarium in Latim means "a place for sunbath", which describe perfectly this accommodation.
  • Pousada Coqueiro Verde. Praia da Concha. Comfortable and stylish pousada. The website has photos of Itacare, a beach guide and a short town history section.
  • Ilha VerdeRua Ataíde Setúbal, 234. Centro. A pousada where they serve a wonderful breakfast for only 5 Reais. Here Lua teaches Yoga for 50 Reais per month with three lessons/week.
  • Albergue O Pharol, Praça Santos DuMont, 07, Centro. Affordable pousada with 12 collective and 2 private rooms.

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