São Paulo Island
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.
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.
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
"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
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.
"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
"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
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
What a beautiful
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Morro de Sao Paulo
1. There are cell phone signal and several
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
6. If you are short of money, camp at the Second Beach,
the camping is near where nightlife
7. If you have diving equipment, bring it; it makes
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"
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.
17. The best lodges! You can choose the
best hotels and pousadas on Morro de São Paulo
and book your room with us for free...with no extra
travel agency charge. Note:
If you book with a travel agency in Morro de Sao Paulo,
they charge a fee for booking.