Hear about travel to the island of Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nina from TheGlobeTrottingAccountant.com about the “Galapagos of Brazil”.
Nina says, “Fernando de Noronha is one of the last places in the world I feel is really off the beaten track. It is a highly protected area of Brazil. They limit their tourism to 502 tourists a day. When you are there you are in this idyllic beach paradise and it feels like your own private island.”
Fernando de Noronha has a lot of biodiversity. It has the largest colony of spinner dolphins. Diving is popular there. If you are not a fan of being in the water or playing in the water then this is not your destination. Even in the “dry” season, it can rain for a half-hour a day as you are in the tropics.
Nina is a first-generation Brazilian American who has been all over Brazil 20-30 times. She says that the beaches on Fernando de Noronha are some of the nicest in Brazil if not the world. Her favorite is Sancho Beach. For snorkeling, she recommends Bay of Pigs Beach (Baia dos Porcos).
Much of the main island is the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park and some of the best beaches can only be accessed if you are willing to pay the national park fee. Even with that access can be a hike. For Sancho Beach, you need to climb down a ladder to access the beach. This after driving there in your dune buggy which is what passes for rental cars on an island with only one paved road and one public bus.
The island has the ruins of an old Fort. At one time the island was used as a prison. You can also take a trail tour of the island. The fort gives you a great view of the whole island.
Outside the national park, the beaches will be more crowded but will have more infrastructure with cafes and beach chairs. Dog Beach has the best view of the “huge pico rocks” which give the island its skyline.
Because it is a protected ecological area you can’t even bring sunscreen that is not reef safe or small disposable plastic containers.
Nina recommends you could add to your trip some time in the northeast of Brazil in cities like Recife, Salvador, Belém. Recife and Salvador are beach cities while Belém is where you can start a trip to the Amazon.
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Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park
Lion Beach – Picture of Leao Beach, Fernando de Noronha – Tripadvisor
Forte de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
Praia do Cachorro
Fernando de Noronha Tours
Middle Bar (Bar do Meio Noronha)
Mergulhao (The Big Dive Restaurant)
Brazil Travel Guides and Itineraries – The Globetrotting Accountant
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