Tambau is the liveliest beach area in Joao Pessoa, where you can go the beach during the day and to the baracas (bahamas for example) to dance forro at night. There is also a handicraft market nearby where you can buy hamacs, t-shirts and sample some local food.
As mentioned, Joao Pessoa is Brazilian's third-oldest city and has a number of beautiful colonial buildings in the Centro Historico. It is not comparable to nearby Olinda but still worth visiting before going back to the beach (whic is the reason why you came to Joao Pessoa after all)
You join the small boats to anquer on the reefs offshore , the are loaded with drinks, and when you get to the lowtide pools, everybody jumps into the water, Steps on whatever is there, Enjoying their trip, waching what's left of the reef environment, and after returning to the boat. It is a true everyweekend party, and very amusing!
Dont expect any kind of natural ecological trip! This is pure fun!
I dont recommend it to anyone who are invironmentaly concerned!
João Pessoa is the third eldest city in Brazil, and of course it still keep a huge barroc and colonial heritage such as very old monuments and buildings, and one of its great historical treasure is the convent of Saint Francis of Assis, built in 1592 and finished in 1763.
You will see many samples of our beautiful barroc heritage!
And the church is located in the old part of the city!
The painting can be found in the ceiling, and this is Saint Francis emerging from the fire in a impressive charriot.
There is a huge bus station in this area of the city centre. Lots of bus stop and some bars in the charming square of the Parque Solon de Lucena.
You can find typical food there!
The famous Tambiá Shopping Center is quite close to this neighborhood!
First week of June - 2005
Ponta do Seixas is a little hill that marks the fareastern point of Brazil close to Africa, and down to the hill you can find this lovely beach. Unfortunately I was not prepared to go to the ebach, but I wanted to see local life in this neighborhood and I found out such a paradise!
I just had a nice coconut water and a local spirit called PAU DENTRO, which translation stops me from telling what it is, hahahaha :)
June 16th, 2005
João Pessoa is amazingly green, this is one of the oasis in the so often dry lands of the north-east part of Brazil. It rains a lot in the winter but I am quite lucky to get so many great sunny days. The city centre is full of trees and you can find this pleasant lagoon right in the busy part of downtown, the surroundings has many bars with very good local food. Lots of bus stop everywhere make this place a very interesting point for you to observe people's bahavior, and here they are very interesting!
June 16th, 2005
You can buy coconuts along the beach.The water (milk) is delicious and you can also eat the inside of the coconut. This coconut seller is next to Tambau Hotel, which is a big hotel with its back inside the water of the sea.
Next to Cabedelo Town, there is a small town called Forte Velho. You can go there by car from João Pessoa, but it will take you more than one hour and thirty minutes. You can go there by boat too, or by...bus-boat. It is a real bus , but with no wheels or tyres.
It is a wonderful place to sit at a bar and see the sunset. They play "Ravel's Bolero" everyday here while the sun is setting. It is also a good place for jet skiing or sailing. A Sunday afternoon here is usually lively.
The statues are here to pay homage to Joao Pessoa, a former president of Brazil. He was born in this town which was called Parayba do Norte before. After the president's death, Parayba do Norte changed the name to Joao Pessoa.
This fortress in in a small town, 20km from Joao pessoa,in fact you can go along the beach or along a good road, it is a very short trip. The fortress was built by the Portuguese around 1586 and it is called Santa Catarina Fortress.
Tambaba Beach is not only a beautiful beach but a nudism beach. There are two parts:
The first part you have to wear clothes and the second part you have to be naked, completely naked. It is up to you...
It is still small compared to the others capitals, with fewer turistic appeal what makes one of the best places to go and enjoy the area.
Jacare, on the northcoast of Joao Pessoa, boasts a beautiful sunset over the river which each night is accompagnied by a saxophonist playing Ravel's Bolero. Cheesy or romantic: you decide!