With almost 700 miles of coastline, and smack in the tropical zone, the state of Bahia is loaded with sleepy fishing villages and spectacular beaches.
One of the best is Caraiva, a hidden beauty 30 miles south of Bahia's best-known beach site, Porto Seguro.
There are no vehicles in Caraiva other than the four-legged kind, so the roar you hear is the crashing of waves or mules. It wasn't that long ago the town didn't even have electricity.
The beach here goes on for hours, verdant headlands on one side, azure sea on the other.
Though there isn't a lot of commerce around, you can eat tasty seafood, and the trusty mules make sure you're stocked with beverages.
There's a "lost in time" quality about Caraiva, but with beaches this exquisite, that won't last for long.
Taipus de Fora, Bahia
Few colors have the power of translucent turquoise to stop humans in their tracks.
Taipus de Fora has enough of the hue to keep the most jaded traveler enchanted.
Located on the sea side of the Marau Peninsula on the south coast of Bahia, this beach is a snorkeler's dream. As the tide ebbs, it leaves behind brilliant, turquoise reef pools perfect for viewing an assortment of colorful tropical fish.
No need for Photoshop here. That turquoise is the real deal.
The beach itself runs broad and golden for some four miles, with thick, luscious palms.
You won't have trouble finding a reasonably priced place to stay, with accommodations from hotels to pousadas to rental houses and campgrounds, or a bar to imbibe near a reef pool.
It's easy to make the case for Taipus de Fora as one of Brazil's best beaches.
Porto da Barra, Salvador, Bahia
In many ways, Porto da Barra is to Salvador (capital of the state of Bahia) what Bondi is to Sydney and Venice Beach is to Los Angeles.
Tiny fishing boats bring in the day's catch, there's beach volleyball and plenty to see at the Fisherman Colony Manguinhos, a traditional fish market in Buizos.
This is one of the few beaches in the lively city of Salvador that faces west, so you can catch great sunsets.
Praia da Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
A backwater fishing village until backpackers discovered it in the 1970s, Praia da Pipa is a favorite weekend retreat for locals in nearby large cities such as Recife and a respected Northeast Brazil stop for global travelers as well.
A number of international visitors came here and never left, staying on to run small pousadas or restaurants.
The attractions are obvious -- a beautiful natural setting, with steep pink cliffs rising above the sand and remnants of the great Atlantic Forest that once draped this coast still alive and verdant.
There's plenty to do -- surfing, dolphin-watching, sand-boarding.
At night, Pipa village is packed with cafes and bars where you can meet and greet and knock back caipirinhas.