a year-round destination for beach lovers, a Brazil
summer lasts from December to February making it a tropical paradise for visitors from the Northern Hemisphere looking for a winter
Beware the height of the season, however - especially around Carnaval - when crowds can become overwhelming and hotel rooms scarce. For a more relaxing romp, seasoned travelers will hit Brazil's beaches anytime before summer (November) or anytime after (March) when the sands are just as white, the people as friendly, and the temperature not as hot!
Among Brazil's must-sees, of course, are Rio de Janeiro featuring the world famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf) and Corcovado with the mammoth statue of Christ and
the view to Baía da Guanabara.
Beach visitors frolic even as the sun sets over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
North of Rio de Janeiro
But Brazil's beaches don't stop at Rio. There are 4600 miles of coastline to explore in Brazil, beginning up north at the island beaches of Sao Luis, including seaside resorts and historic lighthouses dotting the coast.
The most famous are located around the state capitals of Fortaleza, Natal,
Joao Pessoa, and Recife - often called the "Brazilian Venice" for the convergence of two rivers on which it was built. Further south, a strong African flavor can be found at Salvador with long stretches of beach front, and nearby islands to explore...
South of Rio de Janeiro
Further down the coast lies the beautiful beaches and scuba diving havens on the island of Ilhabela (bring the mosquito repellent), along with the many seaside resorts
around Guaruja, and the breathtaking waterfalls and natural beauty of Paraná and northern Santa Catarina.
With too many other stretches of beach front to mention, on the Web virtual tourists can explore the country's most beautiful, at sites offering insider tips and guides to the best of Brazil's seaside wonders...