Hotel Praia do Encanto in Morro de São Paulo Island = Traveler Reviews TripAdvisor, I loved it so much thinking of going bact for the thrid time!!!, Have been to Hotel Praia do Encanto Eco Resort which, as the name refers, is really enchanting. It was our second time there and having been so good the first time (November 2004 with a group of 6) we chose this hotel over all the ones that exist on the island to spend part of our honeymoon in May2005. It is on the end of the island about 8 km from the village on the Praia do Encanto or, as some say the fifth beach (The beaches at Morro de S�o Paulo have original and imaginative names, First beach, Second beach, Third beach, Forth beach and last, but not least, Fifth beach or Praia do Encanto) The staff is very friendly, especially Neide and Cosme. The bungalow rooms are individual with little gardens in front and have a lot of privacy. Private bath rooms. Very clean with a change of towels and bed sheets everyday, which, due to the small water tanks they have on the island, is a luxury. Not 5 star luxury, but I believe that on the island there isn�t any place as luxury as this resort (I heard Patachocas was good, but my husband and I adore nature and there project destroyed what was around, were as Praia do Encanto Eco Resort saved everything possible). The beach at Praia do Encanto is really beautiful. Paradise. Every thing you need is at Praia do Encanto Eco Resort. Beautiful landscape, deserted beaches, good coconut trees, nice crystal warm water with natural pools out in the sea, fishes swimming up to you, etc�.. The restaurant, during our honeymoon was under reconstruction so we ate out on the beach bar. Having the staff give it the most romantic and tropical look, with flags made out of sheets(Ones used in the boats we saw at Porto Galinhas) and tiny colourful candle like lights all around was an A plus. The cuisine at the hotel serves very tasty food and we ate there nearly ever evening because it was so good. The owner told us he was going to hire a very famous Spanish chefe who had retired and wanted to spend some time at Morro de S�o Paulo. Apparently he cooks even better, but we never had the opportunity to taste his cooking since his kitchen and restaurant weren�t ready before we left. Our stay included breakfast which was also served by the hotel at the beach bar and had a a large variety of tropical fruit, fruit drinks, coffee, tea, home made pastry and bread and the most delicious guava jam I have ever had! Try out the cheese buns as well. In fact, just thinking about breakfast grows water in my mouth! The beach bar also has tasty snacks and great fruit drinks made with real tropical fruit. The staff put on good Brazilian music. The prices charged for dinner, snacks and drinks(not the breakfast ones off course) was a surprise to us since we expected a much bigger fee. It was cheap. Considering that one euro equals 3 reais(Brazilian money) we paid for a tree course meal and drinks 10 euros per person. You can charge everything to the room and pay in the end with credit card, which is good in this part of the island as you can save the money you took with you for othe things. (There is only one ATM machine on the island(second beach) where you can withdraw money so be sure to take plenty with you, especially if you are going on the weekend or local public holidays, since it gets crowdy, because of the luaus night beach parties.) The nets around the bar at Praia do Encanto Eco Resort are the best places for a nap! The gardens are very pretty with welcome notes, elves, fairies and old wooden toys here and there. Be on the look out for the crabs that live in them and run away into their holes as soon as you appear. There is also Barbara, the Saint Bernard, which is very friendly and loves a pat on the back. If you are lucky the owners, who are very friendly and really make you feel at home, will be around and invite you for a beach party or some home made�cacha�a� drinks in the adega (It�s a kind of Brazilian brandy). The swimming pools (Two, being one for children) are of good size, enough for a good swim. The truth is that the seawater is so warm and nice who wants the pool. The owner told us that he was going to build a new and even bigger swimming pool with a pool bar inside, which is surpossed to be ready this November, (eager to know how it turned out). For those who have children, the water at sea is normally shallow. The hotel has a painting atelier where they can also spend some time painting t-Shirts.The couple who work there are simply adorable and you�ll like them immediately. Exploring the gardens and forest behind the hotel is also a good activity for them. There is a gym, a table tennis and pool table to spend some of your time there. I read someone complained about the mosquitoes there. Hey, you are in Brazil, and if you don �t like mosquitoes don �t bother going there because they are seasons were they are every where you go! Take a good repliant, because although the product the hotel spreads every evening around the grounds is good it still is not enough, for a person like myself who attracts mosquitoes a mile away. The truth is that against mosquitoes there is little I could do, and even in the five star hotels were we stayed at later on I could not get rid of them. So if you are allergic to the bits like I am, better use the Brazilian �AUTAN� mosquitoes repellent as I found it was the best! The hotel, as all the other five star hotels were we stayed during our honeymoon, gave us electrical repellent to put in the room during the night, just ask for it at the reception desk! Get up early in the morning (6 am) and you can see the fisherman out at sea fishing. In the evening the locals come about nearby to catch crabs in the sands and the �mangue� trees. (If you are from Europe you won�t have trouble getting up that early because of the time zones- Brazil is 4/5 hours behind European time.)The trees (African fig trees and palms) near the beach also have tiny, cheerful monkeys who hide them selves during the rest of the day, so you can only see them early in the mornings. The leaves, which fall during the day and night on the beach, are cleaned every day by the staff. At low tied go out as far into the sea as you can were you get the best sights of the hotel and beach (check the tied and go to Morro S�o Paulo when it�s low during the day, because at high tied the beaches at Morro de S�o Paulo tend to disappear. Also take good shoes because there are a lot of cutting corals hidden in the sea). The hotel has horses and you can ride them on the beach or in the forest. You can buy excursion at the hotel�s reception desk. Get the boat trip to the natural pools and nearby islands-Cairu and Boibepa- and enjoy the beauty of the coastline, deserted beaches and river. In our opinion Praia Coeira and Praia Tassimirim on the Boipepa Island are the most beautiful (only seen during low tied). Bring back home breath taking photos. We walked from praia do Encanto all the way to First Beach. It takes about 3 to 4 hours (slow walking and stopping for a dip and to take photos) It is the best and only way to really feel the beauty of this place. No need for a guide. The Praia do Encanto and Fourth beach are complety deserted and only seldomly will you see other tourists or locals. If you �re lazy or tired you can take the hotel�s truck that takes about 30 minutes till the Second beach. The hotel provide a very good timetable, sometimes arranged to your needs if you are the only ones using it. (As you know there are not any cars on the First, Second and Third beaches). The sights seen from the truck are also nice and if you are lucky you�ll see flocks of green, yellow budgets flying in the wild. At Portalo, take the public boat to Gamboa and visit the Argila baths. At low tied walk back to the villa along the beaches. Once again no need of a guide and it is the only way you can see the beautiful deserted beaches on this side of the island. We also went to the old fort that is nice. Walk all the way up the Morro and, if you have the courage, drop down the Torolesa into the ocean. Spend the evening at the Second beach and watch the locals dancing �Capoeira� . See the sun set at the fort�!!!!!At night go to the luaus and try out the wonderful drinks. Had lunch twich at the �Bar das Piscinas, at the beginning of the Fourth beach, which is very good, especially the �moceca� of Lobster and shrimp. The �Caipirinhas (drinks) are also very good!!! The village is nice and at night has lots to do. Hippies selling things, bars, restaurants, people in the streets(made out of sand, so ladies no need of high heels, just sandals). Things are more expensive than in Salvador so if you forget you sunglasses, bikini or towel buy them in Mercado Modelo at Salvador before leaving. The restaurants tend to pack up in the high season so go early or eat at the hotel like we did. Try lobster, nice price. Lots of bars, no discos, but you can party all night at the beach. To get to Morro catch a speedboat at Mercado do Modelo (Ilha Bella). It takes about 2 hours and costs 50 reais per person. If the sea is flat you�ll see flying fishes and dolphins as well as catch a nice tan. No seasickness. If the sea is rough catch the catamaran because the speedboat is nauseating (not that the catamaran is better but at least it is safer). If you get seasick or can not wait to get to the island I recommend you take the AeroStar plane that takes about 15 mins from Salvador and the runway (belongs exclusively to Patachocas and Praia do Encanto Eco Resort Hotels) is just behind the hotel. If you arrive at the island by boat pay the locals to carry your luggage in their taxi�s (Garden carts) because the climbs is difficult after a boat trip, in the sun and hot temperature. Pay about 5 reais per volume. Yes it is not cheap but believe me you will find out it is worth it!!!! Carrying your own weight up the hill is already too much. If you �re in a hippy mood stay in the second beach, if you love peace, silence, beautiful deserted beaches search for hotels on the Forth or Praia do Encanto. I recommend the Praia do Encanto Eco Resort because it really is a very good hotel for the island standards and I doubt there is anything better than this one. From what I heard Patachocas is also a good choice.

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Getting Started to Know


A Short History of Morro De São Paulo 

In 1531 a guy called Martim Afonso de Souza arrived at this place and decided that it would be the Tynharéa Island, but as time went by, people changed the name to TinharéIsland.
The owner of the captaincy where the island is located, a guy called Jorge de Figuereido Corrêa, told Francisco Romero that the place belonged to him, and that he wanted to see that place colonized before someone get to it, wanting to dominate the region.
In that time there were some battles between the local inhabitants and French and Dutch. Oh, the pirates and corsairs also tried to enjoy the beach there, but they were all kicked away. The Tupiniquins and Aymorés Indian, also didn't like the invasions, and they attacked the invaders that lived in the continent, so the islands got quickly full of people.

Hotels´ Reception Area


If you are staying at one of the hotels at the Quarta Praia (Fourth Beach), go directly to the Hotel Reception Area to catch the tractor to your hotel. The Hotel Reception Area is located one street behind the second beach. Each hotel has a different tractor. If the tractor is not there, please ask an attendant at the Hotels Reception Area to call the hotel to send the tractor for you.


The tractor serves as means of transportation!


To get to the hotel, you can either take a tractor or the hotel will send a van. The tractor provides for an unforgettable experience. It is the primary means of transportation into town at night.



Lots of great views


"Primeira Praia" (First Beach) - it is the most frequented beach by the people that live in Morro. There the first houses and lodgings were raised at the beach. Some motorboats and sailing anchor, because the Hill protect them from the strong winds, besides being a beautiful beach


Bar, Restaurants and Tables on the Beach. 

There are tables on the beach. You can have a drink, food, read a book, or just relax There are some waves at a reef that has small bay. It is a perfect right formation that breaks with more frequency in the winter and it is advisable to use boot, because the point is very shallow.

The Sun....


"Segunda Praia" (Second Beach) - it is the beach where the things happen. There the nightlife takes place, that begins late, around 1:30, 2:00 and it goes until the morning. In the daytime, it is the beach of the youngs and of the chicks. There people play footvolley, volley, racketball, capoeira, drinks some beer, or a coconut and search a target for night, in other words, it is where the flirting is. Also several lodgings, campings and kiosks exist.

The Nature

"Terceira Praia" (Third Beach) - right after "Saudade" Island. It is where the more alternative peoplego. There it is possible to catch a Tractor-train!?, that takes people to the more distant beaches like the end of the Fourth Beach, Boipeba and Garapuá. When you are walking on that beach, pay attention to those authorized monsters, because they are very fast, and I believe they don't have ABS brakes. There is also plenty people riding on horseback, besides, it was there, that for the first time I saw a guy riding on horseback inside of the sea with the water on the waist and the horse only with the head out. It looked like he was enjoying the beach.


Which beach to stay? Which hotel to stay in?


For Peace, I like the Fourth Beach and hotel

"Quarta Praia" (Fourth Beach) - The Fourth beach is the best in Morro. It's the perfect place to get away from it all. Nothing is seen in the distance but palm trees, sand and sea. The only problem if you stay there is that it's far away from the village, so you won't be able to go there on foot. Many pousadas offer transportation service to and from the village
The last and larger of all. It is more frequented by the riches. It is also the calmest, and ideal for who wants to flee from the crowd to enjoy some peace. There are great natural swimming poolst, with clear water and several little fishes. cheap lodging as a Hotel Praia do Encanto.


The Fort here


Fortress - The governor Diogo Luiz e Oliveira ordered the construction a fort in 1630 to guarantee the safety of the island from possible battles. The cannal had a great strategic importance, and they took advantage of it


What a beautiful view! 

In 1728, the Count of Sabugosa decided to renovate the fort to face the evil French Villegaignon. Now, it is the entrance door of Morro de São Paulo and it still is a beautiful construction.

The Lighthouse


Lighthouse - it was built in 1855, it is the most cool observatory of the place, and it was already part of the defensive group of the Island for having a wide vision of the roundness. It is a great view. Inside Morro de Sao Paulo: Local Walks

While in Morro de São Paulo, try to climb the hill to the lighthouse. From there you'll get a beautiful view of the village and its beaches. And go also to the old portuguese fortress. Next to it there's an unbelievable natural swimming pool. The paths to both places start near the Portaló, an old stone arch located next to Morro's pier.


Town Nightlife Bar and Restaurants


Town - it is at the town, on top of the hill, where the night begins. She is cut out by only 2 main streets, and for that not even a blind one could get lost there. It has several restaurants, bars, lodgings and all kinds of infrastructure necessary for the tourist. Morro's main street had changed, too. Where there once had been a handful of candlelit restaurants serving fried fish, there were now two dozen, huddled together, stacked on top of each other--creperies and pizzerias with high ceilings and flaming-orange walls; Internet cafés selling art and art galleries offering Internet service; boutiques stocked with crocheted bikinis, diaphanous skirts, and T-shirts that commanded no stress, and beneath, in small letters, morro de são paulo.

Food and Eating Out in Morro de Sao Paulo


A great restaurant on the island is Praia do Encanto. It is located on the Praia do Encanto beach Hotel. The service is great, the food is spectacular, and the prices are very reasonable. To get there, take the hotel bus on the second beach and enjoy.

How to get there 

By boat: Leaving from Salvador, take a fast motorboat (2 hours), or a slow boat (2:30 hours), at "Mercado Modelo". It costs R$ 50 (USD 25, more or less.
By airplane: 20 minutes of flight, leaving the international airport of Salvador landing in "Fazenda Caiera" or in a landing track after the Fourth Beach.and costs R$ 185 (about USD 95).
Car or Bus: go by car to Valencia and, there, take a fast motorboat (30 minutes), or slow boat (1 hour) to Morro de Sao Paulo.

The course of boat from Mercado Modelo to Bom Despacho, bus from Bom Despacho to Valença and boat from Valença to Morro de São Paulo take more time (about 4 hours) but it is cheaper and won't make you too sick than the straight course of fast motorboat or catamaran from the Mercado Modelo to Morro de São Paulo (about 2 hours).


Morro de São Paulo Things to Do

Beaches, Villages, Towns, and Etc. Within Range of Morro de Sao Pulo 

Boipeba Island

Getting Out of Town: Morro de Sao Paulo Small Island Excursions and Alternatives

A very interesting daily trip from Morro is going by boat to Boipeba Island. There you'll find a nice natural swimming pool called Morerê, in which you can snorkel, beautiful beaches, such as Tassimirim (considered one of Brazil's 10 best beaches, according to Guia 4 Rodas) and good, reasonably-priced restaurants at Boca da Barra beach. The return to Morro is done through the mangrove swamps of the Rio do Inferno. Some tours also stop at Cairu, a little village that has one of Brazil's oldest churches.


African Americans in Morro de Sao Paulo

Every year, many African Americans travel to Salvador to learn about the many African traditions that are still in existence there. Seldom do they venture outside of the city to explore other parts of the state of Bahia. There is so much more waiting for them to see in Bahia.
One particular place is the island of Morro de Sao Paulo. It can best be described as paradise. It is a very small island. The island consists of four beaches and each one is generally within walking distance of the other. You can relax on the beach, horseback ride, kayak, and snorkel. It is safe to walk around late at night. There are many restaurants and the prices are fairly reasonable.
There is one interesting thing about Morro de Sao Paulo. Cars are not allowed on the island. You can arrange to have someone put your luggage in a cart and transport it to your hotel. Some hotels, like the ones at the fourth beach, require a tractor to get the hotel. It makes for an interesting ride.

If you are traveling to Salvador, please consider extending your trip so that you can see the beautiful island paradise of Morro de Sao Paulo.

Morro de Sao Paulo Climate: Weather rainfall and temperature data 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Max �C/�F 33/91 33/93 32/90 31/87 28/82 27/81 27/81 28/82 27/81 29/84 31/87 32/89 30/86
Min �C/�F 23/74 24/75 23/74 22/71 19/67 18/65 18/64 18/65 19/66 20/68 22/71 22/72 21/69


135/5.3 124/4.9 134/5.3 109/4.3 78/3.1 52/2.1 45/1.8 46/1.8 62/2.4 82/3.2 100/4.0 137/5.4 1104/43.5



Morro de Sao Paulo Tips 

1. There are cell phone signal and several public phones.
2. There are no bank agencies.
3. Many places accept credit card, but you must bring cash.
4. You have to pay a maintenance tax when arrive, so keep about R$6,50 in cash for that expense.
5. Try a drink called "caipirinha", it is the mixture of "cachaça" with some fruits.
6. If you are short of money, camp at the Second Beach, the camping is near where nightlife happens.
7. If you have diving equipment, bring it; it makes necessary there.
8. Trousers and trainers are a waste of space in your bag, just bring shorts and slippers.
9. There are banks in Valença: Banco do Brazil, Caixa Econômica Federal e Bradesco however there is no day and night agency.
10. There are many foreigners there.
11. One of the best times for going is after the Carnival, when the city is full and the night is great. It is the famous "Ressaca de Morro" (Morro Hangover).
12. "Without any doubt it's one of the most beautiful places to be visited. In spite of the distance, you are not isolated, you can communicate with the world by e-mail in internet stores.
15. "Morro is really very beautiful! The sunset at the Fort is one of the most beautiful
16." There are very pleasant and cheap lodgings, Good place to stay as lodging. The local guides offer good boat trips or walks.

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