Fernando de Noronha's beaches, along with the underwater life off the archipelago, are the destination's biggest draw. UNESCO itself is part of the Noronha archipelago on the World Heritage list, classifying its rich waters as “extremely important for the breeding and feeding of tuna, sharks, turtles and marine mammals”.
To this is added, of course, the natural beauty of Noronha, with particular emphasis on the bays and beaches of the island. Places like Sancho Beach or Bay of Pigs are in the memory of the most demanding beach lover. And then there is the incredible transparency of the waters of the beaches of Fernando de Noronha…
From all I knew in Fernando de Noronha, the beaches undoubtedly played a leading role in the experience. Including marine life by the coast, easily spotted with a simple mask of snorkel.
In fact, for years I had been seeing pictures of Praia do Sancho - and others -, so visiting Fernando de Noronha was an old dream. I could not have been happier to finally realize it.
Here is the complete list of Fernando de Noronha beaches, counterclockwise (starting at the port of Noronha). At the end of post I share my ranking staff of the best beaches of Fernando de Noronha; but if you want to know the big winner now, here you go: in my opinion, Bay of Pigs is Noronha's most beautiful beach. It's worth it.
Fernando de Noronha Beaches: Mar de Dentro
Porto Santo António Beach
A natural harbor where a small stone jetty was later built, the port of Santo António is used as a fishing and recreational port at the eastern end of Fernando de Noronha.
There is a wrecked ship a few hundred meters from the coast, of Greek origin, which prevents larger vessels from entering the port. Maybe that's why, and although this is not the quietest beach on the island, boat traffic is not unbearable for those who want to enjoy the beach.
I never imagined that, due to its proximity to the activity of so many boats, Porto de Santo António Beach could be pleasant. But is. More: it is from the places of Fernando de Noronha where it is easier to see turtles and sharks with just a mask. snorkel, a few meters from the beach. I highly recommend it.
It was a beautiful surprise for me.
Given the location, it is very likely that Praia do Cachorro Beach is the first Fernando de Noronha beach you will meet. It is located just below the Fortress of Remedios, making it a beach easily accessible from Vila dos Remedios.
Apparently the name comes from an ancient font that had the face of a dog (dog) carved in bronze. Nowadays, one of the great attractions of Praia do Cachorro is the so-called Buraco do Galego, a small circular natural pool that forms on the rocky part of the beach, on the right, which allows jumping into the water and good photo opportunities. It was Noronha beach where I saw the most rays. On land, it has a small beach (tiny at high tide), with some tables and chairs for vacationers.
From what I realize, it is also a very inclusive beach, frequented by many homosexual couples. In fact, Fernando de Noronha seemed to me to be a destination gay friendly, and this is visible all over the island.
All in all, and despite being only at the end of my very subjective top 5 one of the best beaches in Fernando de Noronha, I really liked Cachorro Beach.
It is true to say that Praia do Meio is rarely in the top choices of Fernando de Noronha visitors. It also happened to me. Maybe being flanked by the beaches of Cachorro and Conceição, I didn't stop at Praia do Meio too.
It is, however, a beautiful sandy beach that deserves a visit; especially from Cachorro through the small trail in a forest environment. If only on the way to sunset at Praia da Conceição.
It's not the best beach in Fernando de Noronha, but that's far from saying it's bad. The competition is that it is of great quality!
Praia da conceição
Undoubtedly one of the best environment beaches of Fernando de Noronha, Praia da Conceição is beautiful in every way. Situated at the foot of Morro do Pico and framed by a strip of coconut palms, it has an extensive sandy beach with relatively calm waters for much of the year. It is especially beautiful at dusk with low tide.
Natural beauties aside, what I appreciated most was the relaxed atmosphere of the beach, with people practicing I played, One slackline and the bar Duda Rei to quench thirst and hunger. It was there that I spent some evenings in Fernando de Noronha.
Also know that the famous Bar do Meio, where they organize the best sunset parties of the island (purposeful foreignism), is in Praia da Conceição. Unfortunately, it seemed too expensive for my taste.
At the right time, and like Cacimba do Padre Beach, Conceição Beach is also popular for surfing.
Boldró Beach has a beautiful beach and a good wave bar (Gerson's Bar). But for some reason, over the days I spent on the island, I was always falling into the background; and I ended up going there only once grazedso I don't have much to share.
It is from Boldró Beach that one can most easily access the virtually deserted Praia do Americano.
Praia do Americano is one of the smallest beaches in Fernando de Noronha; and also one of the least frequented on the island. This is why it is sought by those who appreciate the privacy of deserted beaches.
Seen from the Boldró viewpoint, I caught a glimpse of only a couple settling in the sand; This is a turtle nest marked with sticks by the technicians of the Tamar Project. Everything else was a pristine beach. For me, it is another of the best beaches in Fernando de Noronha. It has no support structure, and it helps to keep it intact. Is beautiful!
With so many wonderful beaches in Fernando de Noronha, Bode Beach is another one that is almost always in the background. It is quiet at low tide, with the possibility of forming natural pools, but for me I confess that it was another shortcut to access neighboring Cacimba do Padre (and from there, the Bay of Pigs).
It has, however, an extraordinary appeal for lovers of the Noronha sunset. Instead of going to the overcrowded Forte do Boldró viewpoint, to the right of Praia do Bode there is a cliff from which you can enjoy the sunset with much greater tranquility. Here's the tip.
If Bode Beach were located in a place other than Fernando de Noronha, where the “competition” is very high-profile, it would be a picture postcard attraction.
Cacimba do Padre Beach
Taken as a surfer's paradise, Cacimba do Padre Beach is the scene of major international events during the surf-friendly season - which runs from December to March - when it offers the best waves in Brazil. In the rest of the time, it is one of the most pleasant beaches of Fernando de Noronha.
Also called Quixaba Beach, Cacimba do Padre has one of the largest sands on the island, with white sand and the presence of Morro Dois Irmãos, on the left, as if blessing its crystal clear waters. To me it is one of the best beaches in Noronha.
Bay of Pigs
It does not have the sands of Sancho or Cacimbra do Padre, but what it lacks in size remains in beauty. There is no way to reach the Twin Brothers Viewpoint and not open your mouth in amazement: the Bay of Pigs is beautiful!
The color of the water, in different shades; the rocks kissed by the waves and where the fish take refuge; the tranquility of the waters, almost without waves; The beauty around. I don't know what fascinates me most about Pigs Bay, but I think it's the combination of all that makes it so special.
I fell in love with her so much that I went swimming in its waters several times during my stay on the island. And this despite the access is not the most expeditious, at least for those who travel by bus.
Yes, Bay of Pigs is most likely the most beautiful beach of Fernando de Noronha!
Contrary to what the map might suggest, you can't get to Baía dos Porcos from nearby Sancho Beach. To access the Bay of Pigs you must first reach Cacimba do Padre Beach and cross the small rocky hill that separates the two beaches (it's easy). As an additional tip, be aware that the snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs it is best to avoid low tide.
Multiple times voted “Best Beach in Brazil” and even “Best Beach in the World” in magazines and travel guides, Praia do Sancho is one of Fernando de Noronha's main attractions.
I arrived at Sancho Beach after walking the Dolphin - Sancho trail, enjoying the Dolphin Bay and stopping at all the viewpoints to enjoy the landscape and photograph. And I can assure you that the first time that Sancho Beach was bare before my eyes I did not contain a sense wow! Alongside the nearby Bay of Pigs, Sancho is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Noronha.
It is a huge beach designed by artist's hands, with a curvaceous configuration that gives it an additional elegance; and is protected by an 50 meter escarpment that offers incredible views of the beach. Being there is a privilege.
It is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Fernando de Noronha! And from Brazil!
As a result of the small dimensions of the staircase to access Sancho Beach, there are definite times for going down and going up. Once you arrive at PIC Sancho (Information and Control Post), schedule your tour accordingly. You can, for example, make the Dolphin - Sancho trail before or after going to the beach, depending on this time. The information is visible on a large panel placed outside the PIC.
Noronha Beaches: Mar de Fora
Leão Beach is said to owe its name to the rock in front of the beach which, they say, vaguely resembles a sea lion. Imagination aside, it is one of the most beautiful but dangerous beaches in Fernando de Noronha; It is responsible for most of the drownings that have occurred on the island over time. For this reason, the park authorities do not advise taking a bath in the Lion. “It's a beach of contemplation,” I was told on arrival at PIC Sueste.
In fact, there is a very short walkway, similar to the Sancho Beach trail, which leads to a viewpoint with superb views of the coast, including the beautiful sandy beach of Leão Beach, in the background.
All in all, I don't know if it is worth going to visit Leão Beach on purpose, because you can't enjoy it conveniently. But being in Praia do Sueste, it is well worth the small detour to know Praia do Leão. Also because it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches of Fernando de Noronha. Here's the tip.
Guarded by the ruins of São Joaquim do Sueste Fort and part of the PARNAMAR - Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, Praia do Sueste is one of the most protected beaches in the archipelago. To the point of having a beach area forbidden to swimmers; and another only accessible through the compulsory use of a “flotation vest”. Not to damage the corals.
Well, it was precisely to explore the underwater world that I visited Sueste Beach.
As my daughter was afraid of seeing sharks, I chose to do snorkelling in the company of a guide, to make her a little calmer. This despite being an experienced swimmer and having already done snorkelling in other beaches of Fernando de Noronha. But the word shark scares, of course.
And so we went to the sea accompanied by the young guide Yuri and equipped with the appropriate vests. The result was that we saw two shark (or nurse shark) specimens, one of which was very large, and some large turtles. Had I gone alone, I would not have ventured so far, given the strong current; and would not have found them. Worth it.
Hiring the guide to do snorkelling In the protected area of Praia do Sueste it costs R $ 50 per person. If you are uncomfortable swimming with a current, traveling with children or being afraid of sharks, I recommend this additional safety. I, as described above, did not regret doing so.
Being only accessible with permission from Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, Atalaia Beach is a virtually deserted beach all day long; except for low tide. That's when 96 lucky people are allowed to visit Atalaia.
The great attraction of Praia da Atalaia is the “natural pool” formed by the reefs that, at low tide, like trapping fish in its interior. It is said that it is possible to glimpse countless species of small size fish, as well as moray eels, turtles and shark cubs.
The day I went to do snorkelling At Atalaia Beach, however, I had a relative disappointment. The pool and track to get there are visually pleasing, of course, but the amount and diversity of wildlife on the water has left something to be desired. At least for me that in previous days I had done snorkelling in many other beaches of Fernando de Noronha.
That said, the inevitable question: is it worth it do the Atalaia Trail? Yes it's worth it. Especially because you might be luckier than me and see many more sea animals. The wildlife is like that, and you can't anticipate what the waters of Watchtower will be like; The only alternative is to try.
Atalaia Beach is only available at low tide, by prior appointment with PARNAMAR, up to six days in advance. In practice, given the high demand, you can only schedule it for six days later (ie if you book on a Monday, it is very likely that you only have a spot for Praia da Atalaia the following Saturday).
Noronha Beach Map
In conclusion, I leave the list of the best beaches of Fernando de Noronha (according to my eyes). It is an entirely personal choice. The beaches of top 5 are marked in green on the map above.
Ranking: the best beaches of Fernando de Noronha
During the nine days I spent in Fernando de Noronha, I found myself repeatedly trying to make a ranking with my favorite beaches. As I got to know new wonderful bays and sands, the classification varied; until you get to top 5 one of the best beaches in Noronha that I now share (I couldn't break the last position).
- Bay of Pigs
- Sancho Beach
- Praia da conceição
- Cacimba do Padre Beach
- Americano Beach (for those who like deserted beaches) and Cachorro Beach (where is the famous Galician hole)
It is, as I say, a totally subjective choice, and dependent on my personal tastes. But if you have a few days and bet on knowing only these five / six beaches of Fernando de Noronha, you will hardly regret.
For complete Noronha tips, including when to go, how long to stay, Environmental Preservation Rate information, and trail scheduling, see the Fernando de Noronha's guidebook. Below is a short summary of how to get there and where to stay.
There is only one way to get to Fernando de Noronha: by plane. Azul and Gol have several daily flights between Recife and Noronha (just over an hour's flight) - and there are also flights from Natal. From Portugal to Recife, the most direct way is to fly from Lisbon with TAP.
Where to stay
For more detailed information on the different regions of the island, see the post specific where to stay in Fernando de Noronha, in which I explain the advantages and disadvantages of each location.
My top pick for accommodation in Fernando de Noronha is Vila dos Remedios, followed by Floresta Nova and Floresta Velha. Note, however, that price can strongly condition your choices.
In particular, I like the inns Corvette e Flamboyant Residence (Village of Remedies); from the inns Naiepe e Dry Stones (in the New Forest); and yet Pousada Filó and from Noronha 350 (in the Old Forest). Alternatively, the Conceição House It sits on Conceição Beach and is an absolute charm.
Finally, if you want to spend a few unforgettable days (and are willing to pay for it), I recommend without hesitation the extraordinary Pousada Maravilha, Pousada Morena e Teju-Açu Ecopousada, three of the most luxurious inns of Fernando de Noronha. Gonna love it!
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