Maceió, the capital of the state of Alagoas, in Northeastern Brazil is located between Mundaú Lake and the Atlantic Ocean. The city has excellent infrastructure for tourism and can offer its visitors not only good hotels, but also its cultural diversity, which is reflected in its arts and crafts, cuisine and way of life.
Maceió has a tropical, hot and humid climate. The hottest months are December and January, when temperatures reach 36ºC in the shade. The lowest temperatures, with lows around 21ºC, are usually in July and August.
There is a lot to do at Maceio’s beaches. The best sightseeing experience is to take a boat out to the natural pools. There are colorful reefs off the coast of Maceio, and at low tide they turn into swimming pools. These pools are great for snorkeling and diving. Most Maceio beaches also have surfing, wind-surfing, jet skis and kite surfing. Then again, you can always just sit in the shade of a palm tree and sip a liqueur.
The northeast coast of Brazil is known for its handmade crafts. You can buy hammocks, swimwear, jewelry and other goods straight from the craftspeople who make them. This area is known especially for its intricate lacework. Maceio is also internationally known by its spa hotels.
Jaraguá- Today the Jaraguá district, an old bohemian refuge, is the reference to Alagoas’ night life. After renovating the area, the old warehouses and houses gained new colors and shapes and were transformed into bars, night clubs, show houses and restaurants. Jaraguá still conserves part of its history and stands out with the architectonic richness of its buildings and houses.
Beaches of Maceio:
Jatiúca — known for its great surfing and food, Jatiuca is also one of the prettiest urban beaches where you can enjoy the ocean without traveling far.
Ponta Verde — one of the most frequented beaches in Maceió. The reefs form natural pools and it is very common, during low tides, to see tourists bathing in these pools, especially near the lighthouse. There are some stands with live music, bars, restaurants, snack bars, and hotels.
Pajuçara — it is a calm water beach thanks to the reefs, which make it safe for swimming. Near the arts and crafts fair in Pajuçara is also where the rafts leave for the natural pools formed by coral reefs, where the tourist will find floating bars.
Cruz das Almas — is an urban beach with stands, restaurants and hotels. During the day it is a surfers’ paradise; on full moon nights, it is the ideal setting for lovers.
Sonho Verde – it´s mean «green dream”. Sonho Verde is one of Maceio’s most peaceful beaches; it’s a great place to relax and take in the sun.
Paripueira — has lots of rare and exotic sea animal life, including the endangered manatees. With rare fish, natural swimming pools, reefs and clear green water, Paripueira is a great local beach.
Pontal da Barra — is a beach that, in the past, was adorned by moving sand dunes and native palm trees. It is the stage for one of the most beautiful natural phenomena: the meeting of the Mandau lagoon with the sea.
Gunga Beach — was elected one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the country. Its white sand, framed by palm trees, moves towards the sea, uniting the São Miguel River water with the ocean.
Francês Beach - is one of the most beautiful beaches on the south coast. Its bay is formed by a reef barrier, forming a natural pool, with rich sea fauna and water ranging in color from blue turquoise to green.