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Exploring Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil

João Canziani A new lodge at Fernando de Noronha.

Photo: João Canziani

A two-hour boat ride south from the Bahian capital of Salvador makes Morro de São Paulo, the main village on the 232-square-mile Ilha de Tinharé, an easy weekend jaunt for Salvadorans. Even so, until only a few years ago the town was rough around the edges, with run-down guesthouses the only places to stay. Now the sandy one-lane strip spills over with an interesting mix of modern hotels and colonial relics (a ruined 17th-century stone fortress greets visitors at the dock) before giving way to five consecutive beaches.

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Destinations: Morro de São Paulo

Inspired by: Brazil's Hidden Beaches — by Kevin Raub, Published Dec. 2005

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