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Alagoas may be one of Brazil’s smallest and poorest states, but it’s incredibly rich in beaches, which are easily among the most beautiful, and secluded, in the country. The presence of the world’s second longest reef along much of the coastline accounts for the mesmerizing calm and transparency of the turquoise waters, ideal for snorkeling, diving, or merely floating. The relaxed and modern capital of Maceió possesses some alluring urban beaches of its own, but the real stunners lie to the north (São Miguel dos Milagres) and south (Barra de São Miguel). Aside from sun, Alagoas is a great place to soak up traditional Northeastern Brazilian ...

Alagoas may be one of Brazil’s smallest and poorest states, but it’s incredibly rich in beaches, which are easily among the most beautiful, and secluded, in the country. The presence of the world’s second longest reef along much of the coastline accounts for the mesmerizing calm and transparency of the turquoise waters, ideal for snorkeling, diving, or merely floating. The relaxed and modern capital of Maceió possesses some alluring urban beaches of its own, but the real stunners lie to the north (São Miguel dos Milagres) and south (Barra de São Miguel). Aside from sun, Alagoas is a great place to soak up traditional Northeastern Brazilian culture, particularly in the colonial towns of Marechal Deodoro and Penedo, a largely undiscovered gem on the banks of the mighty São Francisco River.

Michael Sommers
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Michael Sommers is the author of Moon Brazil and Moon Rio, as well as the blog Thrill of Brazil. He has been living in Salvador, Brazil since 1999.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northeastern Brazil on the Atlantic coast
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Brazilian Real
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Expect sun and heat year-round, although May and June can be rainy.