Luxury holidays in Itacaré

Resting along Brazil’s equatorial east coast, you’ll find the small sleepy surf town of Itacaré abutted by Bahia’s ethereal Cocoa Coast, home to swinging golden-bellied monkeys and the Atlantic’s sultry sheltered shores. A town lost in a world of its own, where locals stroll barefoot, clad in half-zipped wetsuits, carrying well-loved surf boards down to Tiririca beach while resident fisherman barter fresh grouper to crowds along the quayside. Despite its small size, Itacaré has beaches aplenty, with busier spots off the town’s main drag and more secluded options a little further off the beaten track. If you’re willing to work for it, hike through the rainforest’s palm-lined paths to Praia Prainha, a bay circled by bucolic hills and an unspoilt coconut grove.

When to go

Courtesy of its tropical location, Itacaré enjoys warm temperatures year-round. Humidity and chance of rain is at its lowest from December to March, when the region is busiest; but if you go during July or August you might catch whale sightings off the coast of the Contas river.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest international airport is in Salvador; from there you can make a day of it and drive just over six hours along Brazil’s scenic coastline to Itacaré. Or hop on a domestic flight for 50-minutes to Ilhéus and then hail a taxi, which’ll drive you north for an hour to the town centre.
  • Automobiles

    You can rent a car from either Salvador or Ilhéus airport – a 4x4 is probably your best bet – and drive down (or up) the coast to Itacaré. Once there, a car can be handy to reach some of the more remote beaches.