Praia do Forte - Tamar Project, Salvador da Bahia
Everyone in Salvador was saying how lovely Praia do Forte was, in fact, they were saying it in Rio too. The travel books made it seem like a small resort town. We've got enough of those here so I wasn't completely convinced until we got there.
To ge there you'll need to take a tour from Salvador, hire a taxi for the day, or rent your own car... We rented a car.
When we pulled off the highway at the sign that advertised Praia do Forte and TAMAR I had no idea what to expect, we travelled down a winding dirt road for a while and then... there it was, this village, so remote yet charming, with thatched roofs and huts, small shops, small cafes and such. We headed for the beach first... gosh, it was lined with some of the most beautiful palm trees I've ever seen.
After alittle R&R beside the ocean we visited TAMAR, the sea turtle project. Very cool little set up with a variety of sea turtles and sea life to observe and even TOUCH at one of the many pools. Be sure to stick around for a feeding, those little guys go crazy when fed, it's cool to see.
After TAMAR we strolled the main thoroughfare of Praia do Forte, checking out the little shops, seeking out a place for dinner... There were tons of choices. We settled on a place and enjoyed more caipirinhas and a good meal. I'll write a tip on that place soon.
After dinner we found a unique ice cream shop with what seemed like a thousand flavors... and strange flavors at that! Ninon had CORN ice cream...Another unique aspect of the ice cream shop was that you served yourself from the big buckets of ice cream. I'd never seen that before!
There seemed to be a lot of cozy little pousadas in Praia do Forte, I could see how a person could stay there and vegetate for a week.... I'd definitely go back.
If you're on the Linha Verde, the coastal highway heading north, you should definately check out Praia do Forte and Projeto Tamar. Projeto Tamar is a project that is helping the turtle population in that area. There are displays, small pools, where you can see the turtles up close. The town is also cool with a lot of restaurants and street vendors.
Sipping caipirinhas on the beach after frisco ball and swimming was in top 3 of our activities in Brazil:)
we spent a couple of hours with the turtles, stingrays and colourful fish part of project Tamar. Especially the turtles were so funny and all sizes from 250kilos to tiny tiny baby ones..
At Praia do Forte there is a natural reservation for sea turtles, in charge of Tamar Project.
En Praia do Forte hay una reserva natural para tortugas marinas, a cargo del Proyecto Tamar.