The Marau Peninsula lies south of Salvador, 3.5 hours by road and 45 minutes by plane. Its main draw is the 40km stretch of beaches with swimming and surfing spots, but there are also mangroves, islands, coconut groves and fishing villages to be explored. It is comparatively little visited and is a good place to unwind away from the busier beaches further north.
Reasons to include the Marau Peninsula include:
You can visit the Marau Peninsula at any time of year, as the weather is consistently good. High season runs from December to March and also includes July, when Brazilians take their winter break. There are generally fewer visitors in other months, although this region only gets really busy at New Year and Carnival.
This gem of an eco-loge is set in several acres of floral gardens leading to a sandy beach, an ideal place to unwind at the end of your holiday.
Hotel Manary Praia is a comfortable and well equipped 24 room hotel set in front of Ponta Negra beach close to Natal.
13 cabana pousada on the sparsely populated Marau Peninsula south of Salvador da Bahia.
Txai Resort is set on the beautiful Bahia coast and is an ideal place from which to explore both the scenery and culture of this part of Brazil.
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Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.