"MY SWEET TROPICAL WINTER" Top 5 Page for this destination João Pessoa by RafaelTheSecond

João Pessoa Travel Guide: 71 reviews and 114 photos


Travelling in Brazil is a huge box of surprises and a wonderful lesson of life, when you go deep in the hidden corners of the country, you realize that Brazil is not really a country, it is a universe of many different planets.

Right now I am very far from home, after travelling in the northern Brazilian roads for more than 50 hours, I got to this unique and wonderful state called PARAIBA....

A land full of stories, a land with great thinkers coming from the people, they do not need any college knowledge to be spectacular philosophers!!!

I am proud to be at the capital city of the State, João Pessoa, this is the third eldest city of Brasil after Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. A land of many revolutions crying for freedom, a rich land which made dutch and portuguese going crazy, a land of indian stories (and they are still here!!!)....

Be prepared to find out with me a different Brazil, so many different that it is changeing my view of a Nation. Here you can really know how wonderful and fascinating this country is. I hope one day you can set foot in this magic land!

In the picture I am right there where Paraiba began, in the edge of CAMURUPIM River with the Baia da Traição...this is the place where the portuguese came in 1567 and met dangerous reefs and hungry meneating indians in despair for new meat, the famous and dangerous CARIRIS...In a land of blood and pleasure I was enjoying life for some incredible hours!


Barraca Nossa Senhora da Guia...hahahaha I know it is quite chinese for you...but this is the name of a bar in front of the gorgeous Seixas Beach, the place is very simple, people are very poor, but they are very rich in terms of food, wow! :) In this simple environment you will probably have the best moments of your life. Talking with very nice people which they will welcome you with open arms.

You will have a real meal of kings there, lots of sea food with less than 10 miserable dollars!!!! And it is food for 4 people!!!

Anyway, you can find much more surprises there....Do not be afraid to walk and see new things, and you will realize that Seixas Beach is the closest point to Africa in this side of the ocean.

João Pessoa has a very strategy location for our Nation.

I am proud to be here and proud also to be part of this wonderful people!

In the picture you can see this nice lady who sleeps right close to the kitchen, her name is Maria, her son is Wendel (yes, people here love putting english names to their children). the Bar is her OWN HOUSE!!!

And in front of her house....such a tropical and magnificent beach called Seixas!!!!


Dona Maria...she lives alone in a house made of haystack in the corner of Coqueirinho beach, it is one of the isolated beaches in the Bay of Betreyal, this is the english name for the well know region of Baia da Traição...

She has been living in this house for 77 years...She is the live HISTORY of the place, she has been living with indians and all the difficulties of the nature, and still keeps the high mood of a native, she always invites people for a refreshing coconut water and she talks about everything.

No husband, no children, no nothing, but the whole community respect her, she is the memory of Coqueirinhos, she is the one who knows about plants and herbs...she needs help for sure, though she would never admit. but if once you go there, it would be nice if you provide her food and the joy of your presence.

She likes meeting people and share life experiences with anyone!

I am happy to have met such a wonderful person with lots of wisdon leart from the school of life!

Big kisses to DONA MARIA....The Grandma of Everybody!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:This is the real brazilian reality and you learn alot
  • Cons:As usual, you will always want to come back!
  • Last visit to João Pessoa: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 18, 2005
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  • Tamashin's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Another place to see the sunset is from the terraces of Hotel Globo or the The Spanish Embassy as it really is in the old town.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Beautiful sunset you have there and the market place might scare off most folks. Yet, those who travel a lot should not be surprised. Carnicerias always fascinated myself. I look at it as a adventure...lol!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Joao Pessoa is a wonderful city, especially the historical centre. I spent a couple of days in Jacuma and enjoyed it sooo much!! Coqueirinho is just lovely :) Reading about your adventure recolled some unforgettable moments :))

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    As usual, I was not dissapointed visiting this page of yours. Still waiting for you to come to SA. ;-)

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2006 at 8:27 AM

    good reading, as always

  • Nov 24, 2006 at 11:26 PM

    Your pages are full of life - the essential Brazilian spirit?!? Great work!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2006 at 5:38 PM

    Interesting place! Although the cow heads aren't a pretty sight for a vegetarian...lol

  • Sep 11, 2006 at 10:39 AM

    i love brazil

  • FDAZA64's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2006 at 6:38 PM

    Recently I was in J. P. Great city with the special taste of small colonial towns. This ceiling in the S. F. de Assis convent is marvelous.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2006 at 5:18 PM

    It must be nice to be able to go to the beach in the winter and find it warm... in the US, the beaches usually get cold during the winter, so most people only go during summer


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