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Coast of Piauí

Don't underestimate the small paradisiacal expanse of Piauí's coastline. There are 16 beaches, well distributed among the 4 small and distinct coastal municipalities that justify their Geoconservation, due to their different natural features, different rocks and their own strips of sand.

The Piauí Coastline boasts paradisiacal beaches and natural beauty that are only found on the country's northeastern coast, considered the smallest coastal area in Brazil, measuring 66 km long. The region includes several cities, such as Parnaíba, Luís Correia, Ilha Grande and Cajueiro da Praia, as well as famous destinations, such as Barra Grande beach in Piauí and the ecological archipelago of the Parnaíba Delta.

Coastal cities
Luís Correia - It is a small municipality in the state and the city with the longest coastline. Along its 46km you will find stunning beaches! It is also widely used as a base for those who are going to visit the Parnaíba Delta. There is a lot to do there. Through the city's little streets of colorful houses you will witness a lot of culture, history and unique gastronomy. With its tranquil character, Luís Correia is a piece of paradise that you cannot miss. Cajueiro da Praia - It is a municipality that has the largest cashew tree in the world! Hence the name. In fact, we have a fierce dispute between the huge cashew tree in Piauí and that in Rio Grande do Norte. Cajueiro da Praia also holds many surprises, such as the priceless archaeological treasures on the Barbaço Trail. However, this is not the only attraction of Cajueiro da Praia. The beaches in the region are charming, with warm seas that are very inviting for diving. Furthermore, they are also great for practicing water sports such as surfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding, among others. Parnaíba - It is a destination that is frequently included in the Rota das Emoções itinerary. Porto da Barcas was once the most important in the Northeast and the colonial mansions in the Historic Center make us visit the region's glorious past. The history of the city is very rich. And we cannot forget that Parnaíba is the gateway to the Parnaíba Delta and from there the most diverse tours depart to explore the delta's water labyrinths. The paradisiacal beaches are also worth a visit with their Piauí dunes. Big Island - It is the last of the cities on the coast of Piauí. It is a peaceful destination, but it has many surprises for tourists! It is the largest island in the Parnaíba Delta and is an environmental protection area. One of the most common tours there is a boat trip through the mangroves. It is worth checking out this rich ecosystem, with its vegetation with aerial roots that separate the land from the sea.

The Beaches
Small in size. Big on surprises. Of the 66 km of coastline, the city of Luis Correia has most of the beaches. There are 46 km in this small town alone: sea beaches, river beaches and sea + river beaches. It's super cozy and surprising, the exuberance of the sunset and the local beachside cuisine.

Praia do Pontal, Ilha Grande: The city of Ilha Grande is bathed by the Parnaíba and Igaraçu rivers, being one of the branches of the Parnaíba Delta. Ilha Grande has 3 beaches: Pontal, Savage and Aruanã. Pontal beach is on the border of Piauí and Maranhão and is one of the beaches where the Parnaíba River meets the Ocean. Crystal clear blue waters, it is usually empty, with little infrastructure as it is an environmental preservation area. The view of Praia do Pontal is enchanting. There is a large strip of sand that separates the river from the sea and depending on the tide you can sail from one side to the other. Pedra do Sal Beach, Parnaíba: Pedra do Sal beach is the only beach located in the city of Parnaíba and is on Ilha Grande. The beach is 8 km long and is easily accessible, it is on the way to Porto das Barcas and just after the bridge over the Igaraçu River. The name of this beach originated from the large rocks, stone walls that exist there covered in salt. The beach has some infrastructure, parking and tents. On one side, the beach is calmer and for the family and on the other side, the beach is rough with strong winds, ideal for kitesurfing. Praia do Arrombado, Luis Correia: One of the most beautiful beaches in Luis Correia. It is little visited and ideal for surfing and windsurfing in the windy season. Ideal for those who like empty beaches, almost deserted in the low season. The postcard of this beach is the Combed Tree, which has a different shape due to the strong winds in the region. This beach also has infrastructure and beachfront cuisine with delicious dishes made from fresh seafood. Macapá Beach, Luis Correia: Considered the most beautiful beach on the coast of Piauí, Macapá beach is. The beach is formed between the mouth of the Macapá River and the open sea: on one side, the landscape of the Camurupim River with its own vegetation and on the other, a natural pool formed between sandbanks. Normally, the pools form around 200m from the coast and you can see lots of fish, even without needing a mask. This beach has infrastructure such as parking lots and some kiosks. Praia do Coqueiro, Luis Correia: Also considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Piaui, Praia do Coqueiro is a must-see. With its constant winds (August to September) and good waves in high season, it is a favorite among Piauí residents and a hot spot for kitesurfing fans! The beach also has excellent infrastructure and is very popular with families with children. Coqueiro beach is located in an old fishing village and has an extensive sandy area, with many coconut trees along the coast. When the tide is low, it is possible to observe the emergence of natural pools with warm waters, much appreciated by children. Barra Grande Beach, Cajueiro da praia: Some say that this is the best beach for windsurfing in Brazil! Beach with unusually blue crystal clear waters, long white sandy beach, strong winds, a true paradise. Great choice for those who want a paradisiacal beach to enjoy by the sea, with delicious local cuisine and infrastructure for the whole family. Barra Grande is very popular during the end of year festivities, especially New Year.

Local gastronomy
Piauí's gastronomy is quite diverse and has a lot of influence from indigenous culture. You can eat everything from sun-dried meat and cracklings to the best seafood and fresh fish. Don't forget to order Cajuína, a sweet drink made from cashews that is an intangible heritage of Piauí.

In addition to incredible beaches, the coast of Piauí with its rich culture and the crafts produced in this region should be revered. The crafts in Piauí are those with a strong northeastern and Brazilian flavor. Lace, ceramic or wooden pieces with regional paintings, baskets or hats made with carnauba straw, hammocks, vases and unique paintings. A great place to buy souvenirs and decoration pieces is the Fátima Municipal Market, in Parnaíba.

Parnaíba Delta
Let's take the risk of saying that, perhaps, the main destination for those who come to visit Piauí, is the Piauí Delta! And you won't be disappointed. The Parnaíba Delta is truly incredible! The Parnaíba River cuts through 20 municipalities in Piaui and flows into the Atlantic Ocean, forming nothing more, nothing less than the third delta in the world! Behind only the Nile River in Egypt and the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. On this tour, the flock of Guarás retiring to rest is impressive. We can see several islands that cut across the river and dunes in a stunning view at sunset.




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