Salvador, located in the Bay of All Saints, has a coastline that stretches for approximately 50 km. Those who love the beach and water sports are in for a wonderful experience.
Salvador has lots of beautiful beaches, each one with different characteristics. Local beaches are great for several types of water activities, such as surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing, and stand up paddling. The city’s waterfront is lively both during the day and at night. There are always plenty of people walking, jogging, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, and enjoying the local bars and kiosks.
Beach in Barra neiborhood, in Salvador
Porto da Barra
Porto da Barra Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Salvador. Close to several hotels, bars, and restaurants, it is a favorite among tourists. With a shoreline that extends for about 600 meters, the beach has a privileged view of All Saints Bay. Its waters are clean and crystal-clear, the sea is perfect for swimming, and the sunset is stunning from there. Activities on the sand include beach paddleball, peteca (a traditional sport in Brazil played with a “hand shuttlecock”), and footvolley. Water activities include kayaking, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, and stand-up paddling.
Farol da Barra
This beach is home to one of the greatest icons in Salvador: Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse). Natural pools are formed around it at low tide, which is ideal if you want to enjoy a sunny day. The beachfront area is one of the city’s attractions. It is always very busy with lots of people practicing physical activities, and there are several restaurants and kiosks. A good option is to visit the Nautical Museum of Bahia, located in the fort on which the lighthouse stands. It is a great location to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the city.
This is the favorite beach among surfers. With big waves and strong winds, it is where the main surfing schools in the city are located. There aren’t many kiosks on the beach, but it has a long strip of sand, which is ideal to play footvolley. There is a jogging path as well as a bike path along the beach promenade, making it the perfect place for anyone who enjoys exercising at the end of the day.
Itapuã Beach, immortalized by Brazilian poet Vinícius de Moraes in his verses, has calm emerald-green waters. Due to rocks along the beach, natural pools are formed at low tide. They are perfect for a dip on a sunny day. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Itapuã Lighthouse, one of the city’s icons, up close. And they should definitely take the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine at the many bars and kiosks on the beachfront.
Far from downtown Salvador, Flamengo Beach is the northernmost beach in the capital. It has calm crystal-clear waters, lots of coconut trees, and it’s an excellent place to practice sports. The beach has good infrastructure that includes tables, chairs, loungers, showers, and a playground for the children.
Stella Maris Beach is located in a neighborhood that has lots of resorts and vacation homes. Many natural pools are formed during low tide, and the beach is a gorgeous setting that includes dunes, coconut trees, and an extensive waterfront. Some spots along the beach have strong waves that are ideal for surfing.
All Saints Bay also includes 3 islands that must be visited during your stay in Salvador. They are Itaparica Island, Maré Island, and Frades Island, where the Ponta de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe Beach is located. The beach has received a Blue Flag Certification for meeting a series of environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria.
There are other stunning beaches quite close to Salvador, more specifically on Costa dos Coqueiros (Coconut Coast), that are totally worth a visit. They include the beaches of Guarajuba, Forte, Itacimirim, Barra do Jacuípe, and Massarandupió. Nobody can resist the charming beaches in Bahia.
+55 (71) 3204-1010
The International Airport of Salvador receives domestic flights from most Brazilian capitals, as well as international flights.
+55 (71) 3616-8357 | +55 (71) 3616-8358
The Salvador Bus Terminal is located in the central area of the city and operates local and interstate bus routes.
By Boat | Ferry
+55 (71) 3320-1299
The Port of Salvador receives cruises from several countries around the world. Please check with the operating companies.
The Subway in Salvador currently has two lines and operates on a daily basis from 5 A.M. to midnight, including weekends and holidays.
Customer Service: 0800 071 8020
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city of Salvador.
Bahia Tourist Hotline:
+55 (71) 3103-3103
Tourist Information Center – Pelourinho:
+55 (71) 3321-2133
Tourist Information Center – Airport:
+55 (71) 3204-1444
Tourist Information Center – Bus Terminal:
+55 (71) 3450-3871
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
Salvador has tropical weather, with regular rainfall throughout the year and no specific dry season. The average temperature is around 25°C. Despite the high temperatures, the breeze coming from the Atlantic Ocean makes it all better even on the hottest days.