Praia do Forte is the dream destination for those seeking tranquillity, fun and gorgeous landscapes, in addition to contact with the spontaneous warmth of the local people, their dances, traditions and handicraft.
Known for its environmental preservation awareness, it is a privileged place where nature offers a spectacle of beautiful beaches, shallow pools of clear water, rivers, lagoons, coconut groves, rainforest reserves and more. Heaven is here! Offering so many tours and attractions for you and your family. Such as Projeto Tamar, the natural pools, the fishing village, the lagoon and the Timeantube Island, Instituto Baleia Jubarte, the Sapiranga reserve, the Garcia d'Ávila Castle and many other attractions.
Added to this Praia do Forte is a charming fishing village that is home to hotels and hostels, a variety of restaurants with the best of gastronomy, bars, and shops with the most fashion and semi-precious stones from Brazil, besides the traditional craft shops. There are options of leisure and entertainment for all ages, forming a complete infrastructure with lots of security, satisfaction, tranquillity and joy for its visitors.
Around 20,000 humpback whales migrate annually to the Brazilian coast, making it possible to go whale-watching. The experience of watching this 16 m animal, completely docile, curious and with acrobatic behaviour in its natural habitat is truly unforgettable.
Instituto Baleia Jubarte also has the only Interpretative Centre in Brazil especially dedicated to the large humpback whales and their environment. There the visitor will meet these magnificent animals, through an educational tour, finding among the gardens a complete skeleton of a humpback whale, several life-size replicas of whales exhibiting different behaviours, interpretation panels and an amphitheatre with interactive computers, miniatures of Brazilian whale species and continuous video projections.
The cause is noble: to raise awareness in the population, through whale-watching in the high seas and interpretive centre, for the importance of their conservation.
Created in 1980, Projeto Tamar is internationally recognized as one of the most successful marine conservation experiences, serving as a model for other countries.
Aquariums with marine turtles and several animals delight the visitors, who can view and interact with them. The visitor centre is equipped with pools, aquariums, information panels, full-size turtle replicas, exhibitions area, talks and videos, restaurant, bar and a shop that sells Tamar branded and local craft products.
In addition, if you are lucky, in their breeding season (September to March), you can watch the release of turtle hatchlings, organised by Projeto Tamar.
The fishing village is one of the most seductive places of Brazil, where the local traditions live in harmony with the refinement of the shops and restaurants. An ancient fishing village that still preserves its charm and simplicity. It is part of Brazilian history, since the Portuguese landed here in 1500, establishing the first contacts with the Indians, roots of the Brazilian people.
On village the streets is where you find all kinds of necessary services. Such as restaurants of various cuisines, bars, cafes, hostels, markets, post office, pharmacy, ATM, tourist agencies, car rentals, local crafts, luxury shops, plus a very interesting taxi service.
Located on the top of Tatuapara Hill, the Garcia D'Ávila Cultural Park is home to the ruins of the fortification erected, in addition to exhibition halls, Chapel and restaurant. The castle is one of the greatest buildings of its time.
"Tatuapara" was the name given by Tupi-Guarani Indians to the region where today Praia do Forte is located. It was on the Tatuapara Hill that in 1551, Garcia D'Ávila, Royal treasurer of the Portuguese Crown, built its majestic House with features of a feudal stronghold, being the only Castle-looking building of America and Brazil's oldest farm.
The 16th century building, known as Casa da Torre or Garcia D’Ávila Castle, whose existence added the adjective "strong" (Forte) to the beach where it is situated.
The Garcia D'Ávila Castle served to protect the coast against the presence of pirates and invaders. Today, it shines again and fascinates visitors.
The beautiful Sapiranga Reserve is a protected area of 600 hectares of Atlantic Forest.
Several tours are offered: swimming in the river, hiking, kayaking, bike rides, horseback and for those who prefer more adventure, the best option is the quad bike.
Sapiranga Reserve takes tourists who enjoy contact with nature through tunnels under the trees, and see a variety of orchids, bromeliads, birds, monkeys, butterflies and, not infrequently, a coati, a sloth or an armadillo.
At low tide, amongst the reefs, huge natural swimming pools are formed with transparent and warm waters, where a bath is irresistible. Snorkelling is also wonderful. Diving in this area is like being inside an aquarium, due to the diversity and numbers of fish, molluscs, crustaceans, algae and corals there.
Formed by damming the Timeantube River waters, the lake is a huge bird reserve. About 300 different species of birds have been catalogued in its area. Here there are two tour options: exercising with kayaks, or strolling by motorboat to enjoy all the beauty and tranquillity of the lake and its birds.