Everything you need to know to plan your trip to Itacaré, Bahia: where it is, how to get there, what to do and much more.

If you found this article, it probably is because you’ve heard about Itacaré, Bahia, a city by the coast full of natural beauties! After 15 days discovering the place, I’m ready to show you how this is a complete destination, with beaches, waterfall, trails, cocoa eco-farming, and many unique experiences. See where to stay, how to get there, and what to do in Itacaré during the day, night, rain, or shine. Set up your travel itinerary.

Where is Itacaré

See where Itacaré is on the map:

The municipality of Itacaré is located in the region of the Cocoa Coast, south of Bahia.

How to get to Itacaré, Bahia

To get to Itacaré by airplane, the closest airport is Ilhéus Airport – Jorge Amado (IOS). Another option is to arrive in the capital of Bahia through the Salvador International Airport (SSA), where the offer of a plane ticket is more significant and cheaper them the Ilhéus airport, from there you can go to Itacaré, but the travel will be much longer.

Distance between Itacaré and other Bahian destinations:

Ilhéus43 mi
Salvador155 mi
Península de Maraú25 mi
Porto Seguro236 mi
Distance between Itacaré and other Bahian destinations

How to get from Ilhéus to Itacaré

From Ilhéus Airport, you can rent a car, use a private transfer, or a taxi/Uber.

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Itacaré Bus Terminal
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

To get to Itacaré by bus, you will need to use a taxi/Uber to Ilhéus Bus Terminal, and from there, you can get a bus from Rota company until Itacaré, which will cost about R$25*/one-way. The travel is about 1h20 by car and 2 hours by bus.

If you are looking for a company to do a private transfer from Ilhéus to Itacaré, you can look for Alessandro from Margueta Turismo, who will charge R$300* for the couple.

How to get from Salvador to Itacaré

To go from Salvador to Itacarérent a car at the airport, cross the ferry from São Joaquim Terminal until the Bom Despacho Terminal in the Itaparica island, and get the BA-534 road, and then get the BA-001. The entire trip takes approximately 5 hours. The price for a small car on the ferry is R$50.60* during the week and R$71.70* on weekends.

For a more economical trip, you can go from Salvador to Itacaré by bus by taking a Uber from the airport to the São Joaquim Terminal, then the ferry-boat to Bom Despacho, and then a bus from one of these two companies: Cidade Sol or Águia Branca.

The ferry cost for pedestrians is R$5.60* during the week, R$7.40* on weekends. The bus to Itacaré can cost R$60* to R$80*.

How to get around in the region

The easiest way to get around in Itacaré is to drive your car or to rent one, but if this is not possible, the other options are:

  • Walk: you can access many beaches by walking;
  • Bus: the bus will get you close to your destination, but you will probably have to take a walk after getting off the bus.
  • Taxi or mototaxi: There are fixed prices for getting around inside the tourist center. The cab charges R$30* and the mototaxi R$7*. Outside this area, it is necessary to negotiate with the driver;
  • Bike: you can rent a bike;
  • Travel agency: the travel agencies usually offer transfers;
  • Private transfer: if you want a more exclusive transfer, companies such as Margueta Turismo can help you.

There are no app cars circulating in Itacaré.

Best time to visit Itacaré

Itacaré has similar weather all the year, with just a slight variation of rain and temperature (average 68ºF and 84ºF). Even so, little details can make a difference when planning your trip.

Some bad news for your pocket is that the best time to go to Itacaré is during the summer high season, which makes everything more expensive. For a more economical trip, you can go between August and October, when the temperature rises again, and the rains have diminished.

weather in Itacare - when to visit
Itacaré weather
Fonte: climate-data.org

Between April and July, the temperature fall a little bit, producing more rain, but even so, you can have sunny and hot days. This season is suitable for those who want to surf because of the wind that produces bigger waves.

Now, it is worth going between July and October if you want to do the humpback whale watching tour.

Where to stay in Itacaré

There are several hotels in Itacaré, both in the main part of the village and near the most isolated beaches.

If you, just like me, arrive in the city without your vehicle, it is essential to stay in a good location. My advice is to stay close to the bus station and to Pedro Longo’s street (known as Pituba), where you will find stores, travel agencies, bars, and restaurants.

I chose to stay at Pousada Portal da Concha since it is:

  • 4 minutes walking distance from Pituba;
  • 8 minutes walking distance from the bus terminal;
  • 6 minutes walking distance from Concha Beach;
  • In front of Coroinha Beach and a mototaxi stop.
Hotel in Itacare - Portal da Concha
Elaine at Portal da Concha Рone of the best hotels in Itacar̩ considering cost-benefit

Besides the localization, what I liked about Portal da Concha hotel in Itacaré was:

Structure and services: the accommodation has swimming pool, TV lounge, game room, and a restaurant where they serve a delicious breakfast. There is also a massage room with multiple services such as lymphatic drainage, modeling massage with bamboo, relaxing massage, among others (value R$150*/hour)

Commitment to recycling: the initiative of the public recycling program is recent and doesn’t support all of the city, but even so, before this service began, Portal da Concha already did recycle with the help of a project called Recicla Itacaré.

Therapeutic garden: they have a therapeutic garden where guests can use its medicinal herbs to make their own tea.

Breakfast: Delicious. I was addicted to Iracema’s tapiocas!

Service: The staff is very nice and made me feel like home. When I got sick 💩, one of the girls from the kitchen gave me a lifesaver mixture with water, lemon, and tapioca, which helped me a lot! Thank you, Gil 💕.

Excellent tips: Luciana França, the hotel manager, made all the difference in my trip. She introduced me to the bests tours and agencies in Itacaré, contributing to our goal of getting to know the destination beyond the beaches.

Accessible prices: they have daily rates starting from R$250*.

Itacaré hotels

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What to do in Itacaré

We have separated 27 tips for attractions and tours that will make you understand that there is a lot to do in Itacaré, making this a destination for all types of travelers. Check them out:

1 – Enjoy the beaches

Itacaré have paradisiacal beaches (“praias” in Portuguese)! But is important to know that some of then require you to go on a hike.

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Itacaré Beaches, Bahia
Photo and editing: Elaine Villatoro

If you are an adventure and track’s lover you have to visit Jeribucaçu, Arruda, Prainha and São João. Are you looking for beaches that are easier to access? So go to Concha Beach, Ribera, Resende or go with car at Pé da Serra Beach in Serra Grande. Do you want to know the surf? Resende, Prainha, Tiririca and Engenhoca are my favorite ones.

Check out the article where we show you everything about Itacaré beaches!

2 – Refresh in the waterfall

Beyond beaches, Itacaré is a differentiated destination because it also includes waterfalls (“cachoeiras” in Portuguese) for lovers of fresh and cool water. In the main options we have Cleandro Waterfall, Usina, Tijuípe, Noré and Bom Sossego.

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Itacaré and region waterfall
Photos and editing: Elaine Villatoro

Usually, the owners of the properties where the waterfalls are located have opening hours and charge an entrance fee.

You can find more details and information in our article about the Itacaré waterfalls.

3 – Hawaiian Canoe & Stand-Up Paddle Tour

This city is also an ideal place to do Hawaiian canoe and stand-up paddle tours. One of my favorite tours in Itacaré was Hawaiian Canoe, leaving from Concha Beach with a group to know Cleando Waterfall for half of the day. I super recommend it for those who want to exercise while enjoying the beautiful path of the Contas River, mangroves, and the 3 waterfalls of the cascade.

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Hawaiian canoe and SUP in Itacaré

Company: Itacaré Soul Paddle Club (Thiago)

Price: the rent of SUP board in Concha Beach is R$50*/hour ,and the single paddle Hawaiian canoe is R$60* per person/hour. The Hawaiian canoe tour costs R$185* per person; it includes entry to Cleandro Waterfall, water, and a picnic. Important: it is necessary to have minimum physical conditioning to do the half-day tour.

4 – Know the historical Taboquinhas

A tour in Itacaré for those who want to change the sand and saltwater for dusty roads and freshwater. Taboquinhas is one of the neighborhoods with old cocoa farms, with more than 300 years.

What to do in Itacaré and Taboquinhas: Sala do Vila Rosa
Vila Rosa mansion in Taboquinhas, Itacaré

There you can also practice radical sports, such as rafting, rappelling, or just a refreshing swim in the waterfall.

Direction: The easier way to get to Taboquinhas is to have your vehicle or rent one, but if you prefer, you can go by a taxi or a private transfer Alessandro of Margueta Adventure. For economic travelers the other option is to take the bus at 5h30 am (No, I didn’t type it wrong, 😅 – there is only one bus to Taboquinhas that goes in the morning and come back in the end of the day).

5 – Visit the cocoa and chocolate farms

In Taboquinhas is possible to visit cocoa farms and learn about the processes, from planting to the production of this fruit that is part of this Bahian region known as Costa do Cacau (Cocoa Coast).

During these visits you are going to taste the cocoa, the honey of cocoa (nectar of the gods that I love so much 😋) that can be served if a drink, and a lot of types of chocolates.

Here are two options for you to visit:

Vila Rosa

Vila Rosa is one of the most famous cocoa farms in Itacaré, known for its old big house with a cocoa plantation located right in the Taboquinhas.

If you want to schedule your visit previously you can have a guided tour to understand how is the plantation, the harvest, the production, taste the products, and visit the chocolate factory.

Cocoa Farm in Taboquinhas

This is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours, the big old house is beautiful, the tour is nice and you can use the stone swim pool or do caique in the farm dam.

Ticket: R$50* per person (guided tour included)

Fazenda Taboquinhas

If you like a more rural experience, the Fazenda Taboquinhas is the right place for you! You can spend half period or an entire day there with Sr. Osvaldo, a small farmer in the region who practice permaculture and enchants everyone when your eyes shine while talking about cocoa and coffee.

Besides cocoa, the Fazenda Taboquinhas also produce their own chocolate, and the ones who do the one-day tour can delight themselves with the good food of Dona Laura.

Cocoa Farm tour in Itacare
Cocoa Farm in Taboquinhas
Photos: Elaine Villatoro

Duration and prices: the simpler tour has 3 hours and cost R$80* per person, being necessary at least 3 people. My recommendation is to do the one day your (I did it myself), where you arrives early at the farm, have a delicious breakfast, and lear everything about cocoa and chocolate, have a lunch, and visit the Noré Waterfall in the afternoon. The price is R$175* per person.

6 – Tree climbing and zip-lining

Do you want to know what to do in Itacaré with children? The answer is in Conduru Ecoturismo. In the space of the company that has been located in Ribeira beach for more than 17 years, your all family can have some fun practicing tree climbing and zip-lining.

The tree climbing has nineteen obstacles with a maximum height of 16 meters. Although it is considered moderately difficult, it can be done by children over 1.5 meters tall and weighing at least 25 kg. For adults, the maximum weight is 100 kg. It is necessary to wear comfortable closed shoes or trail sandals.

What to do in Itacare with kids - tree climbing and zip-lining
Elaine practicing tree climbing and zip-lining

The circuit ends in two zip-lining. The first is 280 meters long and 40 meters high, passing over the beach; the second is smaller and takes you to the tour’s end point. This whole circuit takes between 1.5 and 2 hours.

If you prefer, it is possible just to do the zip-lining without doing the tree climbing circuit.

Company: Conduru Ecoturismo

Hours: high season – tree climbing leaves from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The zip-line goes until 4 p.m.

Ticket: R$100* the all circuit / R$50* just the zip-line at the beach

7 – Diving

Itacaré has a lot of diving spots, with reefs and corals making the marine life from there so interesting. The perfect time to do this activity is from October until April, when there is less rain and less wind, making it easier to see under the sea.

It is possible to dive in shallower water, up to 4 meters, or in deeper water, 20 meters deep.

8 – Four beach track + Tijuípe Waterfall

What do you think about exploring Tijuípe waterfall, Itacarezinho beach, Engenhoca, Havaizinho, and Camboinha, all on the same day? The famous four beach track (trilha das 4 praias) has 4,4km and even is considered an easy track, has uphill, downhill, steps, and walking across a log.

Praia de Itacarezinho - one of the best beaches in itacare
Itacarezinho Beach
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Company: Paraíso Turismo

Ticket: R$120* per person.

Ps: the benefit of hiring an agency is that they offer a round trip to Itacaré, letting you in the begging of the track and getting you in the end. With this, it is possible to know and enjoy all the beaches in one day. The presence of a local guide also makes a lot of difference, giving more security to the visitors and making the experience more immersive by sharing information and curiosities about the region.

LMTM🦊 Tip: Use hiking sandals or hiking boots. It is worth bringing hydration packs and wearing UV Protection clothes if you have one.

9 – Get to know the Baleia Jubarte Project

Baleia Jubarte means humpback whale. The species was almost instigated because of the hunt until it was forbidden in the 60s in Brasil. With conservation projects, in 2014 the population of humpback whale in Brasil was practically restored.

The Projeto Baleia Jubarte has more than 30 years and was created to study and protect those whales. Nowadays, they have three fronts: source, education, and conservation politics.

Itacaré is one of the regions where it is possible to see this whale. The project arrived in the city in 2005, and since 2020 it counts with a space in Ponta do Xaréu offering an environment education, with humpback whale replica, bones, and interactive panels.

Projeto Baleia Jubarte Itacare Ponta do Xereu
Projeto Baleia Jubarte in Ponta do Xaréu, Itacaré
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Hours: open space, 24h | Guided visit from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

Ticket: free

Address: Ponta do Xaréu

10 – Humpback whale watching tour

The season of humpback whale observation is between July and October. You can do this tour with a boat of an agency or walk to the viewpoint Mirante Serra Grande.

Whale watching on board must be done responsibly, without harming marine life, and guided by a biologist to provide environmental education. We recommend doing this tour in Itacaré with Brazil Trip Tour, one of the partners of the Projeto Baleia Jubarte.

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Humpback whale
Photo: Sergio Cipolotti, Projeto Baleia Jubarte

Company: Brazil Trip Tour

Duration: around 4 hours

Ticket: R$200* per person. Children between 5 and 10 have a 50% off.

11 – Iemanjá Beach Club at Pontal Beach

On the strip of sand where the Contas River meets Pontal Beach is the Iemanjá Beach Club. A hut with a structure of beds and hammocks for relaxing, drinks, snacks, and events that range from forró to electronic music parties.

The place is really chill and has a beautiful view mixing the scenery of the river and the sea, which gets even better with the sunset.

Iemanjá Beach Club at Praia do Pontal
Iemanjá Beach Club at Pontal Beach
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

How to get there: To get to Pontal Beach, you have to cross by boat living from Coroinha Beach. The boatmen charge R$10*/one-way per person, from 2 people on it is R$7* each

Opening hours Iemanjá Beach Club: Thursday to Friday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Saturday – 10 p.m to 5 a.m. They usually have forró on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 pm to 7 pm.

12 РDay use at Ṣo Jos̩ Beach Club

At São José Beach Club & Residence you can stay in the hotel or spend one day at São José beach, enjoying the swimming pool in front of the sea and tasting delicious local cuisine. For those who want to make the day use, access to the pool, bungalows on the sand, bathrooms, wi-fi, and parking is included.

15 minutes by walking, you will find the famous Prainha, and in just 5 minutes, you arrive at the natural swimming pool that is the third photo (below).

Things to do in Itacare: Sao Jose Beach Club - Resort in Itacaré
São José Beach Club and natural swimming pool

Transfer: If you need a private transfer, Margueta Turismo offers it for R$170 for the couple or R$60 per person if it has more than 3 passengers.

Opening hours: every day – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m they close the kitchen)

Ticket: between R$250* (Consume R$200) and R$400* (Consume R$300), depending on the season.

13 – Surf class & Surf camps

Itacaré is also a good place to learn to surf. The Engenhoca Beach is one of the favorite spots for surfers around here and has a surf school for beginners.

This is an interesting way to connect with the sea and even with yourself since surfing demands tranquility and presence from the sportsman. But don’t worry if you don’t have these skills, that’s why you will take your first surf lesson in Itacaré. You can also find schools to book surf trips and surf camps in Itacaré.

Company: BSP Surf & Adventure Itacare

Duration: 2 to 4 hours of class per day.

Price: single class R$200* per person without transport or R$250* with transport. There are also 3-day class packages starting at R$380* for groups.

14 РTour Jeribuca̤u + Usina Waterfall

We did a tour with Paraíso Turismo that took us to Jeribucaçu beach, Arruda beach, and Usina Waterfall. This is a medium-level track, and you must cross rivers and mangroves (I recommend you go with your hiking shoes).

Praia de Jeribucacu Itacare Bahia
Jeribucaçu beach in Itacaré, Bahia
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Company: Paraíso Turismo

Price: R$120* per person.

Ps.: one of the benefits of doing this tour with the agency is the organization because the van is gonna leave you at one point and get you at the other, in this way you can know more places in the same day. Besides, with them, you have a guidance of a native guide that brings historical information and curiosities, shows you typical fruits, giants bromeliad, and much more.

15 – Cooking class

What about learn a new recipe and know more about the local cultural? At this cooking class you will learn how to do a complete Bahian meal with moqueca (coconut milk base), pirão (manioc flour cream), farofa de banana da terra (toasted manioc flour mixture), and a regional drink. Who leads the activity is C. Mestre Comprido.

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C. Mestre Comprido cooking
Source: Itacaré Horizontes

Agency: Itacaré Horizontes

Duration: 3 horas

Price: R$150* per person (minimum 2 people required)

16 – Birdwatching

Itacaré is located in the Cocoa Coast region, with preserved areas of Mata Atlântica and huge biodiversity. Spring is the best moment to practice birdwatching.

17 – Rafting in Taboquinhas

I don’t know about you, but before this trip, I couldn’t imagine that it was possible to practice rafting in Itacaré.

With class III and IV rapids, the Contas River is considered one of Brazil’s best places to practice rafting. And the coolest thing is that the course is beautiful, with the right to pass between canyons and everything.

what to do in Itacare - Rafting Taboquinhas
Rafting in Taboquinhas Рone of the bests things to do in Itacar̩

Company: Ativa Aventura

How much does it cost to go rafting in the Contas River:

  • Rafting – between R$90* and 100* per person.
  • Amphibious shoes – R$10*.
  • Photos – R$30* photo per person (not obligatory).
  • Transfer – R$70* per person, need at least 3 people (not obligatory).

Duration: For this tour, you need to book in advance. It lasts approximately 1h30min and departs at 8:00am / 10:30am / 2:00pm.

LMTM🦊 Tip: Go with light, comfortable clothes, preferably with sun protection, and that dry quickly. Wear swimwear underneath and shoes that can get wet. Bring dry clothes to change into afterward, there is a place to shower. If you have a GoPro, you can take it on the ride, the helmet has a clip to fit the camera but doesn’t forget to take the fitting accessory.

Note: If you want to stay in Taboquinhas, Ativa Aventura has options of camping space, one suite, and two kitnets. The minimum stay is two nights.

18 – Artisanal fishing

This is a cool way to integrate with the local culture and knowledge. Beyond that is a delicious gastronomic experience.

In the artisanal fishing in the Contas River, you will learn how to use the cast nest, a bamboo pole, and even siripóia to hunt siris. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy fresh fish baked in the coals with accompaniments.

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Artisanal fishing
Source: Itacaré Horizontes

Agency: Itacaré Horizontes

Duration: 4 hours

Price: R$165* per person (2 people needed)

19 – Capoeira class

Disciple of the great Mestre Jamaica, C. Mestre Comprido also gives regular Capoeira classes. This is the opportunity for you to move your body and learn Capoeira and Maculele movements.

The class takes place at the Cultural Association located in Porto de Trás, which has an amazing view of the Contas River.

what to do in Itacare on a rainy day: capoeira class in Itacare - Porto de Tras
Comprido giving a capoeira class in Itacaré at Tribo do Porto Cultural Association
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Agency: Itacaré Horizontes

Duration: 1h30

Price: R$45* per person

20 РRappel at Nor̩ Waterfall

On the Coiudo River, which flows into the Contas River, is the Noré Waterfall, 15 meters high and perfect for rappelling down. The descent begins with the help of an instructor, and the last 9 meters take place underwater.

Even the most inexperienced in this activity can venture out. Besides the sport, you will make a short trail on a cocoa farm, and afterward, you can take a bath in the waterfall and relax.

Cachoeira de Noré em Taboquinhas
Elaine at Cachoeira de Noré in Taboquinhas

LMTM🦊 Tip: Besides the bathing suit, it’s worth wearing light, comfortable and quick-drying clothes. Attention women who want to go only in a bikini, the force of the waterfall can make the bikini ties undo, or the pieces come out of place 🙈. I didn’t do this specific rappel, but in Maresias, for example, I wore a top, leggings, and a sun protection t-shirt.

Company: Ativa Aventura

Duration: About 2 hours

Price: R$80* per person, 4 people needed.

21 – Canoeing in the moonlight

I can’t imagine a more spectacular opportunity than canoeing down the Contas River on moonlit nights and clear skies. This is an unusual, interesting, and beautiful trip.

For relaxation, the native guide Comprido plays the berimbau and enchants everyone with popular songs by the sea.

Em noites enluaradas e de céu limpo não consigo imaginar oportunidade mais espetacular do que fazer uma canoagem no Rio de Contas. Esse é um passeio incomum, interessante e lindo.

Para descontrair, o guia nativo Comprido toca berimbau e encanta a todos com cantigas populares à beira mar.

Agency: Itacaré Horizontes

Duration: 3 hours

Ps: It includes water and cocoa honey (if I were you I would not miss the cocoa honey for anything 🤤)

Price: R$160* for solo traveler or R$130* per person.

22 – Eat grilled fish for dinner at Prainha

Prainha is one of the most visited beaches in Itacaré but during the day. The proposal here is also to enjoy all the beauty it shows during the night. The trail starts close to sunset, and when you arrive at the beach, you can enjoy the sunset and taste the fish on the barbecue to the sound of the berimbau.

sunset in Prainha, Itacaré
Sunset at Prainha, Itacaré
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Agency: Itacaré Horizontes

Duration: 4 hours

Ps: It involves an easy-level track

Price: R$130* per person (2 people needed)

23 РAfternoon at Ponta do Xar̩u Viewpoint

Mirante Ponta do Xaréu is located between Coroa Beach and Concha Beach. It is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset, and you will likely find musicians there at this time of the day. At night you can also stop there to admire the starry sky and the night view.

24 – Spend the day at Serra Grande

Serra Grande is a small and quiet village located in the municipality of Uruçuca, about 30km from Itacaré. We did this private tour with Alessandro from Margueta Turismo, who picked me up at my accommodation and took me to visit the Mirante Serra Grande (lookout), the beautiful Prainha (of Serra Grande), and Pé de Serra beach.

If you love paradise beaches with natural pools, don’t miss Prainha! It was one of the best beaches I visited in the region, but remember that you have to walk to get there.

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Prainha at Serra Grande and lunch at Cabana Pé de Serra

To finish, relax in the Cabana Pé de Serra, which is located on one of the most accessible beaches in the region for children and elderly people, the Praia Pé de Serra. The hut has private parking, clean bathrooms, showers, drinks, and delicious food.

Who wants, can also make a stop at the Tijuípe Waterfall and Café com Cacau on the way back.

Private Transfer: Margueta Adventure 

Price of the transfer: R$350 to the couple. From 3 people on, it is R$130 per person.

25 – Visit Península de Maraú

Maraú is about 55 minutes away from Itacaré and is still a less explored destination, with very preserved ecosystems. With Paraíso Turismo, you will make the trip with a 4×4 Land Rover Off-Road.

In the Marau Peninsula you will see natural pools, wonderful beaches (Algodões, Saquaíra, and Taipu de Fora), lagoons, sandbanks, coral reefs, mangroves, natural fields, forest types of the Atlantic Forest with varied fauna and flora, ecological trails and viewpoints.

Praia do Cassange - One of the best beaches in Marau Bahoa
Elaine at Cassange Beach in Maraú
Photo: Flávio Fusco

Company: Paraíso Turismo

Price: R$280* per person.

26 – Delight yourself with the city’s diverse gastronomy

In Itacaré, you will find a wide variety of cuisine for all tastes and budgets. It is a great place to try traditional Bahian and beach town foods. One point that is also very interesting is the diversity of beaches, mangroves, and rivers, which brings the freshness of the seafood to the dish.

Here are some suggestions for restaurants in Itacaré:

  • Tia Deth: The most famous moquecas of Itacaré are here.
  • Café com Cacau: Get ready to try cacao cake with nibs, cheese bread with cupuaçu jam, and typical regional dishes.
  • Jiló: Contemporary Brazilian cuisine with excellent service and a cozy atmosphere.
restaurantes em Itacaré

For lovers of craft beer, know that there is a special brewery in the region that uses local ingredients, the Conduru Viva beer. It has options with Cocoa Honey, Cocoa, Cupuaçu, and Capim Santo. The brewery is in Serra Grande, but you can find this beer in some restaurants in Itacaré. It’s worth a try.

27 – Shop (consciously, of course!) and enjoy the Pituba street and the Passarela da Vila

Rua Pituba (formally known as Pedro Longo street) is the main street in Itacaré, with stores, bars, ice cream parlors, and restaurants. It is busiest in the late afternoon and evening, but some commercial options are open during the day. Close by is the charming Passarela da Vila, which has the same style.

Walking through charming streets and finding various stores is much better than going to any mall. Here you will find ateliers, local artisan stores, beach fashion, gifts, lots of chocolate, and even stores with good sustainability practices, such as the Espaço Semente, which sells reusable products that help travelers reduce waste in their travels and daily lives.

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Fabiani Julianni’s bio-jewelry store in Itacaré
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

One artist that caught my attention was Fabiani Julianni. She transforms natural elements into bio-jewelry. The metals and stones used by Fabi come from certified sources, the pearls are from breeding farms – they are not taken from the ecosystem and generate income for families on the coast – in addition, the artist uses sun coral, which is a coral considered a pest because it spreads easily, killing other species.

Opening hours: every day, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Adress: Pituba, 24 – Downtown

Things to do in Itacaré at night

After the day trips, you can prepare yourself for a night full of activities in town. Here are the best options of what to do at night in Itacaré:

28 – Appreciate and support street artists

It is very likely that you will come across itinerant presentations by street artists while you walk around Pituba. During the days I was there, the ones that impressed me the most were the capoeira circles of the natives where I could witness fierce disputes and the sound of @technobalde.

what to do in Itacaré at night - Rua Pituba
Capoeira circle on Pituba street in Itacaré
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

LMTM🦊 Tip: Did you enjoy the performance? Remember to leave a tip in appreciation of the entertainment and support for the artists.

29 – Drinks at Coco Pimenta 

Coco Pimenta is ideal for drink lovers with several options of cocktails, including authorial ones. In addition, it has successful foods such as the taioba roll or banana chips that make up the dishes.

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Coco Pimenta on Pituba street
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Opening hour: Wednesday to Sunday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Address: Travessa Castro Alves, Santos Dumont Plaza, 40

30 – Live music at Squash Bar

In Pituba, the Squash Bar is a relaxed option for those who want to listen to a live music, and have a different drink and a snack. To eat, they serve pizza and portions.

Opening hour: Every day, 5 p.m to 2 a.m.

Adress: Pedro Longo Street – Pituba

31 – Events by the beach at Cabana Corais

Putting your feet on the sand doesn’t have to be just a day of walking. At Cabana Corais, located at Concha Praia, you can have dinner, drink wine, see the sunset and the moon rise, and still enjoy some events and show that happens there.

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On Instagram, they are always sharing the news and events calendar.

Opening hours: Every day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except on the days with the show)

Adress: Praia da Concha street, 100

32 – Reggae at Banana’s Hostal

This is the typical hostel loved by the backpackers, with a nice backyard, there is also a space where they have shows. Usually the presentation at Banana’s Hostel are reggae and electronic music.

Opening hours: depends of the calendar

Address: Pedro Longo Street, 169 – Pituba

33 – Forró at Iemanjá Beach Club

We already told here about the Iemanjá Beach Club at Pontal Beach (Praia do Pontal), a good option to spend the day. But we would like to remember you that there are also the forró and others events that can last all night long. Take a look in their Instagram page to see the calendar.

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Iemanjá Beach Club at night
Photo: Elaine Villatoro

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Saturday – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Address: Praia do Pontal

Sustainable Travel

To go to a such beautiful and natural place as Itacaré, we have to talk about sustainable travel. We, tourists, have to be really careful in the places that we are visiting and support positive impact initiatives that happens there.

Check it out the tips about sustainable tourism in Itacaré:

  • Avoid producing garbage and collect what you find in the middle of the trails: Make conscious choices, opt for paper packages that decompose more easily or aluminum cans that have a high recycling rate in Brazil.
  • Bring home just good memories: Stones and shells contribut to the ecosystem where it are, so don’t take it as a gift from your trip.
  • Support local projects: This is a way to know more about the reality of the destiny, support the region development and value people that are dedicating their life to preserve the environment and culture.
  • Do not feed the animals: We don’t have to get the animals used to that their food with the humans, and our food is not appropriated to them.
  • Respect your surroundings and lower the volume: Besides disturbing the people around you, loud music also disturbs the animals that are nearby.

Among the sustainability initiatives that have stood out in Itacaré and are worth knowing and supporting are:

  • Recicla Itacaré: Project that carries out selective collection actions, supports collectors from the city dump, and offers environmental education in schools;
  • Movimento Mecenas da Vida: Encourages individuals and companies to make carbon offsets;
  • ASTARTUC (Taboquinhense Association for Community Tourism Development): Selling ecological straws made from taboca (a type of bamboo). It costs only R$1.50* a unit and comes packaged in paper. Interested parties can contact Ativa Aventura, which is part of the association.
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What to bring to Itacaré

Now that you already know how where to stay, how to get there, what to do in Itacaré and how to contribute to the sustainable development from the city, is time to it’s time to pack!

I particularly didn’t imagine I would do so much hiking in Itacaré, so I highly recommend that you take hiking clothes and gear on this trip. Here’s what to bring to Itacaré:

You can already see that this is one of those places that is really worth visiting, right? Tell us, which of the attractions or tours in Itacaré made you most excited to visit this paradise?

*The figures mentioned were collected in March 2022 for reference only and are subject to change.

Note: To bring you this complete content about what to do in Itacaré we counted on some partners who offered us courtesies. Special thanks to: Pousada Portal da Concha, Paraíso Turismo, Itacaré Soul SUP, Margueta Adventure, Ativa Aventura, Fazenda Taboquinhas, Fazenda Vila Rosa, Conduru Ecoturismo, São José Beach Club, Cabana Pé de Serra, Fabiani Juliani.

Important! Rest assured, all opinions expressed here are sincere and reflect our experiences.

Frequently asked questions about Itacaré

Which airport is the closest to Itacaré?

The closest airport to Itacaré is Ilhéus. Here are tips on how to get to Itacaré.

How long to stay in Itacaré, Brazil?

There is a lot to do in Itacaré, so 10 days would be the ideal period to make the most of the destination and the activities it offers. For those who don’t have that much time, 5 days is the minimum period to get to know the basics.

Is Itacaré safe?

Itacaré has been developing rapidly in the last few years, and along with this growth have come challenges, among them, crime. I particularly didn’t feel threatened at any moment during my 15 days traveling solo in Itacaré, but as in any other place, I recommend that you always keep an eye on your belongings, don’t leave them on the beach without supervision and if you’re going to do hikes, try to do them in a group and plan to leave in daylight.

What to do in Itacaré on a rainy day?

Among the possibilities are: take a capoeira or Bahian cooking class, go shopping, visit the Humpback Whale Project, and if it’s just drizzling you can even visit a cocoa farm.

Is it possible to go to Itacaré with a baby or an elderly person?

You can go to Itacaré with a baby or an elderly person, but it’s important to keep in mind that most of the tours involve some kind of trail or minimum level of effort, so it’s up to each one to understand their own limits and choose the most appropriate tours.
Note: See below what to do in Itacaré with children.


What to do in Itacaré with children?

Yes, it is possible to go to Itacaré with children. Some of the coolest activities to do with the little ones besides enjoying the beaches and waterfalls are: capoeira class, rafting in taboquinhas, tree climbing and zip line.

Why should I visit Itacaré, Bahia?

It’s not every day that you find a single destination where you can enjoy paradisiacal beaches that are pleasing to the eye, to surf and to go for a good walk, to refresh yourself in various waterfalls, to navigate on the river and in the mangroves, to connect with the place through its typical cuisine and fruits, and even to practice extreme and adventure sports. Check out our complete guide with 33 tips on attractions and tours in Itacaré.

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