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Friday, March 1, 2013

Where to next?

So, I'm a travel freak. I loooove traveling more than pretty much anything, except for a few people ;).

So my question is, WHERE TO NEXT?

I may have a friend coming to visit me in July and we're trying to figure out what we want. We know that we want someplace that is laid back, has GREAT beaches with crystal clear water, has good tourism infrastructure (aka, hotels that are actually nice) and definitely a place within or extremely close to a beachfront village in order to enjoy ourselves at night as well going to restaurants and bars and enjoying ''a vida boa.''

I'm pretty set on going somewhere in the Northeast. I've been brainstorming a little bit and I've come up with some options, which seem like they're going to be expensive and/or impossible. Let me throw my ideas out there and you tell me what you think.

Bahia

-Iberostar Praia do Forte: I've been to Iberostar resorts before and they're freaking amazing. They are all-inclusive and good quality, so you go and enjoy the beach, sun, pools, golf courses, spas, activities while eating and drinking until you explode. Yes, it includes alcoholic beverages too. Generally the all inclusive idea is a great deal, cause you only end up spending a few hundred dollars more on going out of the resort if you want, or doing excursions. In this case, I don't NEED the ''village'' because the whole resort is so self contained, but there still is one just in case we need to leave and get some ''fresh air.'' Only issue, I'm seeing that through CVC its all booked, through Decolar it's all booked and through Iberostar.com it's all booked. HOW CAN THAT BE? Im going to need some jeito...



-Somwhere like Itacaré/Trancoso or somewhere in Southern Bahia. I feel like this would get super pricey (as Itacaré/Trancoso are playgrounds for Millionaires) and more complicated as Salvador, the closest and likely cheapest airport in Bahia is a good 400 miles way....dificil!

                                                       (Oh god, Look at how freaking beautiful Itacaré is...) 

Ceará

-Jijoca de Jericoacoara: This place looks pretty much unreal. A small town filled with restaurants/shops and pousadas, in the middle of a national park, on the ocean, with no roads leading to it. You need to take a sand buggy over the gigantic sahara-like dunes for an hour and a half in order to reach the town. Only drawbacks: Fortaleza is a 5 hour plane ride from Sao Paulo, the ride on the bus to the point where you take the buggy is another 5 hours to the West of Fortaleza and plane tickets there are damn expensive. Also, accommodations in Jericoacoara are not super cheap (as in, I think they're expensive.)



And, my un-creative self has not had any other great ideas. Can you help me out? Where did you go and love? Was it a good deal???

Abraços
Alex

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  1. I've been to both Iberostar Praia do Forte (not staying there, just sneaking in with a friend of a employee) and Jericoacoara. Like you said, Iberostar resorts are pretty much the same anywhere. I guess I don't really see the point of flying to Bahia for the same experience you could have in Miami or whatever :-p

    Jeri is quite nice, but that jeep ride is definitely brutal! If you're pretty much just looking for sun, beach, and relaxation, I'm sure you could find a place in the southeast (Paraty-RJ?) although I'm not sure what the weather's like in July, is it rainy?

    Porto Seguro is another major destination in Bahia, and within reach of other, smaller places like Trancoso and Arraial da Ajuda. You'd just fly SP - Salvador and then a short flight from Salvador - Porto Seguro. Ilheus is another town to look into, which has a small domestic airport that you could fly into from Salvador (perhaps even from SP too, not sure).

    I'm sure you can find less expensive hotels in Trancoso; the place may attract a lot of rich people, but that doesn't mean those are the only options. I'm seeing ones around R$200/night which is not cheap, but nor is it outrageous. If you Google pousada + trancoso you might find smaller places that are cheaper but still nice.

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    1. Great points you bring up here.......I will definitely do more searching as it seems like there are plenty of options.

      Thanks!!!

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  2. I'd say that, in anywhere south of Bahia, the weather in July is a little bit too cool to enjoy a proper beach holiday. I know a lot of expats laugh but it is the winter, even if only technically. You might get lucky and have a warm week but it's just not guaranteed.

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    1. Thanks Andrew, this is a very important thing for me. I'm used to the Caribbean coast of Mexico where it is almost 100 degrees and the sun is blaring (and I quite like that), so anything that's 80F and breezy honestly probably would not be a good fit for me and the beach. I was a little chilly at night in Rio during the SUMMER at the beach, so I think it's probably a no-no for during the winter months.

      I'm going to stick with the Northeast I think ;)

      Abraço

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  3. Lembre-se de que o mês de julho é período de chuva na maior parte dos estados nordestinos. Eu cometi o erro de ir para Jericoacoara em julho e peguei chuva nos 3 dias em que eu fiquei lá :(. Eu acho que norte é a única região do Brasil que faz sol forte em julho.

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    1. Ah que SACO! Sério? Parece que é impossivel fugir das chuvas aqui! Está sempre chovendo aqui em Sao Paulo, definitivamente PRECISO um lugar sem chuva para curtir a praia....praia e chuva, nada pior na minha opiniao.

      Obrigado pela dica!

      Abraço

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  4. I say spend a bit more and do Trancoso or Itacaré (you've already traveled all the way down here so what is a few hundred reais extra in the long run for a far superior destination).
    And on the subject of the finer things I just released another Grittjoke
    http://grittypoet.blogspot.com.br/2013/02/grittjokes-fifth-one.html
    Ok,ok, go ahead and use it during your trip to impress the ladies.

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    1. Good point......and that joke is something else there, Grit.

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    2. "and that joke is something else there"

      You ain't seen nothing yet.

      http://grittypoet.blogspot.com.br/2013/03/grittjokes-sixth-one.html

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  5. Bem está chovendo agora por aqui e vai ficar assim até agosto mas de todo jeito ia dizer que em Julho vocês poderiam aproveitar para curtir o São João e - se a sorte estiver do lado de vocês - aproveitem e vão à praia. E próximo verão você tem que vir para uma praia do Nordeste, opção não falta, é só escolher se quer uma mais badalada ou mais calma rsrsrs

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    1. :( :(

      POR FAVOR nao me diga que o Brasil vai ser chuvoso para o tempo inteiro que vou estar aqui!!!!!!!! Pelo Amor de Deus!

      Abraços!

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    2. Não! De setembro a fevereiro faz sol e, pelo menos no Nordeste, estava muito quente. Setembro é um dos melhores meses porque não chove e tem bastante vento então você não derrete esperando o ônibus... Mas pelo menos até o meio do ano vai chover mais em todo lugar, são as 'águas de março' como cantava Elis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRqI5R6L7ow).

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  6. My friend went to that resort in Praia do Forte (isn't it expensive???) and HATED it. That's one person's opinion, but he likes nature, kayaking, and nature. I've been to Praia do Forte and liked it (you can visit Projeto Tamar and see the turtles :), but I'd stay in pousada, not a chique resort.

    Bahia is awesome and I recommend Morro de Sao Paulo. It's about 2.5 hour boat ride from Salvador and is Paradise!!!

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    1. Hated it? Wow, that seems kind of hard to do, being on the beach and all! Well, that kind of sucks for them!

      Cool about Morro. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  7. I would recommend
    - Fernando de Noronha (expensive but unique)
    - Porto de Galinhas - Pernambuco (crystal clear water)

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  8. look into Natal or Maceio. Keep your eyes peeled for airfare deals. You can like the Gol facebook page to keep on top of the sales.

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    1. I've heard wonderful things about Natal....but I've heard Maceió is verry dangerous....anyway, I'll keep my eye out! Thanks!!!

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  9. Alex
    Planejar uma viagem de verão no inverno do Brasil vai sair caro. Ainda mais na época das férias escolares, onde todos vão ter a mesma idéia que você e as passagens/hotéis/restaurantes/etc estarão super-faturados. Se estivesse quente você poderia ir para Camburi/Camburizinho ou Toque-toque que não perde pra quase nenhuma praia do Nordeste (a não ser Fernando de Noronha que eu fui e é uma coisa à parte)e você vai de Sp de ônibus e gasta pouco. Ja considerou a possibilidade de curtir o inverno no Sul do País, ou mesmo em Campos do Jordão? A noite em Campos é LO-TA-DA de gente jovem e bonita
    Abs

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    1. Ah, tá. Faz sentido né. Que saco!!

      Ouvi muita coisa boa sobre as praias de Camburi e Toque-Toque, parecem LINDAS mesmo. Definitivamente vou conhecé-las próxima vez que eu tiver a oportunidade. Sao bem pertinhas de Sao Paulo, entao devoooo ir em BREVE!

      Hmmm. Eu nao estava pensando em ir para o Sul durante o inverno, justamente por causa do frio. Mas, Campos é bem perto, entao devo aproveitar a oportunidade, né?

      Obrigado pelas sugestoes!!!
      Abraços

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