If you are not a surfer, then the big waves in Saquarema may not be to your liking.
So head over to the "Point", where large rocks shelter the beach, creating natural bathing pools!
This is the main church in Saquarema, perched on a large rock overlooking the sea.
Unfortunately, I don't know much about its history, but it is a simple colonial style church. It is still in use and it is not a tourist attraction - it is a place of worship. On Sundays, it is crowded with simple people come to pay their respects - the congregation spills out into the courtyard, as it is too big for the church.
If you are lucky, a young girl will be turning fifteen. In this case, she and her family will go to church, splendidly dressed, to thank Our Lady before having her coming out party.
Around the back is the cemitary, which you can also visit. At night, there might be macumba rituals in the graveyard - it is not Satanic but an Afro religion brought by slaves. They won't take kindly to an audience, though.
You won't be able to go in wearing shorts - women should wear skirts or pants, men should be in pants.
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Av. Oceanica, 1900, Itaúna, Saquarema, State of Rio de Janeiro, 28990-000, Brazil
Good for: Solo
Rua dos Robalos 95 - itauna, Saquarema, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Av. Oceanica n0 165, Saquarema, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Good for: Couples
This is a simple (but very large) restaurant by the beach. Don't be put off by the size and comercial look - the fish is great! If you don't like sea food, they also serve good steaks. Try the local variations such as Oswaldo Aranha (with rice and fried manioc flour) or Frango a cubana (chicken breast fried in batter, server with fries and fried bananas) or California (the same as cubana but with fruit).
The view from the balcony is great - you can see all the way down the beach and the church on top of the rocks. Great place to view the sunset!
Favorite Dish: Ask for cherne (a thick, flaky, mild fish) with prawn sauce and mashed potatos - it is not on the menu but they will make for you. The servings are huge, so be sure to share!
For a taste of Brazilian life away from the cities, go to one of the main square restaurants or padarias (they sell fresh bread in the morning and late afternoon, as well as serving beer, sadwiches and simple meals). It is not fancy fare or particularly confortable (a metal table and fold away chairs or, at the most, simple wooden tables) but you will sit beside the people of the town and see the movement in the square, where younger people sit around, talking and flirting. Ocasionally, someone will play music on a car stereo.
Great for seeing a slice of life!
Dress Code: Shorts and a T-shirt
During the weekend nights, the Saquarema Square is taken over by a local fair, right in front of the church. Local artisan set up displays along side plastic toys, t shirts and food stands. There are usually two or three with nice (and affordable) silver pieces.
The food stands are off to one side, with local junk food (caramel apples, hot dogs, churros, corn on the cob, acaraj? and more, with a typical Brazilian flavour!) and drinks (from soft drinks to some strong cocktails).
This is not just a tourist fair - it is the place for locals to flirt, take the kids for a treat or just sit around with some cold beer.
What to buy: Simple crafts, t shirts and beach items
What to pay: Usually, less than R$ 20.00.
Check the flags that the life guards fly before you go in the water - white means its safe, red means there are dangerous currents or waves.
The red flag is not used lightly! These are surfing beaches, so if they are up, it menas that the sea is dangerous.
Even if the flags are white, be careful with children.
There is a lot of people earning some money in Saquarema by selling marihuana and cocaine. Altough this could not be that dangerous, i think you should stay out of the business.
And there is also sometimes guys that pratice Jiu Jitsu, and their favorite sport is to mess with people, and start fights.
But of course, it also easy to stay away from these dangers, just be carefull.
If you decide to skip the beach, why not bathe in a waterfall?
The hills are covered with forest and there are many rivers which form natural waterfalls. It is usually a 20 minute hike through some pretty bad trails to reach them and then you get to soak in crystal clear, cold water!
Ask the tourist kiosk in the main square about guides, because the way is not marked.