The most photogenic waterfront in the northeast is in Maceió. Most visitors, however, only see the urban beaches when leaving the hotel and returning in the late afternoon: to the north and south there are even more beautiful beaches, and with better bathing.
After a day of walking, Maceió welcomes you with the most varied collection of restaurants you will find in a capital of its size.
From native sururu to Peruvian food, Maceió’s table is as appetizing as its beaches.
When to go to Maceió Brazil
Summer is also when the beautiful urban beach of Ponta Verde offers swimming facilities.
Reveillon in Maceió: New Year’s Eve is very busy, with at least two very productive mega-festivals. It is possible to buy tickets close to the day, at hotel outlets.
Carnivals in Maceió: In January, the city’s elite move to Barra de São Miguel, 30 km south, where the region’s street carnival is also held.
The best São João is in the historic town of Marechal Deodoro, 20 km south.
How to get to Maceió?
Maceió is connected by direct flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife and Aracaju.
From other cities it is necessary to make the connection in one of these cities (in most cases, São Paulo or Salvador).
São Miguel dos Milagres is 100 km north: exit the highway just after São Luís do Quitunde.
Maragogi is 130 km away, the trip takes between two hours and two and a half hours, due to the heavy traffic from Maceió to Paripueira and the curves of the mountains in the interior.
BR 101 connects Maceió to Aracaju (285 km south). Even after completing its duplication, the most beautiful road will still be the coastal AL 101 South, which allows entry into several. (To reach Sergipe, take the ferry from Penedo to Neópolis).
Where to stay in Maceió Br
The Pajuçara waterfront is the address of most of the hotels and apartments for season em Maceió and around the city – and trade aimed at tourists, including craft fairs. Booking Maceió:
The most interesting neighborhood is Maceió Ponta Verde, neighboring Pajuçara. There you will find the most beautiful beach and you will feel in a more residential and less touristic spot.
The other important hotel of the city is Jatiúca, where you will find the hotels with the largest structure.
The waterfront has tapioqueiras and even forró (but the sea is never in bathing conditions).
To stay on the beach outside the city, choose between the seaside resorts of Pratagi and Ipioca (20 and 30 km to the north) and the hotels of Barra de São Miguel (30 km to the south).
See a detailed dossier of beaches, hotels and restaurants in Maceió here.
What to do in Maceió Brazil?
Rent a car. But when you are lazy, take the beach in Ponta Verde, in tents like Lopana and Canoa.
If you go to the north coast (we recommend going to Hibiscus, in Ipioca), have lunch in one of the restaurants in Altos de Ipioca.
Returning from the south coast (Barra de São Miguel is the hottest), the obligatory stop is at the restaurants by the Massagüeira canal.
It may not be recommended to return to Maragogi: it is too much to do (Paripueira is closer).
The trip to the mouth of the São Francisco river is more comfortable when you sleep in Penedo.
Maceió, beach by beach (including hotels and restaurants)
Alagoas has the most beautiful coastline in the northeast. Numerous stretches of the coast are protected by reefs that make the sea calm.
The waters are usually blue or greenish, even in winter.
Urban beaches of Maceió
Pajuçara Beaches, the best beach in Maceio
Loaded with traditional rafts leading to natural pools at low tide for decades, Pajuçara is the most popular beach in downtown Maceió.
As the city’s largest hotel structure is there, it is also the closest beach to most tourists.
Top Maceió tourism: if you stay in Pajuçara, invest in a ten minute walk along the avenue to stay in Ponta Verde, where there are two very good tents, Lopana and Kanoa.
The natural pool at Pajuçara has been robbed – it hasn’t been very clear in years. Only for those who like rafting.
Hotels Booking nearby: Hotel Brisa Suites (formerly Radisson), Best Western Premier Maceió, Ibis, the Neo floor and a handful of other hotels.
Apartments: Beira Mar da Pajuçara Maceió,
After the beach: the Swedish Wisdom is a good kilo; the Bali, the best ice cream parlor in town.
Maceió what to do in Ponta Verde (Pajuçara side)
The most beautiful part of downtown Maceió is located in this corner of Ponta Verde between the pontal and Pajuçara. The coastal avenue is more landscaped and decorated with coconut trees.
Ponta Verde (Jatiúca side)
The «upper» side of Ponta Verde has a more recent urbanization, and less landscaped, than the Pajuçara side.
The strip of sand is wider and low tide brings beautiful shades of baby blue and light green. The area is not as susceptible to sargasso as Jatiúca, but it can happen.
It is the newest neighborhood in the central edge; it was occupied later precisely because its beach is not protected by reefs, like the others.
In addition, it is susceptible to the appearance of sergeants. It is a good beach to escape the muvuca without leaving the city.
Before entering the water, however, make sure that the sea is appropriate; this is a stretch that is usually inappropriate even in summer.
Maceio beaches and Cruz do Alma
With waves and often cloudy sea, this beach on the northern edge of Maceió is of interest only to surfers.
Take advantage of the fact that you are already close to the exit and enjoy the northern beaches.
North coast beaches
It is the first beach to the north and has many summer houses of good standard. The sea is not a swimming pool, but it is not dangerous either.
For a long time the Bar Brasil, a well structured tent, was a meeting point for people of all ages.
I haven’t been there in a while, I don’t know what it’s like. But I think Guaxuma is still a good option for those who want to get out of the city but not very……
Beaches of Ipioca
Another of the beautiful beaches to see in Maceio, and in its 5 km of extension, hides some of the most beautiful coves of Alagoas. It even hides: the road passes relatively far from the coast, and it is difficult to access the beach.
There is a village by the sea, but it is confusing, with narrow dirt roads; entering it does not make the stranger feel comfortable.
Visit the beaches of Tabuba
The last beach before Barra de Santo Antônio, was recalled by Silvana Chamusca (from Vila Chamusca) in a comment box.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been there, and every time I’ve been there, I’ve had unfavorable weather for photos.
But I remember it was fairly easy to get to the shopping area, which used to be rustic. It can be a great alternative for weekends and holidays in Hibiscus.
- Distance from Maceió: Tabuba is 35 km from the Jatiúca exit.
- Combine with: excursions to the Carro Quebrado, in Barra de Santo Antônio (the cliffs are beautiful, but the beach has cloudy waters, so not worth staying), or to the natural pools of Paripueira (the town beach is not that kind of thing).
- After the beach: consider all the restaurants listed in the Ipioca topic, above.
South Coast Beaches
It is the best known, and also the most crowded. Its fame began in the 80’s, when there was only a coconut tree and a small tent.
Today the entire stretch of beach in front of the reef-protected area is occupied by two-story tents.
The right side of the beach, of wild sea, is in an environmental protection zone, but still turned into a quad circuit.
- Distance to Maceió: 20 km.
- After the beach: lunch by the Massagüeira canal, at the Bar do Pato or at one of its neighbors.
Maceió Alagoas and Barra de São Miguel
With the activities in Maceió, at low tide, you can enjoy the tastiest sea bathing in Alagoas. The reef-protected stretch is long and forms a tank wide and deep enough for swimming, snorkeling and playing.
From the right end of the beach, at the mouth of the Niquim River, there are speedboats that simply take you to Gunga beach or to the mouth of the Retiro lagoon or to the natural pools in the middle of the sea (at low tide).
- Distance to Maceió: 32 km.
- Maceió all inclusive hotels nearby: there is a hotel on the protected stretch of the beach: the Village Barra (choose the luxury apartments to stay in the new building). On the left side of the beach, next to the environmental protection zone, but on an unprotected stretch of sea (and therefore even without muvuca), is Kenoa, one of the most charming and sophisticated beach hotels in Brazil.
- After the beach: book a lunch (reservations are a must) at the Kenoa restaurant. Or have lunch on the Massagüeira canal, on the way back to Maceió, at Bar do Pato or one of its neighbors. In January (and only in January), behind the Village Hotel, on the banks of the Niquim River, there is a food and entertainment court, the Villa Niquim.
Another of the things to do in Maceió is to enjoy Gunga beach, which shares with the Galés de Maragogi the first place in the list of the most desired tours by tourists who buy packages to Maceió.
The fame is justified: the Gunga is in a point dominated by an immense grove of coconut trees; one side is bathed by the mouth of Lagoa do Retiro; the other is in the open sea.
The property is private and access is controlled. Nearby there are natural pools that form at low tide.
- Distance from Maceió: 37 km by road, or 32 km to Barra de São Miguel + boat. Going by road is necessary to pass through the sieve of the porter’s employee.
- Nearby hotels: At the top of the cliffs overlooking the lagoon of Roteiro there is a bungalow hotel, the Gungaporanga.
- After the beach: lunch at the Massagüeira canal, at the Bar do Pato or at one of its neighbors.
In addition to the beaches of Maceió Brasil, the Marapé Dunes (formerly called Duas Barras) are a stretch of beach that can only be reached by crossing the Jequiá River by boat.
The crossing costs R$ 35 and serves as a ticket to the receptive tourism structure and entitles you to lunch (buffet) at the restaurant. There are buggy and quad rides on site.
Most tourists arrive in the operators’ buses or in vans that they bring on their own.
The joke: not every day they are open. Catch number 2: the place has no website.
But the tour agents who approach tourists at Pajuçara beach always know the days of operation in each season.
- Distance to Maceió Brazil: 60 km.
Lagoa do Pau, Pontal do Coruripe, Pontal do Peba
Those who enjoy rustic beaches without traces of organized tourism can be found on the beaches of the southern tip of Alagoas.
Because of the distance, I don’t think it’s appropriate to go back (facing 85 km after the beach to return, with so many beautiful beaches near Maceió, that’s a dose), but they are useful on a trip between Alagoas and Sergipe – and also form a dedicated mini-trip to Foz do São Francisco and the historic town of Penedo.
Pontal do Peba is a hard sand beach, located just before the dunes that mark the mouth of the São Francisco River.
It is not a beautiful beach, but the constant winds bring windcar (sailboat) riders. If this is not your case, pass by.
- Distances from Maceió: Lagoa do Pau is 75 km away, Pontal do Coruripe 85 km, Pontal do Peba 110 km.
- Combines with: stay overnight in the region for a leisurely walk to the mouth of the São Francisco River (from Piaçabuçu, 120 km from Maceió) and visit the historic town of Penedo (140 km from Maceió).
- Hotels in the region: do not expect luxury. In Pontal do Coruripe, stay at Pousada Paradise. Also consider the Chez Julie, in Pontal do Peba. In Penedo, stay at the Hotel São Francisco.
What to do in Maceió at night
- Visit the Pajuçara Handicraft Fair in Maceió …
- Dinner at a restaurant in Maceió …
- Enjoy the night strolling through the most crowded neighborhoods of Maceio …
- Enjoy the night at the kiosks on the beach of Maceio …
- Taste delicious snacks in Maceió’s bars…
3 Thematic pubs in Maceió that you must visit
The Porteño pub Maceió
The pub was founded by an Argentine family who came to live in Brazil, and operates where there used to be a house, so it already brings that atmosphere of «chatting and drinking in the courtyard of a friend’s house».
It has a simple decoration, with a Latin touch, sprinkled with Latin music, and all this composition makes it very nice and cozy.
Lord Nelson Bars Maceió
Like the other two pubs mentioned above, Lorde is also a «newborn», but with a proposal a little different from those presented by the other places, although they are similar in parts.
It is an environment to gather friends and really immerse yourself in the universe of your favorite series, with very good music and a pleasant atmosphere.
The Pub is very cozy, has low light, the decor is composed of several environments, where each one honors a specific series.
What is the best beach in Maceió?
- Urban beaches of Maceió
- French Beach.
- Gunga Beach.
- Beach of the Dunes of Marapé
- Paripueira Beach.
- Praia do Carro Quebrado Beach.
- São Miguel dos Milagres Beach.
- Patacho Beach.
Where is the best beach to stay in Maceió?
Where to stay in Maceió
Together, the districts of Pajuçara, Ponta Verde and Jatiúca gather most of the hotels and inns of the capital of Alagoas …
In Pajuçara, a great neighborhood to stay and that always has movement on the beach, there is the Handicraft Fair and the departure of the rafts to the natural pools of Pajuçara.
Where to go in Maceió when it rains?
What to do in Maceió when it rains: excursions, bars and restaurants
Start the day with a good breakfast. …
Taste the best sun-dried meat in Maceió …
The best shrimp dumpling in Maceió …
Tour the architecture of the Maceió Cathedral …
Visit the Pajuçara Handicraft Fair …
Enjoy the nightlife of Maceió
Maceió weather in May
Weather in Maceió – jardim da saúde, Maceió – Alagoas, Brazil: The weather is firmest between September and March. The most rainy months are May and June.
The sea is beautiful all year round, but becomes clearer in the last and first months of the year.
- Distance from Recife to Maceio: 4 h 1 min (256.8 km) by Rod. Gov. Mário Covas and BR-101
Rent a car in Maceio: click here
Distance from Maceió to Natal: 7 h 42 min (541.3 km) by BR-101
Distance from Maceió to Minas Gerais: 1,264 km (1,264 miles)