João Pessoa Travel Guide

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João Pessoa Things to Do

  • Best city at northeast of Brazil

    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.

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  • Jacare

    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!

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  • Tambau

    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.

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  • Centro Historico

    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)

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  • Festas na pisquinas

    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...

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  • THE CONVENT SÃO FRANCISCO DE ASSIS

    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...

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João Pessoa Restaurants

  • Rodizio (churrascuria)

    I came here and ate churrasco for my first time in Brazil. I had Brazilian bbq at my travel companion's house, but never rodizio style at a restaurant, until this time. The spread of side dishes at the salad bar was of corn, salad, beans, farofa, kale, hard boiled eggs, heart of palm and other cold dishes. The main attraction is an assortment of...

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  • Rustic and delicious

    This restaurant is located by the beach at Av. Cabo Branco in front of the Litoral Hotel.Very simple but clean and serve excellent seafood. The waiters are very nice and the onwer is always there to guarantee the excellence of their services. The prices are great, not expensive at all. You can find a great meal for U$ 15 dollars in a plate big...

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  • One of the best restaurants.

    The restaurant is open from morning to night. You can have a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner here.As they open very early in the morning, they close early too. By 10:00 p.m., they say good night! I can't say which my favourite dish is...because they are all my favourite dishes...but ok, try "pão de macaxeira"(macaxeira bread), with juice or...

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João Pessoa Nightlife

  • Live Music everynight

    Bikinis Beach Bar located in Cabo Branco on the beach is OPEN 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. This bar has live music every night and very friendly staff - The owner is a American and is there most nights. Safe and secure neighborhood. Have a great time and meet local Brazilians and have lots of fun. Good food and Ice cold beer. Anything from...

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  • Exotic food: Tapioca

    At night, next to the bars, you can see these women and their "Tapioca", which is a typical food made of flour. The clothes of the woman are similar to the ones the slaves wore more than 150 years ago. Special clothes?here? from swimming trunks to jeans...they are all ok.

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  • enjoy the night

    There is a place where you can dance and play bingo. ..it is in Tambau. You can wear informal clothes, but not too informal.

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João Pessoa Transportation

  • by tassgomes Written Mar 21, 2012

    To get a bus in João Pessoa is pretty easy. For tourists that wants to go to the beach, there are plenty of them. For example, if you want to go to Cabo Branco's beach and/or visit Estação Ciências, you can catch the bus 507 Cabo Branco and/or 507 Cabo Branco with a little board with the name Estação Ciências (you can also visit Farol de Cabo Branco by taking this bus) just ask for the right bus stop if you want to practice your portuguese and/or have it written down in a piece of paper.

    Cabo Branco's bus also pass through Tambaú's beach. So you can meet two beaches just by getting in one bus. And also cabo Branco's bus can take you downtown. You can drop at Lagoa if you intend to walk around the city and/or at Integração if you're going to visit another city around João Pessoa, like Bananeiras, Campina Grande etc. Meaning: we have to buses stations here. One for going around João Pessoa's city and other to go to cities around João Pessoa, like Campina Grande, Bananeiras, Souza (it used to have a dinosaur park there).

    Bus costs R$ 2,20 now.

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João Pessoa Shopping

  • Casa do Artista Popular

    Here you can find samples of all Paraiba´s craftwork, moe than 1000 pieces of art. Really worhted visiting! Paraibas artcraft. Openning time: Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sundays: 10 am to 6pm

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  • Craftworks

    You can buy craftworks here or just walk around and eat local food. The prices are different from a product to another, from 3 dollars to 100 dollars.

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  • Shopping centers

    There are not many shopping centers in town, but the biggest one is Manaira Shopping center. There are restaurants, cinemas and a lot of shops.

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João Pessoa Local Customs

  • YES IT IS TRUE

    A place like that would never be seen in Canada, in the USA and also in Europe, but in the far endings of Brazil you can perfectly see such an exotic fair just like this one I saw in a city not so far from João Pessoa.I was in Pedras de Fogo and had lots of fun in a local fair which divides two states of the Republic, Paraiba and Pernambuco.There...

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  • São João festival

    São joão (Saint John) is a traditional festival, mainly in the North-east of Brazil. We have a 2-day-holyday and people dance a lt, eat regional food such as corn, "canjica", "pamonha", all made from corn. We have beautiful bonfires and music. Here, you can see children dancing at a school.

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  • Strange names for bars!

    Sometimes you can find small bars with horrible names...well, let me translate these names:The first one is"Barraca do pau mole", it means: "listless dick hut" and the next one: "Barraca do pau duro" , meaning: " Hard dick hut"

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João Pessoa Warnings and Dangers

  • Is there a mayor round here?

    No, it is not the moon with its beautiful craters, it is Joao Pessoa and its mayor. Ok, it has always been like this but now it is worse. If you rent a car here, please try to understand that having a puncture is the easiest thing round here.

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  • Has anyone seen the mayor???

    When driving in João Pessoa, take care: there are holes in almost every street and roads. This road here links the main shopping centre to a big supermarket...is it possible to drive relaxed here?

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  • João Pessoa Hotels

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João Pessoa What to Pack

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    by FrediKesselring Written Jun 9, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is usually hot, so bring shorts and sleeveless T-shirt. Swimming trunks are usefull too.

    Miscellaneous: Please, do not forget your suncream, the sun is really strong here. Do not ever sunbathe without protection.

    Manaira Beach
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João Pessoa Off The Beaten Path

  • Lajedo do Pai Mateus

    But...why is the name of this place "Father Mateus Rocks"? A long time ago, there lived a hermit called...Pai Mateus (Father Mateus). He used to live in this cave. Our guide said people used to come to be blessed by him when they were sick.

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  • Try to see a manatee

    It is something about 100km far from João Pessoa, although it seems that you will never get there because the roads are horrible. Getting here, you can relax, sail -just give about R$ 10 (around 4 dollars) to a fisherman and he will take you for a short trip around on his boat). There are Peixes-boi (manatee ) ,because the place is a reserve for...

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  • Colorful stones

    In this area called the Grand Canyon you will find small castles (castelinhos) and lots of different colors of clay, clay the locals collect seperate and they make wonderfull art with it in small bottles. Like drawing pictures, wel it is not easy to describe, please see the pictures for more details.

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João Pessoa Sports & Outdoors

  • Sailing

    Sailing along the beaches is beautiful. You can also rent a boat with a guide and visit "Areia Vermelha Island", which only appears when the tide is low. (please, take a look at Must see activities, water ice-cream) There are many marinas on the beaches. The best places to rent boats with guides are Bessa Beach or Camboinha Beach.

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  • skiing / parachuting??

    It is a very funny sport...how can we call it?parachuting or skiing?Kitesurfing is the name of this sport, I didn't know but one of the members here helped me. Thanks!!

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  • Rainy season and general info

    Not to dampen your spirit but dont forget you are coming to JP at the height of the rainy season. As a general rule, it rains during the night and peters out in the morning.On the subject of websites, there is a brand new website calledwww.paraibaparadise.com which is solely devoted to everything, Joao Pessoa. It is regularly updated and the "whats...

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  • Everything you ever wanted to know about...

    I think your questions are very reasonable. It depends on where you would like to live. If you were to consult the "neighbourhoods" section of the www.paraibaparadise.com website then we would have a better idea of what you could get for you money. However, US$300 is aiming for the top end of the market.There are all sorts of packages with OI which...

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  • THE MOST FAMOUS SUNSET IN PARAIBA STATE

    A little bit far from João Pessoa, in the edge of Paraiba beach there are some bars where you an spot such a gorgeous sunset at Jacaré Beach. You can have dinner in one of the bars built on the river, the surroundings are very wild and you can here live music as well.When the sun falls down, you can even hear the Ravel's Bolero performed by a nice...

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A VERY BUSY LAGOON IN DOWNTOWN
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THE PRESERVED AREA - MAMANGUAPE
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THE RIVER AND THE SEA
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REACHING THE MAMMATTIS
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TROPICAL BEACHES EVERYWHERE!
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PARQUE SOLON DE LUCENA
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"Lagoa" (Laggon)
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A far Barroc Church- Guia Church.
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Coconut seller
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Lajedo do Pai Mateus- dangerous cactus
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Lajedo do Pai Mateus /Father Mateus Rocks
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Tambaba:nudism beach
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A bar to relax
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Boat-bus
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Water ice-cream
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"Wet" bar
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The bandstand (O coreto)
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Modern indians
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Walking masseur
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Tabatinga Beach
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Eating crabs is delicious
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Jacare beach (Alligator Beach)
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Jacare beach (Alligator Beach)
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Joao Pessoa Square
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Who carved the signs on the rock??
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Clap instead of knocking
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Fortress of Cabedelo - inside
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Cabedelo fortress
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Amem Forest
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Quiet nightlife
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Intermares Beach
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Local and exotic food
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Tambau Beach
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Excelent Sunset !
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