By Alison McGowan
April 8, 2008

Estalagem Caiuia is a beautiful rustic pousada situated right on Bitingui beach, a smallish beach (by Alagoan standards!) between Porto de Pedras and Japaratinga, Maragogi. It’s quite small, with only six navally themed rooms, linked by a decked veranda dotted with hammocks. But it is quite special too, in fact, very special.

If you are looking for personalized service, the owner, Mara, has the perfect combination of hospitality, generosity and culinary genius. And the food is truly wonderful, prepared in the huge open kitchen which is the focal point of the pousada. We tried sea bass in orange sauce with capers and banana puree, and fried fish in the lightest batter, and sauteed shrimps gratine, and I want the recipe for all of them! After eating, the hammocks invite a siesta. But then there is also the jacuzzi,, the warm warm sea and the beach, tempting you gently. Just writing about it I miss it.

About the Location
Estalagem Caiuia is situated right on Bitingui beach, between Porto de Pedras and Japaratinga on the Coral Coast of Alagoas. There are a few houses dotted about along the road and a couple of other hotels/pousadas in Bitingui, but Japaratinga is the nearest village up the coast and to get to a town you really need to travel 10kms to the north to Maragogi. Total tranquility!

Starpoints at Estalagem Caiuia
* fabulous atmosphere
* wonderful location right on the beach,
* the cuisine- five star, wonderful menu, and all included in the price
* waking up with the sunrise and going to sleep with the moon

Try a different place…
– if you need organized excursions
– if you are not happy reading a book if it rains
– if you want night life or noise

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on Visit her blog at

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

Can’t make this up