30 years ago, Praia Da Pipa was a tiny fishing village where the locals would gather in the square to watch TV together at nighttime. Fast forward just a few years and this surfing hotspot is fast becoming the most popular destination in Brazil. Every week there seems to be a new restaurant, hotel or hostel being built, so you’ll want to get there fast before the crowds take over.
Praia Da Pipa is located in the Northeast of Brazil, just between Recife and Natal. With its stunning beaches and warm waters perfect for advanced and beginner surfers, Praia da JustPipa is a perfect spot for both backpackers and romantic vacations. If you’re planning a trip to this idyllic beach town, then you’ll need this guide of the top 10 things to do in Praia Da Pipa.
Top 10 Things To Do In Praia Da Pipa, Brazil
Learn To Surf
Praia da Pipa is known worldwide in the surfing community. The waters are warm and Madeiro Beach has perfect waves for beginners to learn. I would recommend taking a few lessons before renting a surfboard on your own.
Surf Camp Pipa has the best instructors. Their instructors all really friendly and very professional, they are also certified with the International Surfing Association. They also offer surf camp holidays, where you can combine your surf lessons and accomodation. You can book directly through the website or go pay them a visit when you arrive in Pipa. www.surfcamppipa.com
Beach Buggy Tour
No visit to Pipa would be complete without a buggy tour zooming across the dunes, , discovering the best beaches, and taking a dip in the famous Coca-Cola Lagoon.
You can take a buggy, a jeep or if you’re feeling brave, choose the quadbike option. The tours last for a full day and they all cost roughly the same, so it doesn’t really make a difference which company you go with. Most hotels and hostels will be able to book a buggy tour for you, just ask at reception.
Sunset In Tibau Do Sul
Praia Da Pipa has some of the most beautiful sunsets that you will ever see. And during your stay then you need to experience a sunset meal overlooking Guaraíras lagoon. The lagoon is just a quick taxi ride away; tell your taxi driver you want to see the sunset in Tibau Do Sul and they’ll know exactly where to take you.
Backpacker Tip: If you’re on a budget, then take the local bus for 3 Reais and bring a couple of beers to enjoy an Instagram-worthy sunset without the restaurant prices.
Wild Dolphin Spotting
One of the best things to do in Pipa Beach is to enjoy the wild dolphins who have made Praia Da Pipa their home. You can see them in two different ways, either from the beach or taking a boat tour. The boat trips leave throughout the day and aren’t too expensive.
However, the dolphins come close enough to the shore that you don’t need to take a boat trip. Take a stroll down to Dolphin Bay Beach (Baia dos Golfinhos), set up camp for the day and you’ll be able to see the dolphins enjoying their natural habitat, playing and swimming in groups.
Enjoy The Nightlife
Enjoy a cocktail at Nativos Bar, and take part in some good old-fashioned people-watching. Praia Da Pipa has a lively mix of small bars with local DJs playing international music. Brazilians are known for their ability to party and impressive dance moves, so if you’re planning on getting lucky with a Brazilian lady or man then make sure you practice a few dance moves in the bathroom mirror before heading out.
As well as the local bars, there are also lots of parties held on the beach, especially round the full moon. Nothing beats dancing on the beach under the moonlight to create those indescribable travel memories.
Watch Sea Turtles Hatching
If you visit Praia Da Pipa during October to March, then you might be able to watch baby turtles hatch! Project TAMAR is a Brazilian non-profit protecting sea turtles; they keep an eye on the sea turtles’ nests and prepare a safe area for their hatchings.
Watching baby turtles (puppies) flap and waddle their way down to the ocean is a beautiful experience and you can do it for free in Praia Da Pipa! Find out more about Project TAMAR through their website.
Pipa Boat Party
If you’re in Pipa for a couple of days, then make sure you head to the legendary Pipa Boat Party for an afternoon of dancing and beach hopping. They have different music depending on the days, so if Latino reggaeton isn’t your thing then choose the Electronica themed party for a different vibe.
Tickets cost $60 Reais and are sold through hostels and hotels. So, it’s easy to organise and a definite must-do in Pipa for any backpacker spending a few days in this Brazilian paradise. Check out their Instagram page for more info.
Ecological Reserve In Pipa
Praia Da Pipa is known for its rich wildlife and there’s no better place to explore it than in the ecological reserve. The reserve boasts an abundance of monkies, birds, reptiles including snakes (eek!).
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and protective footwear! The entrance fee is only $15 Reais, making this tip a good budget backpacker activity.
Head To Baia Famosa For The Day
Pipa beach is part of the Brazilian state, Rio Grande Do Norte. It’s one of the smallest states in Brazil but is home to many of the most beautiful beaches, including Baia Famosa.
Baia Famosa is a sleepy fishing village just a short drive away from Pipa, and is also where the world champion surfer, Italo Ferreira, comes from. The waves in Baia Famosa are perfect for advanced surfers to spend the day catching waves.
But, even if you’re not a surfer, this tranquil village is a perfect day trip away from the bustle of Pipa. Enjoy freshly caught fish for lunch in one of the beachside restaurants.
Sunbathe, Sunbathe, Sunbathe
With so many activites going on in Pipa, it’s easy to forget that the reason Pipa became such a well-known tourist destination was for it’s beautiful beaches.
There are four main beaches to spend the day, Praia Do Amor (Love Beach), Praia Do Madeiro, Central Beach and Baia Dos Golphinos (Dolphins). Each of the beaches has its own unique beauty and reason to visit, so if you have time, I would recommend a day spent at each of them. Make sure you wear sunscreen though to avoid a nasty sunburn. And if you can, choose a eco-friendly sunscreen.
Where To Stay In Praia Da Pipa, Brazil
If you’ve got the cash to splash or are looking for that special honeymoon destination then Hotel Sombra e Agua is for you. This peaceful hotel overlooks the sea and has three pools to choose from. The reviews speak for themselves, this hotel is well worth the money.
If you’re traveling in a group or as part of a couple, the AirBnb options in Pipa are a steal. You can rent a complete apartment with a pool for under $40 a night.
High Season is from December to February, so if you’re travelling during that period, make sure you book early to get the best deals.
Backpacker Budget Hostel
NoWorries is THE hostel to stay at during your time in Pipa. Run by a friendly Argentinian guy, Pablo, the hostel is located right in the center of Pipa, perfect for stumbling back after those late-night parties on the beach.
They have different activities every day such as Yoga or beach tours as well as BBQs at night. There is also a bar at the hostel roof terrace, making socializing and meeting other backpackers really easy. They also have a partnership with Pipa Surf Camp, so you can easily book lessons through them.