To the south of town, there is a waterway network where an incoming river flows to the lagoon, separated by the sea by a narrow spit of sand. In this wetland, there are a series of small islands.
If you go south to the neighborhood of Pontal da Barra, you can easily find private boats that will take you around for a tour of the area. Rates are rather standard between the operators, but there is a little room for bartering.
For people wishing to rest and relax in a bit more luxury and privacy, some of these little islands to have lodging options.
Off of the beaches of the main area of Pajuçara, there are lots of small sail boats and their captains trying to take you out for a private tour.
They will charge you cash based on the hourly rate you agree, so if you like the feel of the wind in your face and want to get the view of the city from the water, it is always an option.
Maragogi is a two hour ride, 130 kilometers north of Maceio. It is the second most visited tourist destination in Alagaos after the state's capital. Too many tourists never see the beaches and other attractions of this region called the Coral Coast. They come off buses on day excursions and board large catamarans to see the tropical pools at what is called the Galés. If they would look to their right and left, they would realize that the beach, lagoon and reef are a single echo system waiting to be explored. It is just a matter of scheduling a few days to see this beach and its reef. Maragogi has a good infrastructure with great variety of Hotels, Inns and Guest Houses as well as a lively downtown water front. Along the Coral Coast, reached on AL 435, you will find many other almost deserted beaches with some exclusive inns (pousadas). But, Maragogi is the gateway to this region that is equidistant between Maceio and Recife.
Gunga -- this a "private beach" south of Maceio. OK, the beach isn't private (that's illegal in Brazil), but the access to the beach is! So, one must have a "license" to get to the beach. Which means, basically, you can't drive yourself. (or so we heard). There are daily excursions to this beach via many, many, tour companies for a very reasonable price per person. I think we paid 15 reals each. It's a wonderful beach with few amenities.....
All the food establishments are actually owned by the same family - so the prices are similar if not the same.
None of them take credit cards -- so travel with cash on this trip!
Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Brazil's coast, Gunga's beach enchants all visitors with its green, warm and crystalline waters and its imposing coconut trees.
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The main attractions at Maragogi are the natural pools, which are lagoons that have formed between the strips of reefs. In their calm and clear waters you can see the beauty of the marine life that lives between the corals. Visitors must help to take care of them, to ensure that these natural wonders remain intact. Remember not to throw garbage into the sea or remove any corals, as this is not allowed.
Praia do Gunga is a more secluded place and we went there by boat. I'm told that it also can be reached by car through a nearby coconut-farm. It can seem crowded, but if you walk 500 meters away from the "Restaurant" you will have no trouble finding your own little private bay! Very nice beach, but be aware of the very hot sand. The hottest sand I've ever experienced in Brazil.
Maceio is surrounded with beauiful beaches. The beaches in the city are OK, but nothing compared to some of the beaches surrounding the city. Praia do Frances is a beach both tourists and locals go to. I went there on a Sunday and it was very crowded. So if you don't like crowded beaches maybe you should stay away from this one.
If you translate the name is "Broken car"... Difficult acces but incredible view. The sand is colored...
It is located near São Gonçalo church and offers a great view of Maceio. From up there it is possible to admire Port of Maceio, Jaragua and Pajuçara beach.