Pernambuco
Best months:
May to October
LAST UPDATED 15/08/2008
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Raphael Lorenzeto de Abreu: Map locator of Brazil's Pernambuco state; April, 21 2006

Pernambuco is one of the 26 states of Brazil and is located in the Northeast region of the country. It has borders with the states of Paraíba and Ceará to the north, Piauí to the west, Alagoas and Bahia to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

surfing

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Leonardo Stabile: Recife, Pernambuco; 2006

Lying to the extreme NE of the continent of South America lies the Brazilian coastal state of Pernambuco. The 185 kilometres of beaches here offer a less crowded alternative to the rest of the Brazilian coast and due to the NE proximity, offer unrivaled exposure to swells from the NW through to the S. The capital Recife is a sound place to commence your odyssey here, the city offers a fine collection of beach and reef break options to get you in the mood. Travel to nearby Porto de Galinhas, Carneiros and Calhetas for less crowded quality surfing alternatives. Close proximity to the equator means the winds here are generally light, so whilst you wont have a windswell to keep you busy between swell patterns, you wont have to worry about an afternoon onshore wind popping up and ruining the party when it all starts coming together either.

where to stay

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Amazon Rainforest; OpenDemocracy; 19.05.2008

Finding a place to stay in Brazil shouldn't be too difficult - there is plenty of choice, it's more about timing really. December to January is the holiday high season and the busiest months, carnival season too (February and March) and Holy week can also be pretty booked up and prices will shoot up so if you're heading here then book in advance, especially in the bigger cities like Rio and Salvador.

Hotels are easily found throughout the whole of Brazil and are anything from multimillion dollar resorts charging a premuim per night right down to very modest and cheap pads. Do make sure you ask all the right questions when booking to make sure this hotel is the one for you as the 1-5 star system is not enforced here so quality guidelines are a little vague - do some research to avoid disappointment. During peak periods you may be required to book a minimum stay of 4 nights and have to pay the full balance up front.

Guesthouses are known as "Pousada" here and canbe found throughout most coastal towns around Brazil These are more like large houses offering a more intimate stay. Meals will be at set times of the day and menus often limited. They often also have evening curfews meaning if you're not back by a certain time you will be locked out! This option can vary in quality somewhat so it might be best to ask if you can take a look at a room before you part with any cash, or go on recommendations.

In the more remote areas you can often find ranch style accommodation in the fom of "Fazendas". these can be a real pleasant place to stay based on sleeping in barracks on the land with place to camp too. They often offer places to swim, ride, play football and do all kinds of ranchy style activities.

Motels here aren't what they should be! Here they are known as sex hotels and charge an hourly rate, it's quite discreet but be careful what you ask for!

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