I personally favor a selection of three properties all owned by a Brazilian/ American couple, Kiki and Scott Stemm: Hotel Pontal de Ocaporã and the Pousadas Tabajuba and Tabapitanga. They are all classy, unique and 100% Brazilian, boasting privileged locations away from the hustle and bustle. Ocaporã is more family oriented, while the smaller Tabapitanga – while simple, tasteful, is really just for couples. Tabajuba works for just about anyone.
All three remind me a little of years past in PDG and that is really the point: Porto de Galinhas was really at one time a laid back, mellow Brazilian beach village, and it earned its reputation as a little bit of paradise on the Brazil’s northeast coast.
But today, like so many other paradises (Key West, Mykonos) the essence that originally contributed to the magic has been somewhat compromised by its own very appeal and success. Now, this is not to say that PDG is “ruined” … far from it! It IS a wonderful destination for sun, fun and good living that deserves a visit as part of any Pernambuco itinerary. Besides the trip to the natural pools, a beach buggy tour to the nearby river and mangroves is a great way to spend an afternoon, especially when you top it off with a nice ice cold beer and some grilled shrimp at a nearby beach bar. Very hard to beat the food in Pernambuco, as referred to in an earlier post!
And I also recommend a day trip to some of the more distant beaches, about another hour beyond PDG. While they do not offer overnight accommodations, a wonderful “remote beach experience” can be had with an inexpensive day trip sold in shops in PDG’s village. Don’t miss it
Choose your lodging to fit your style and expectations. Stay 2 nights/ 3 days and you will have an excellent beach experience. Combine with 2 nights/ 3 days in Recife and of course – not to be missed! – 3 nights/ 4 days in Fernando de Noronha, and you’ll have yourself a week’s vacation you will never forget