Brazil’s beaches have inspired dozens of the world’s most famous musicians, from Barry Manilow and Kylie Minogue, to Shirley Bassey and The Supremes. In fact, The Girl from Ipanema is the second most recorded pop song in history! Whether you’re joining Rio’s beautiful set for sunbathing and volleyball on one of the city’s 13 beaches, or searching for something rather more wild and secluded, you’re bound to fall in love with Brazil’s coast.
The beaches in Brazil are too many to count, but there’s approximately 3,000 miles of them in total. Picking a favourite is nigh on impossible, but we’ll go out on a limb and say that if you visit just one, it has to be Baia do Sancho in Fernando de Noronha.
This aquatic Eden has gone through a variety of reincarnations -- as a penal colony, Air France refuelling site, and Cold War cruise missile base - but today it’s a National Marine Reserve, and a place of incomparable natural beauty. The pristine shore is accessed via two ladders down from the cliff, which keeps the crowds away.