Boipeba is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in the world. The landscapes are charming and the energy of the people of the Island is incredible. I think everyone likes to spend time resting and not worrying much, right? There the climate is perfect for that 😉
So enjoy that summer is coming to travel and get to know a little bit of the beauty of our country. I made a list with 10 tips for you to enjoy Boipeba as much as me and Paulo!
How to get
To get to Boipeba there are basically two options. The first is to go to Salvador and take a small plane there that takes you to Boipeba directly. The second one was the one that Paulo and I chose: arriving in Salvador, we took a taxi and went to Valença. From there, we still took a motorboat and, inside the island, we went with a tractor to the inn we stayed at. Don’t worry because all the effort is worth it, see?
When to go
I went there in January and the weather was great! Having sun and warmth is ideal to make the most of the beaches and natural pools of the place. The tip is to avoid going between the months of May to July, because they are rainier. The temperature is usually between 31ºC and 21ºC, so be sure to use sunscreen and a good repellent!
I had the impression that the weather in Boipeba is totally different from the weather in larger cities. For those who are used to fast services, there is the opposite. Things take longer, as in the case of preparing food, but the wait is worth it. My tip is: relax, enjoy the location, the scenery and the food. Enter their time and have fun.
There is little cell phone coverage, so it is out of service most of the time. As soon as I arrived on the island I tried to use the internet, but as the cell phone is out of signal it is very difficult to get. The best option is to look for an establishment that offers wi-fi, as in a restaurant. Since the internet doesn’t work well, take advantage of the situation to connect more with people and enjoy the beauty of the island.
The island of Boipeba and the region around it have many native foods and the spice they use in the food is delicious. I recommend three places in particular: the Barraca Tassimirim, where I ate a wonderful aratu shell, the Barraca do Paraíso, which makes a shrimp stew with plantains, and also the Boa Vista Restaurant. This last one was the one that surprised me the most, because I ate octopus with vinaigrette and loved it, even though I didn’t really like octopus. I noticed that the food becomes delicious when the seasoning is well done and tasty!
NOTE: I went there when I was still eating meat and so my tips unfortunately do not have many vegetarian options. However, as the seasoning is very good, I think even a simple salad is delicious there!
Where to stay
We stayed at Eco-Pousada Casa Bobô, which is super-sweet and quiet. The owners, Nilton and Miriam, are kind and very helpful. This inn is further away from the center, so for those who prefer to be close to the bustle of the island there are other options, such as Aquarius Santo Antônio, Dos Ventos, Cavalo Marinho, Pedra Coral and Abaquar Hostel. Remembering that all the hostel options are simple, so one of the main factors that will make you choose between them is the location.
Cairu is the second oldest city in the country and is the municipality where Boipeba is located. There you can visit the Convent and the Church of Santo Antônio, built in 1654 and which still has original Portuguese tiles from the 17th century. The Church is considered one of the first Baroque buildings and as soon as I entered it I had the feeling that I was going back in the past. I think it is a great tour for those who want to know a little more about the history of the region and get out of the beaches.
Ponta dos Castelhanos
The beach of Ponta dos Castelhanos is wonderful and without much excitement. When the tide is low it is possible to see in a part of the sea a Spanish ship from the 16th century that was shipwrecked and also incredible corals. We tried biri-biri, a typical fruit there. It tastes very sour, but it can be eaten with cocoa and it is delicious. Be sure to also try the biri-biri caipirinha, which is super tasty!
Moreré is a very small fishing village, with lovely beaches and the houses of the community are simple and with tiny churches. We know Praia de Moreré and Praia de Bainema, which are calm and the sea water is crystal clear. At low tide, the place forms natural pools and, as in Ponta dos Castelhanos, there are several corals. Paulo and I dived with the snorkel and fell in love with the place even more!
Whoever accompanied the vlogs on the trip knows how much I loved Boipeba. If you want to program the places to visit properly, be sure to also check the script with all the places that Paulo and I went to 😉