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Ilha de Itaparica
Ilha de Itaparica

Ilha de Itaparica

Avenida França, s/n. Comércio, Besides Mercado Modelo, Itaparica Island, Brazil

The basics

Itaparica Island, the largest island in Brazil’s Bay of All Saints, is a popular day trip option from Salvador da Bahia. The tropical town of Mar Grande is home to bustling markets, shopping, and plenty of restaurants. Those looking for a more traditional island getaway should head to the north coast, where the beaches are scenic and the ocean views spectacular. Excursions to the island by schooner typically include free time on the island, lunch, and live samba music and caipirinhas on the way back to the mainland. Visitors can also opt for an island-hopping excursion that combines a visit to Itaparica Island with a stop at nearby Ilha dos Frades.

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Things to know before you go

  • Don’t forget to bring a beach towel, swimsuit, and plenty of sunscreen for your day on the island.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a rain poncho, as sudden downpours can occur on the island, even during the dry season.
  • The best way to get around the island is on foot or by minivan taxi (kombi), which are often waiting at the ferry dock.
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How to get there

Itaparica Island is located about six miles (10 km) from the city of Salvador. It is accessible via a one-hour ferry. Smaller boats leave from Mercado Modelo and larger ships can be found in Bom Despacho.

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When to get there

While the weather on the island tends to be hot and humid throughout the year, it’s best to visit during the dry season (September to January). June and August tend to be the wettest months in the region.

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Beaches of Itaparica Island

Visitors will find no shortage of sandy beaches on this island. Cacha Pregos Beach ranks among the most remote on the island, while the calm, shallow waters of Ponta de Areia Beach make it an excellent option for swimming. Those interesting in snorkeling or scuba diving should head to Manguinhos.

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