The region surrounding Porto Seguro was the first to be discovered by Portuguese navigators in the current Brazilian territory. The region possesses amazing beaches and preserved areas of Mata Atlântica, an original tropical jungle found by the Portuguese discoverers in the year 1500. Terapuã beach has many hotels and kiosks that are always crowded. There are shows day and night, dance lessons, exercise classes, restaurants, as well as water sports, helicopter flights and paragliding.
The nearby Curuípe (with clear coral pools at low tide), Itacimirim and Mundaí beaches are more serene. The Rio dos Mangues beach offers a quiet mangrove area.
The last two beaches, Ponta Grande, with crystal clear waters and reefs, and Mutá, are long and nearly deserted.
Coroa Vermelha, in Santa Cruz Cabrália, is a pleasant bay with shallow waters, reefs and a few kiosks. In the surrounding area, there are many people selling arts and crafts made from brazilwood by the Pataxó indians. There is also a cross marking the first mass held in the country.
40 miles to the south of Porto Seguro covers an area populated by small towns, each one a unique destination worth exploring, with plenty to see and wonderful places to stay to suit varied styles of vacation.