By Alison McGowan
February 25, 2009

Pousada Beijamar was one of the very few pousadas chosen from the internet, rather than a personal recommendation, and we definitely lucked out. Situated right on Apaga Fogo beach and just off the main road from Porto Seguro to Arraial D`Ajuda, it is an ideal first stop for anyone flying into Porto Seguro, and infinitely nicer than the innumerable other pousadas along the same stretch.

Beijamar opened only 3 years ago and owners, German and Brazilian have created a place of great charm and lots of comfort. There are 20 apartments, with tiled floors, terracotta walls and furniture made of local fibre and wicker work. These are dotted about exuberant tropical gardens and all have varandas and hammocks. There are 2 swimming pools, both with bars, and a restaurant for those who don`t want to travel the 3km or so into Arraial d`Ajuda. The day we arrived the owners were not there and several staff had decided to take the day off (including the chef) but the receptionist, Renato, rustled us up a very passable steak and chips, and left us chilling nicely by the floodlit jacuzzi and pool.

About the location
Porto Seguro was where Brazil was first discovered by Portugal in 1503, and there are several historical sites and churches worth seeing, but most people don’t stay there, and head straight for the beaches to the north and south of the city. To get to the Beijamar you have to get the balsa” or ferry which takes you across the Buranhem river to the road leading south to Arraial d’Ajuda. Count 8 pousadas on the left of the road and you are there, right on Aracaipe beach. Actually beach is the only thing there is on this stretch. If you need any essentials or want to eat out you will have to drive or get a cab into Arraial. For those who prefer peace and quiet and the sound of birdsong and waves, you’re most definitely in the right place.

Not to be missed
– Portinha “kilo” restaurant in Ajuda
– moon rise, right in front of you
– all the nightlife and sights in Arraial d’Ajuda
– a serious conversation with Louro, the pousada parrot

Starpoints
* beautiful beachside location
* service from the staff
* fabulous tropical gardens and pool

Try a different place…

… if you want to be where the action is, or you don’t want the beach to yourself.

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

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Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada dos Quatro Cantos, Pernambuco
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