I have been to hundreds of beaches around the world and in my opinion there is no doubt that the best beaches in the world are the ones in Brazil.
I am sure there will be plenty of people who think different than me and I agree that the beaches of the Philippines for instance are fantastic too but Brazil just has that little edge in my humble opinion and this is why:
The beach is the social meeting point of the city.
In Brazil the beach is not just a place where you go to swim and sun bade like in some other countries.
The beach is the center of the social scene in all cities that has a big city beach and this goes for both rich and poor.
The beach is where you go and meet your friends, play music, do sports, drink beer and hang out when you are not working.
Brazilian cities are often quite congested and because of that the beach is usually where they have the best open space so they use it to the max and I love that.
Because of that the beaches can be very crowded at weekends but it just makes it all more fun and gives the beach a real party atmosphere.
This is the thing that makes the biggest positive difference to me as I am not sun bader and I do not swim all the time when I am at the beach, so give me a good party at the beach and I am in.
There are 1095 of them.
Brazil has 7500 kilometers of coastline and according to the official brazilian beach guide there are 1095 beaches in Brazil to chose from so you can always find one for your taste.
The beaches in Brazil goes from long empty beaches away from the cities where you can walk for hours without hardly seeing anyone to wild crazy party beaches in the big cities and in the big beach resort towns.
Take your pick.
There is plenty to chose from.
On the beach we are all equal.
Brazil is a country with big social differences and you will mostly find that the rich does not mix with the poor if they can avoid it.
The beach is close to being the only place where they mix.
In Brazil there is little tradition for fencing off certain beaches for the rich so you will see that people mix on the big city beaches in Brazil, especially on sundays.
You have invisible lines on the big city beaches though but they are more decided in to what kinda interest you have.
The surfers have one part of the beach they go to, the families another, the young party crowd another, the gays another and so on.
You will not notice these invisible lines when you first go to Brazil but if you spend some weeks there you will start to notice and the brazilians will for sure know them and they can point them out to you if you are interested.
There is plenty of surf.
Many of Brazils beaches has a good surf and surfing is one of the biggest sports in Brazil and a very visible lifestyle in the country.
If you are a surfer yourself then be ware that some parts of Brazils coastline has a lot of sharks so you should always talk to the locals first to make sure that the area does not have a shark problem.
People work on the beach.
Because of the high numbers of people coming to the beaches in Brazil you will see dozens of vendors on the popular beaches selling stuff and you will have little beach bars set up on most beaches too.
On top of that you will often have people fishing from the beaches.
The people who are doing that are mostly from the lower social layers of society but have only experienced friendliness from these guys and I have gone fishing with them on a couple of occasions too.
And work out on the beach.
On the big city beaches in Brazil you will see work out areas every few hundred meters.
Brazil has a lot of body culture and the beach is very much a place where you go to see and be seen so it makes perfectly sense that they have these work out spots all over the place so they can work on their bodies while posing for the public.
And play music and party and dance dance.
The beaches in Brazil are full of music and that ranges from people bringing their own instruments to little bars blasting out new and old brazilian hits from their speakers to giant concerts being set up on the beaches every so often when a popular singer is in town.
In Brazil it’s very common that the biggest concerts are held on the beach as the beaches are often quite wide and can easily take large crowds so you can see both the most popular brazilian bands as well as big foreign names playing on the beaches in the Brazil if you are lucky to be in town at the same time as them.
Brazilians have really nice butts 🙂