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World's Greatest Dream Trips: Brazil

Brazil

“My ultimate fantasy: relaxing on Brazil’s stunning beaches by day; sipping caipirinhas & eating fresh seafood at night.” —@JoeDudas

Ubatuba, three hours east of São Paulo, has 74 beaches, some so deserted that sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the sand; surfers prefer buzzier Praia do Félix, where stiff prevailing winds create challenging breaks.

Vehicles are banned on Ilha Grande, a Robinson Crusoe– style island that’s home to Praia de Lopes Mendes, a prized two-mile swath of deserted shore. Hitch a ride in a fishing boat or hike a forest trail, ravines, and serrated peaks to get there. (It’s worth it.)

Something is always happening at Rio de Janeiro’s Praia de Ipanema, cradle of bossa nova and Brazilian bohemia, where perfectly sculpted youths sip coconut or sweetsop juice at Polis Sucos (70A Rua Maria Quitéria; 55-21/2247-2518) and plot their next bout of excess.

At Bahia’s Ponta do Corumbau, 30 miles south of Porto Seguro, visitors snorkel a seven-mile coral reef, then pair fresh-caught prawns with organic mango salad at the 10-room oceanside Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau.

Things get lazier still on Brazil’s sultry northeastern shore at Praia do Iguape, near Fortaleza. Lunch on grilled grouper and caipirinhas at nameless, tumbledown beach shacks—and doze away the afternoon in a beach hammock.

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