Guaruja Journals

Guaruja - Playing Hookey

A travel journal to Guaruja by Slack

Pitangueiros Photo, Guaruja, Brazil More Photos
Quote: An hour away from São Paulo City on the Southeast coast of Brazil, Guaruja is a town of nestled beaches that makes the perfect place to play hookey for a day or while away a long weekend.

Guaruja - Playing Hookey

Overview

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The beach, the beach and more beach. That is why all of the Paulistas wind their way through threough the construction on Immigrates every weekend.

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There is a bus system in the city of Guarujá proper, but I have heard it is unreliable and crowded. Driving is common, but traffic is heavy and parking is a nightmare. I would recommend taxis as nothing in Guarujá is very far away from anything else.

Barril

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Pretty typical dining - all the pratos that one would expect from a small restaurant on the Southeast coast. The thing that makes this establishment stand out and shine is the live jazz with local flair that happens every Saturday Night after 9 pm.

I went with a moderate sized group and all agreed that there was no better way to end an evening of beach sprawling than in the presence of jazz with a glass of Chopp (Draft) in hand.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Barril
Rua Rio de Janeiro 280
Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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A fun local pub with a lively atmosphere and a good-natured waitstaff. It's all the more of a wonder that they keep so nice considering that Hangar is both noisy and can get very hectic later in the evening. The Videoke (Kareoke with Videos) is good for a laugh, and native-English speakers will find that it's a heck of a lot easier to screw your courage to the sticking place and get up and sing. Knowing the cadence of the words is half the battle, after all.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Restaurante e Choperia Hangar
Avenida Miguel Stéfano 1907 - Enseada
Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Galpão do Chopp

Attraction

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We just stopped in to this place on the wrong night. We had been tipped that there was live music and a "Happy Hour", but arrived to find that the band wasn't coming. A friendly establishment like most here in Brazil, good Chopp and a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Galpão do Chopp
Av. Puglisi 131
Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil
3355-7363

Getting there from São Paulo

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Brazil, and especially São Paulo is notorious for it's floods of traffic and milling crowds. I am often told, "You Americanos (I am Canadian) should relax. Brazil moves at a different pace." Good advice, but to be honest, there is nothing bad at all about the pace with the transport from São Paulo City to Guarujá. If there's anything at all besides "futebol" that Brazilians are serious about, it's their beach time. Who could blame them with such beautiful beaches? Getting to Guarujá may seem like a daunting task, but only until you've done it once. It's really as simple as this: Go to your nearest Metro station (See images, Getting around in São Paulo). There's three lines, and the trains...Read More

Beach Review - Pitangueiras

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Pitangueiros Photo, Guaruja, Brazil
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Pitangueiras is the closest beach to the bus and the highway - and subsequently one of the busiest beaches in town. Most of the beachfront property is occupied by restaurant-type stands or hotels or both. The upshot to this is you'll have an umbrella a table and as many chair as you need provided for you as you arrive. The downside of course being that you're expected to order from the restaurant. Don't be fooled by the hot-dog stand appearance of these restaurants. Most of them can whip up everything from country fried chicken to squid in a matter of half an hour. My favorite of these is Maria and Paula's which is a restaurant working on behalf of a hotel. There's a woman there by the name of I...Read More
Um Praia de Boiçucanga Photo, Guaruja, Brazil
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An absolutely astounding beach favored by surfers due to high waves, Boiçucanga is about 90 km out of Guarujá proper. It's worth the drive, however, (you can get a bus at the Rodovaria Guarujá or directly from São Paulo) even just for the view along the way. The tropical forest is a lush vegetative sight to be seen, especially where it seems to war with the water. Although generally less crowded than the beaches in Guarujá proper, it's to be avoided during the Brazilian holidays - especially those that span a long weekend. Paulistas with a little time and a little money will be flooding the area. We stayed at the Pousada da Barra (012 - 465-1391; R$80-100), and it was a nice place, with a sweet ...Read More
Praia do Enseada Photo, Guaruja, Brazil
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A great stretch of beach to take the family, Enseada is sheltered by a jutting penninsula and so is spared the big and crazy waves of other beaches on the coast. Along with the waves, the hazards of surfboards and rambunctious wave-riding youngsters are also removed so you can rest at ease if you have very young kids to keep an eye on. Brazilians tend to compare Enseada to a big swimming pool, and despite the salt in the water, they're not too far off. Makes a much more beautiful sunset, though.

Restaurants stores and pharmacies nearby.