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"That is one of the landscapes of the city."
The Indians Pataxós lived there. They stayed there for years and years without any kind of problem. Until one day, in the 18th century, when the Portuguese and the missionaries arrived with their well-known churches. The Jesuit priests decided that it was a good place for a church. "Damn it, a church on the edge of the river, close to the beach... why not? " The Indians, angry, didn't like the idea of those foreigners building that enormous hut of stone. Until an Indian said to the other: Let's fight those guys, they got here at our home, wanting to dominate us... " The Jesuits, smartly predicting that, had built tunnels that connected the Church to their houses, and with that they guaranteed some safe, in case the indians decided to push them out.
Portuguese ships and pirates came once in a while on "Rio de Contas" (River of Beads) to anchor and this led to legends of lost treasures in those waters. The town was forming and it received the name of "São Miguel da Barra do Rio de Contas", but in 1931 they decided that it was too long and that Itacaré was a better name.
"There are several trails here."
Itacaré has about 20.000 residents and the main river, that flows out on the beach of the city, is "Rio de Contas", whose nascent is located at "Chapada Diamantina". Make a boat trip for the river, going by growth of mangroves, to arrive at waterfalls like "Cleandro" and "Pnacada Grande".
"Several deserted beaches. "
The population works on fishing, coconut cultivation and tourism. The city has several lodgings and restaurants for all the pockets and tastes, buggys, cars, motorcycles and bicycles to rent. The tourists are mostly surfers who go in search of the best wave of Bahia. Several trails take to the distant beaches. Guides can be hired.
The urban beaches:
"Da Concha" (Of the Shell) - it meets the mouth of the river, it doesn't have wave and it provides a show called "encounter of the waters", caused by the ascent and descent of the tides. Several kiosks offer food during the day.
"Do Resende" (Resende's) - beach of small extension with coconut trees and no infrastructure, with average waves.
"Take a look on this view."
"Do Costa" (Costa's) - it has 500m of extension with some coconut trees, some undulation and no infrastructure.
"This is "Tiririca".
"Tiririca" - it is the most crowded beach. There is always somebody surfing. Everybody checks the sea to see if it is worthwhile. It has kiosks and once in a while happens a Luau.
"Da Ribeira" (Of the Riverside" - it is at the end of the paving stones street. It is where the stream of the Riverside ends. There are several kioskst. It is the most "family" beach, it is the starting point for the trail that takes to Prainha.
"Several streams end at the beachs."
"Engenhoca e Havaízinho" (Gadget and Little Hawaii) - rough beaches. Stop the car at the highway or inside of the farm, and follow the trail. Go barefoot. It has great waves and not much crowd.
"Prainha" (Little Beach) - it belongs to a farm, for that you need to pay to enter it. It costs 2 bucks. It doesn't have any infrastructure and only coconuts are sold. It has great waves.
"São José" - access controlled at the entrance "Vilas São José" (km 64 of BA001 highway). There is a resort there.
"Jeribucassú" - small beach with some stones and a river. The access is by trail.
Camboinhas and Itacarézinho" - they have some waves also. The two are mixed into one only beach. On the left side it is Camboinhas and on the right side, Itacarézinho. There, a stream of fresh water ends, it has kiosk and it is area of sea turtles spawning.
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Tips by GUSTAVO VIVACQUA
1. Respect the local residents and take advantage to make friends.
2. Don't miss making the boat trip on "Rio de Contas", until the waterfalls.
3. In the carnival it gets crowded, for that the best time are the months of January, February, June and July. In the winter the waves are bigger and there is some music festivals with surfing championships.
4. Bring your skateboard, when there are no waves wave, you can also go for a "down hill" on the highway, the asphalt is brand new and it has high slopes. Care for not being run over!
5. it is possible to rent surf boards there. There are also workshops to repair your surfboard.
6. Bring your diving equipment.
7. There is an extremely long wave on the mouth of Rio de Contas, but it rarely breaks.
8. There is "acarajé" at the entrance of the city, super cheap.
9. There is a woman washes your clothes at the Pituba street. It's not expensive. It costs about R$0,50 for each piece of cloth, if you take the powdered soap.
10. Between March and April happens the turtle spawning at Itacarézinho.
11. 90% of the nightlife are "forró".
12. "There is already cell phone signal in Itacaré. There is no 24 hour bank. Only "Banco do Brasil" works, with the machines for draft and control. The canoe stroll for Rio de Contas to the waterfall is a great program". tip from Ana Maria
13. "Canoe walk by "Manguezais Vermelhos" (Red Growth of mangroves) will be the ecological fever of the summer. Go to the Lodging & Bar Arcadia Miguel's Restaurant, at "Beira Rio", it is a good option to the afternoon, to go by canoe or by boat. It is close to the Port. Rafting, canoeing, rappel, are the sports of the summer" tip from Ana Maria
14. "The rafting on Rio de Contas is extraordinary. The agency "Planetaeco da Sheila e do Geu" offers the sport to the interested ones. To eat, two great tips are the "Tia Dete" and " O Restaurante". tip from Maxi
15. "Arriving in Itacaré, don't miss doing the trails to the beaches of the area. The place is formed by an Atlantic forest and it is considered Atlantic forest Biosphere Reserve, which means a rich fauna and flora. The beaches that I recommend are the one of the center of Itacaré, Resende, Tiririca, Costa and São José and the reserve's beaches: Jeribucaçu, Havaizinho, Engenhoca, Prainha and Itacarezinho. And last 3 ones have good waves. Oh, don't forget to bring money, because the beach is private, and it is collected some money for entering. For who likes waterfalls, there is the one of Tijuipe, that is close to the highway, and it is also paid. Speaking in highway, the best way of going by car to Itacaré is by taking the exit of BR-101 in ITABUNA towards "Ilhéus". In "Ilhéus" go towards "Praia do Norte" and it will lead you to Itacaré. enjoy it! "tip from Fábio Bernardi - São Paulo
16. "I don't know how couldn't you mention "Peninsula de Maraú"... it is one of the most beautiful places that I've ever seen. The beach of "Taipús de Fora" is beautiful... it is worthwhile to return there only for you to see it.. " tip from Renata
17. "Wait for a while to go to Maraú, after the rain, because the road gets "terrible", but for the jeep drivers it is ideal. "The worst, the best!! " tip from Fábio Mosa Rio de Janeiro-RJ
18."Congratulations for the site.... I was searching itacaré and I found your site.. I've been several times there, and the first ones there wasn't even asphalt tl paradise!!!! felipe janicsek!!! ps: if you want to take a look, I have about 200 pictures on itacaré in my site!! www.velys.hpg.com.br” tip from Felipe Menger Janicsek
19.”I'd like to give some tips on where to eat, because I think the site lack information on it: "peixe na brasa da Ivone", "Chimarrão Grill", "Berimbau" also known as "bobo", but I suggest the octopus fish stew and the acaraje at "tia Gil", besides the great food, nice people assisting. Finally, taste the cocoa candies of Mrs. Jaci. Congratulations for the site.” tip from Eliane
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