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The Samba of Golf

Windsor Palace Hotel The Windsor is a moderately priced hotel located just a block off Copacabana beach and in the middle of the shopping district. Rua Domingos Ferreira 6; 011-55/21-2545-9000; Rooms from $167.

WHERE TO EAT

Careme (French) Located in the trendy Botafogo neighborhood, this charming bistro oozes romance and provides various high-quality prix-fixe menus. Reservations are required. Rua Visconde de Caravelas 113; 011-55/ 21-2537-2274. $$

Esplanada Grill (Steak house) The oupost of this churrascaria chain in Ipanema serves top quality beef at reasonable prices. Rua Barao da Torre 600; 011-55/21-2512-2970. $$

Porcao Churrascaria (Steak house) This Barra neighborhood restaurant is the oldest of this Brazilian chain and also the best. Avenida Armando Lombardi; 011-55/21-3154-9255, porcao.com.br. $$

Bahia

WHERE TO PLAY

Comandatuba Ocean Golf Course This Dan Blankenship design is located on the island of Comandatuba, forty-five-miles and then a short ferry ride from Ilheus. It was named the best course in Brazil by Golf Digest in 2003. Ilha de Comandatuba, Una; 011-55/11-5693-4511, transamerica.com.br. Greens fees: $55; $78 for all-day unlimited play.

Costa do Sauipe Golf Center Fifty miles north of Salvador lies this championship eighteen. Rumored to have maintenance issues a few years ago, it hosted last year's Brazilian Open. Rodavia Bahia 99, km 76, Mata de Sao Joao; 011-55/71-2104-8523, costadosauipe.com.br. Greens fee: $100.

Terravista Golf Course The anchor of the new Terravista complex in Trancoso on the coast of Bahia. Another Blankenship gem with stunning vistas. Estrada Municipal de Trancoso, km 18; 011-55/11-3709-4689, terravistagolf.com.br. Greens fee: $180.

WHERE TO STAY

Club Med Trancoso Located inside the Terravista complex, this is an all-inclusive full-service resort with eight tennis courts and two pools. Estrada Municipal de Trancoso, Km 18, Porto Seguro; 888-932-2582, clubmed.com.br. Rooms from $1,200/week.

Costa do Sauipe Resort Six different lodging options are offered here, from pousadas (beach inns) to an all-inclusive SuperClubs Breezes. Rodavia Bahia 99, km 76, Mata de Sao Joao; 011-55/71-2104-8470, costadosauipe.com.br. Rooms from $91.

Hotel Catharina Paraguacu This cozy hostelry with an old-time Bahian flavor is located in the town of Salvador. Rua Joao Gomes 128, Salvador; 011-55/71-334-0089. Rooms from $60.

Hotel Transamerica Ilha de Comandatuba A luxury resort on Comandatuba with a new Spa L'Occitane, a private airport and thirteen miles of unspoiled beach. Una; 011-55/11-5693-4511; transamerica.com.br. Rooms from $295.

Villas of Trancoso Inn Ten minutes from the Terravista Golf Course, these five luxury one- and two-bedroom villas, owned by American Galen Briggs, boast an on-the-beach location, a fine restaurant and a bevy of activities. Estrada Municipal de Trancoso, km 23.5 #192, Porto Seguro; 011-55/73-3668-1151, mybrazilianbeach.com. Rooms from $640.

WHERE TO EAT

Trapiche Adelaide (Italian-French) Some of the best cuisine, and views, in Salvador. Reservations required. Praca do Tupinambas 2; 011-55/71-326-2211, trapicheadelaide.com.br. $$

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