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Maceio, Brazil

Maceió is the capital of Alagoas, in Northeast Brazil.​

Maceió has a great coastal ambiance and stands out for its beauty - embedded in palm trees, mangroves and the bright green sea. It also has a remarkable culture, reflected in its arts and crafts, cuisine and customs. Like many places in North-east Brazil, the city has initially thrived on the sugar industry. Nowadays, it has a very good tourist infrastructure with excellent hotels and has become an important destination for national and international tourists.

Maceió has a typical tropical climate, specifically a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification: Am), with very warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and trade winds blowing from the ocean.
January is the warmest month,... Read more

Maceio, Brazil

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Maceió is the capital of Alagoas, in Northeast Brazil.​

Maceió has a great coastal ambiance and stands out for its beauty - embedded in palm trees, mangroves and the bright green sea. It also has a remarkable culture, reflected in its arts and crafts, cuisine and customs. Like many places in North-east Brazil, the city has initially thrived on the sugar industry. Nowadays, it has a very good tourist infrastructure with excellent hotels and has become an important destination for national and international tourists.

Maceió has a typical tropical climate, specifically a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification: Am), with very warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity all throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by a near absence of extreme temperatures and trade winds blowing from the ocean.
January is the warmest month, with a mean maximum of 32 °C (89.6 °F) and a minimum of 22 °C (72 °F) and more sun; July experiences the coolest temperatures, with mean maximum of 27 °C (81 °F) and a minimum of 17 °C (63 °F) and more rain and much higher humidity.


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Maceio, Brazil: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the Port of Jaraguá, next to the margins of the Mundaú lagoon. The port is situated in downtown.
Numerous stalls at the dock sell various tours.
Taxis are available.

Get around Maceio, Brazil


Taxi

Taxis are everywhere and you'll have no problem finding them.

Bus

The bus system is operated by the company "Transporte Tropical", operating in the "Aeroporto - Ponta Verde" line, which connects the airport to Ponta Verde Beach. There are no transfers though so each bus you take will require you to pay again.

Car

This is a great way to explore the nearby beaches on a day trip.

What to see in Maceio, Brazil


Museums

  • Museum of the Historical and Geografical Institute of Alagoas. Fine arts and historical objects.
  • Museum of Image and Music. Photographic, cinematographic, and sound exhibitions and archives
  • Museum of Sport.
  • Pierre Chalita Museum. Fine arts.
  • Théo Brandão Museum. Folk and primitive arts.
  • UFAL Museum of Natural History.

Natural Beauty

Approximately 140 km south from Maceió there is a very small town called Piaçabuçu, where you can get on a boat and sail through the São Francisco River and see where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. There are vans that can take you there or you can rent a car. 

  • São Gonçalo Belvedere (Mirante São Gonçalo), Praça Rosalvo Ribeiro (next to the São Gonçalo church and the lighthouse). From there, on a clear day, the old city, the harbor and the whole coastline, from Pajuçara up to Pontal da Barra, can be seen.

Beaches

Maceió is surrounded by beaches. There is no problem with finding a nice beach to relax. You can choose between those with a lot of people or empty ones.

Urban beaches

  • Cruz das Almas
  • Jatiúca
  • Pajuçara
  • Ponta Verde
  • Pontal da Barra
  • Sobral

North Coast

  • Barra de Santo Antônio
  • Carro Quebrado Beach
  • Croa Island
  • Tabuba Beach

South Coast

  • Barra de São Miguel
  • Francês
  • Gunga

What to do in Maceio, Brazil


  • Surfing and bodyboarding are popular in Maceió. The waves are safe and there are no sharks to worry about. There are also no dangerous reefs to worry about. The best place to go surfing near Maceió is at Frances beach. Waves aren't the best in Alagoas; sometimes there are good waves, but that isn't very consistent. There are also many low priced resorts you can stay at for the weekend or for months at a time.
  • Watch the sunset from Avenida da Paz.
  • Snorkeling in Ponta Verde beach (with low tide). Bring your own snorkel, there are no places to rent one.
  • The main tourist attraction in Maceio are the natural pools in Pajuçara. You can hire a jangada (tradition wooden sailboat) to take about one kilometer away from the shore where there's a natural shallow area. This is a good place to snorkel and there is every a restaurant boat selling food and drinks.

Concerts are very common.

What to eat and drink in Maceio, Brazil


Eat

There are many, many restaurants to choose from. The restaurants on the beaches alone will be more than enough for your stay. There are many different types of food to choose from. Fish and other seafood, a wide selection of fruits, and authentic Brazilian cuisine are very common. Make sure to try a Tapioca, a pancake made of tapioca flour that can be filled with anything from ham and cheese to chocolate. They are sold all along the beach at lunchtime.

Budget

  • Super Pizza. The most famous (and most oily) pizza in Maceio. Two places: in Iguatemi Shopping or close to the beach.
  • Other places where you can eat fast food food: Pizza Fone, Baita Pão and Passaporte Gaucho.

Mid-range

  • Massarella, R. José Pontes de Magalhães, 271 (near Jatiúca beach), ☎ +55 82 3325-6000. Italian food, pasta, pizzas.

Splurge

  • Maria Antonieta, Av. Doutor Antônio Gomes de Barros, 150, ☎ +55 82 3202-8828. Italian upscale restaurant with good wine selection.
  • Imperador dos Camarões (Shrimp´s Emperor), Travessa Antônio Gouveia, 21, ☎ +55 82 3327-5252. Local seafood options.
  • Wanchako, Rua São Francisco de Assis, 93 - Jatiúca, ☎ +55 82 3377-6024, +55 82 3311-9750, e-mail: wanchako@wanchako.com.br. Peruvian food. Highlight are the ceviches made with local fishes.

Drink

There are plenty of bars all along the beach. An area of Maceió called Jatiuca has a good bar scene. It has two famous places, Skyy nightclub and MaiKai. Another famous nightclub is Middo located in the Pajuçara section of Maceio.

Shopping in Maceio, Brazil


  • Lace (renda) - At the Pontal da Barra, near the Mundaú lagoon
  • Crafts and popular art, ☎ +55 82 223-8200. At Armazém Sebrae - Avenida da Paz, 878 (Jaraguá). Mo-Fri 10 AM to 10 PM, Sat 9 AM to 1 PM.
  • Feira de Artesanato in Pajuçara for local arts and crafts.

Safety in Maceio, Brazil


​Maceió is one of the most violent cities in Brazil, together with Recife (PE) and Vitória (ES). There are many poor people wandering around on the street and if you stop for a second, either to look at a map or admire the landscape, they will approach you asking for money. In this case, you should say no and start walking away from them, they are mostly harmless. There are fewer people begging for money in Jatiúca and Ponta Verde, but there are so many in Pajuçara that eating tapioca by the beach can become an annoying activity.

Language spoken in Maceio, Brazil


Portuguese (as in all Brazil) is the official language. If addressed in Spanish or Italian locals may be able to understand. English is not always spoken by those in contact with tourists, especially those in simple jobs.

LOCAL TIME

2:47 am
June 18, 2019
America/Fortaleza

CURRENT WEATHER

21.44 °C / 70.592 °F
moderate rain
Wed

20.68 °C/69 °F
scattered clouds
Thu

20.64 °C/69 °F
light rain
Fri

20.37 °C/69 °F
light rain
Sat

20.16 °C/68 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

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