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Santos, Brazil

Santos is a city in the south of the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Santos is the core city of Baixada Santista, a coastal metropolitan area with 1.6 million people, and contains the most important port in South America.

Santos is a municipality in the São Paulo state of Brazil, founded in 1546. It is partially located on the island of São Vicente which harbors both the city of Santos and the city of São Vicente, and partially on the mainland. It is the main city in Paulista Coast. Santos has the biggest seaport in Latin America; is a significant tourist center; has large industrial complexes and shipping centers, which handle most of the world's sugar exports and a large portion of the world's coffee exports; as well as a number of other Brazilian exports including oranges, bananas, and cotton. The city also displays the Coffee Museum, where, once, coffee prices were negotiated; and a football memorial,... Read more

Santos, Brazil

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Santos is a city in the south of the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Santos is the core city of Baixada Santista, a coastal metropolitan area with 1.6 million people, and contains the most important port in South America.

Santos is a municipality in the São Paulo state of Brazil, founded in 1546. It is partially located on the island of São Vicente which harbors both the city of Santos and the city of São Vicente, and partially on the mainland. It is the main city in Paulista Coast. Santos has the biggest seaport in Latin America; is a significant tourist center; has large industrial complexes and shipping centers, which handle most of the world's sugar exports and a large portion of the world's coffee exports; as well as a number of other Brazilian exports including oranges, bananas, and cotton. The city also displays the Coffee Museum, where, once, coffee prices were negotiated; and a football memorial, dedicated to the city's greatest players, amongst which is Pelé. Its beach's garden, 5.335 Km length, figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest beachfront garden.
There is tourist information on the beach garden in the center of the beach. It is the building with Mondrian walls at the big "i"-sign, The staff speaks excellent English and are very helpful.

Climate

Despite the fact that it is located just outside the tropics, Santos has a tropical rainforest climate with no real dry season. Tropical rainforest climates are typically found near the equator, so Santos featuring this type of climate is an exceptional situation. All months of the year averages more than 60 mm of rainfall during the course of the year. Santos features warm weather throughout the year, though June in Santos is somewhat cooler (and drier) than January. The average temperature in the city during the month of June is 23 °C, while the average temperature in January is 28 °C. Precipitation in Santos is appallingly copious, amounting to 2,081 mm (81.9 in) annually. Santos lies in one of the few isolated regions of Brazil outside of the tropical Amazon Basin that receive more than 2,000 mm (79 in) of total average precipitation annually, although nearby Ubatuba, approximately 140 km (87 mi) to the east-northeast, is considerably wetter than Santos, receiving an average of 2,645 mm (104.1 in) of precipitation annually. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Af" (Tropical Rainforest Climate

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Santos, Brazil: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the cruise terminal located about 1 mile from the city center and about 43.5 miles from Sao Paulo.
Cruise travelers are transported to their ships by buses.
Taxis are available.

Get around Santos, Brazil


By taxi
A good way to move around to not-so-close places. They are not very expensive and drivers are mostly friendly, although small cheats are not uncommon. To avoid it, after getting into a taxi, check if the taximeter has been started. If not, ask the taxi driver to do so.

By bus
Buses are a cheap and nice way to get around by day, although by night they become more scarce. The fare is paid either with tickets, which can be bought in most bus stops, or in cash to the driver, or conductor by passing by the turnstile. Keep an eye out for pickpockets when the bus is crowded. Many people still get wet from the sea into the bus, so have a good look if your seat is dry before you sit. Some bus stops have time tables and a map where the buses are heading to. However, the LED-displays of the buses are also good indicators on the direction. Use small change. Paper money of R$ 20 or more are not polite.

By bicycle
Bicycles are by far the best way to move around the town, and since 2012 it's possible to take one for free (bike-sharing). There are many "stations" of bicycle over all the city, especially on the beachfront. The system requires a register with a credit card (ten reais as a security deposit) at the website http://www.bikesantos.com/. Travel up to 30 minutes and with 15 minutes of break are free.

By streetcar (tramway)
There are a couple of tourist routes with early XX century streetcars downtown.

What to see in Santos, Brazil


Docks
  • Dock Museum, Av. Rodrigues Alves with Rua João Alfredo, 3233 6565. Mon-Fri 7-11 AM and 3-5 PM. This museum tells the story of what was during the 19th century the greatest coffee dock in the world. Free.  
  • Statue of the dock worker, Praça Silvério de Souza. 12-meter-high statue in homage to the labor force that endured carrying tons of coffee everyday back in times.  
Center
  • Coffee Stock Exchange, Rua XV de Novembro, 95, 3219 5585. Tue-Sun, 9 AM-6 PM. Once an active and important institution, nowadays it houses a Museum of Coffee where visitors can see the history of Coffee in Brazil. There are also some old machineries and different kinds of coffee. The building has renascentist inspiration and was reopened to the public in 1997. 
  • Monte Serrat Hill, Praça Correia de Melo, 33, 3221 5665. Right in the center of the city. On the top of the hill (157m), one can have a 360 degrees view of all Santos and adjacent cities (like Guaruja). Full of restaurants and coffee bars. If climbing is not your sport, you can take the tram. 
Beach area
  • Beachfront garden. The longest beachfront garden in the world according to the Guinness with 5335 meters long. Just go to the beach and you will find it.
  • Aquarium. Av. Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Ponta da Praia, Phone: 3236-9996. The first public aquarium in Brazil featuring hundreds of sea creatures of the Brazilian seas. Tue to Sat, 9:00 to 18:00. 
  • Church of Embare. Av. Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 32, Phone: 3227-5977. Gothic church built in 1946. Every day from 8:00 to 20:00. No admission fee.
  • Orchid Garden plus Zoobotanic garden at Praça Washington Luis at the end of Avenida General Francisco Glicério, 200 meters from the beach and 300 meters from São Vicente border. Small entrance fee. Several greenhouses full of orchids. Small local animals loose in the garden: turtles, pacas. Walk in a fenced garden with loose large birds: tucanos, macaws.
  • Benedicto Calixto Art Collecion at Bartolomeu de Gusmão Avenue, 15 (near a touristic guide place) is a beautiful mansion house with a permanent exhibition of paintings by Benedicto Calixto and an art library. Worth visiting the beautiful indoor garden.
Center East area
  • Santos Futebol Club. Rua Princesa Isabel, Phone: 3239-4000. The famous club where Pele played most of his career exhibits some glories and trophies of the past and present. Interesting only for football fanatics. From 9:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 18:00. No admission fee.

What to do in Santos, Brazil


  • People from Sao Paulo often go to Santos to lie down under the sun and enjoy the beach. Santos beaches are not the most beautiful in the Paulista Coast, but they are still popular and a good place for a walk. Once there, you may try some coconuts or buy handicrafts. If you can't find the vendors, don't worry, they will find you.
  • Walk on the XV de Novembro Street. Located in the center of Santos, the street used to be where the office s of Coffee Lords were located. The interesting colonial architecture and the many bars and Cafes around make it a pleasant walk in the ending afternoon.
  • Trams in Santos date back to 1861. You can still ride them and take a peek in all the main attractions of the center. Tours leave from Maua Square (Praça Visconde de Mauá).
  • Climb up Monte Serrat or take the funicular, nice view over Santos.
  • Double Deck tour travels along the beachfront on Saturdays and Sundays in summer, and during the rest of the year, on long holiday weekends. Departure point is near the Aquarium. A guide points out the main attractions along the route. Departures: Aquário Municipal de Santos (Neighborhood: Ponta da Praia).

What to eat and drink in Santos, Brazil


Eat

Budget
  • Beduíno - Av. Ana Costa, 466 or Av. Marechal Floriano Peixoto, 44, Phone 32841702 - Brazilian burgers and other finger foods.
  • Gotissô - Av. Saldanha da Gama, 159, Phone: 3261188O - Japanese cuisine with affordable prices, self-service system.
Mid-range
  • Cafe Paulista, Praça Rui Barbosa 8 (in Centro, close to the Coffee Bourse), ''+55 13'' 3219-5550. Nice old cafe from 1931 where the coffee bosses used to hang out. It has kept some of the former style with white table cloths, attentive servers that fill up your glass, etc. Great salads, meat, and seafood. Very good selection of Brazilian and imported wines.  
  • Vista ao Mar - Av. Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 68, Phone: 3273-4411 - This seafood restaurant serves, among others, a tasty paella. The portion is huge, so it's better to come with a big group.
  • Mar Del Plata - Av. Saldanha da Gama, 137, Phone: 3261-4253 - Traditional seafood restaurant.
  • Piccola Forneria - Av. Almirante Cochrane, 62, Phone: 32736699/32711200 - Charming Italian restaurant with a great variety of pizzas and pasta. Good selection of wines.
  • Último Gole - Rua Carlos Afonseca, 214, Phone: 32840508 - Traditional Portuguese cuisine. A nice dish of codfish, try the bacalhau Zé do Pipo.
  • Point 44, Rua Jorge Tibiriça , 44 Gonzaga Santos/SP, ''+55 13'' 3877.7561. One of the better place to eat around the beach.
Upscale
  • La Recoleta - Av. Washington Luiz, 422, Phone: 3232-2803 - Argentinian restaurant inspired in La Recoleta area in Buenos Aires. Mainly meat. There's a Tango performance on Tuesday nights.
  • Tertulha - Av. Bartolomeu de Gusmão, 187, Phone: 3261-1641 - barbecue restaurant with many options of meat, salads, and desserts. The waiters went at the tables with many options of meat, that you can choose what you prefer.

Drink

Bars
Bars in Santos are usually crowded and lively during the weekends. Many bars offer live MPB music (Popular Brazilian Music). Beer, caipirinha, and batidas are found everywhere.
  • Armazém 29 - Rua Pindorama, 29, phone: 32894629 - A very informal bar where people go after a day at the beach. Santistas say they serve the best caipirinha in town.
  • Barão do Café - Av. Ana Costa, 547, Phone: 32861603 - Thematic bar that celebrates the glorious times of the coffee in Brazil. Old photos of the city on the walls. Live music from Wednesday to Sunday at nights.
  • Chop Santista - Av. Vicente de Carvalho, 54, Phone: 32845428 - Huge bar with two separated rooms, one with live music, that stays very crowded in the weekends. A lot of flirting.
  • Heinz - Rua Lincoln Feliciano, 54, Phone: 32861875 - A more traditional option with a not-so-young crowd. They serve good German food and appetizers to go with the beer.

Shopping in Santos, Brazil


  • The handicraft market is the place to buy a nice souvenir from Santos. There you can find paintings, earrings, clothes, candies, esoteric stuff, flowers and the like. It's located at the end of Avenida Conselheiro Nébias, every Saturday from 14:00 to around 23:00.
  • Some tourists like to check the Fish Market, close to the ferry boat, where one can buy fresh fish with a very cheap price. Be aware: when you leave there you will smell like fish.

Safety in Santos, Brazil


Santos is infamous for beach pollution, and during most of the year, swimming on its beaches is not advised. A red flag of CETESB on the beach indicates that it is not suitable for swimming (information also available).
You will probably see plenty of people swimming on the beaches, and some sanitarians argue that CETESB's indicators are too conservative. Nonetheless, if you want to play safe, it is better to go to the neighboring city of Guarujá for swimming.

Language spoken in Santos, Brazil


Portuguese is the official language. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

4:39 am
April 8, 2020
America/Sao_Paulo

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21.81 °C/71 °F
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