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Pipa Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Pipa vacation


alecram5
Pipa's shops 5 stars
The main road is called Avenida dos Golfinhos. There are lots of restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping areas, etc. in this area. There is one for every budget, some are cool and trendy and some very simple, but most of them are pretty good.
The shops I found most interesting were two small ones that carry quality handicrafts made by locals with local materials. They are far along the road (going North). They are easy to recognize because of the natural materials in all of their products. You can find anything from jewelry made with copper to wooden lamps delicately crafted.
They also have lots of musical instruments. If you are a musician like me you will want to take them all! There are small drums, djembes, jecares and other local instruments beautifully crafted. Prices are pretty fair and I believe it is a good option, especially if you don’t have the chance to shop in a bigger city.


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alecram5
Pipa Ecological Sanctuary II 5 stars
I would recommend you to visit this place, even if it’s only to take a glimpse at the incredible view from one of its viewpoints. There are several of these on the path along the coast but the most amazing one is the one that looks onto Golfinhos. I stayed there for about 40 minutes and the view was worth it (I regret not having my camera with me!). I even saw a small group of dolphins on the ocean which made the experience truly unique.
I got very lucky during my visit since I also got a glimpse of a sea turtle in the ocean from one of the viewpoints. I believe most people get to see them. You only need to be very patient!


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alecram5
Pipa's Ecological Sanctuary 4 stars
On the road to praia dos Golfinhos and Praia dos Madeiros there is a small ecological sanctuary. You can visit it for a small fee. There are a few easy paths you can take in one visit. The vegetation is dense enough to provide shade everywhere, and it keeps the temperature a bit cooler than in the beach.
There is really nothing amazing here, except maybe for the view of groups of titi monkeys which gather on the top of the trees. The variety of plants is not so exceptional. There is also a museum with a collection of local fauna including turtles and dolphins. This could be a good option of you want to stay away from the beach for a few hours.


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alecram5
Praia dos Golfinhos and Praia dos Madeiros II 4 stars
These beaches are both very long and excellent for long walks along the shore. The ocean is a bit calmer in this area. In Madeiros there are a couple of nice restaurants and bars. There are more families with little children in this beach. There is a shaded area provided by tall trees on the top of the cliffs. In Golfinhos there is almost no shade, as there’s no vegetation and you’ll need to take your own food and drinks since there are no bars or stands here.
One of the most interesting things you’ll see while walking along the shore are the weird sand formations on the cliffs. The sandy soil has a variety of colors ranging from red and orange to brown and yellow. It’s like walking along an endless natural piece of art that surprises you as you move ahead.


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Praia dos Golfinhos and Praia dos Madeiros. 4 stars
. You need to take a bus from downtown to get here. You go down long stairs to reach Madeiros, and can only access Golfinhos from there. You also need to watch out for the tides to visit Golfinhos, since you need to go through a rocky area which is covered by the ocean during high tide (You can get a brochure where tide schedules are made clear for any given day)
Getting there was a bit confusing. When I took the bus I told the driver I wanted to go to Praia dos Madeiros and they told me to descend at Praia del Golfinhos (where there is no way to get to the beach directly) I asked some locals I they didn’t seem to know the exact location of each of these beaches.


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Praia do Amor (Love beach) 4 stars
Before you reach the end of the road in the South part of town, there is a small road to the left to take you to Praia do Amor. You need to walk some 10 minutes to get to the beach from there. Like in the other beaches in Pipa, you need to go down a cliff to get to the beach. The view from here is astounding, with the reddish soil contrasting the blue ocean. It is a perfect spot for sunsets.
It’s good to get to this beach as early as possible since it is not very big and it becomes crowded later in the morning and unlike other beaches in the area, there is limited space. This is where most surfers come. There is even a surf school and there’s also a bar and restaurant with beach chairs. It is a very colorful beach, there are a few people selling handicraft and nice music to listen to.
The sea is pretty rough and you need to be careful with rocks when entering the ocean. If you get there in the afternoon you can get even get some shaded areas.


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alecram5
Praia da Pipa town 5 stars
While visiting other beaches in Northern Brazil, almost every Brazilian I met would ask me “Have you been to Pipa yet?” I planned my trip travelling from Porto de Galinhas to the South, but as I reached Praia do Frances, I’d heard this question so many times that I decided to give a chance to Pipa. I jumped on a bus again to travel North.
Pipa was no doubt the coolest beach destination I visited during my trip to Brazil. I had no regrets of having backtracked hundreds of kilometers to visit it. One of the things that makes it so different and special is its cliffs. You need to go down the cliffs to access the beach, but while you are on top you get fantastic views of the ocean.
There are also lots of nice shops and trendy restaurants and bars. It’s a laid back atmosphere. There is surfing and partying at night as well. One good spot for live music is a bar on the way to Praia do Amor called Tortuga.


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