Sleepless in Itacaré


By: Bella Papadopoulou

Except for being Bahia’s capital of surf, Itacaré offers an excellent party scene. While reggae is what dominates the rhythm of this town, everyone will be able find something that fits his taste.

 Having spent the day relaxing on the beach or surfing the waves, it is impossible to turn down the night’s seductive invitation for a Caipirinha or two. Luckily there are hundreds of places to do so!

Favela and Djungle have since a long time back been crowned as king and queen of Itacarés nightlife. On the cobblestoned street of Pituba, people gather around the two fruit stands where you point at the fruit of your choice and then watch it being transformed into a cool Caipiroska. If you arrive alone, it is a guaranteed promise that you will leave with a handful of new friends or even the next love of your life (depending on how many Caipiroska’s you had).

For those who are looking for something more low-key, the sea fronting bay of the so called Orla is your answer. Here you will find places like the Casarao Amarelo and the Casarao Azul that both offer a loungy atmosphere accompanied by soothing sounds of live Bossa Nova.

The equivalence to Rio De Janeiro’s samba, in Bahia is the Forro. Thursday and Saturday Mar é Mel has a live orchestra for everyone that wants to practice their moves on the dance floor. Or why not try some dancesteps on the beach?  Cabana Corais, a bungalow-like bar on praia do Concha, has a live band playing Forro every week.

If you like something more intimate, then Sandy’s Pousa da Terra is the place. In the garden of the cozy pousada the ambience is just like that idyllic feeling that can only be achived when there is a bonfire and a guitar involved. Top it off with a Mojito with a lot of ice.



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