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Originally posted on Heather & Fred's Excellent Adventure:
Fred here. After our couple of days in Salvador, it was time for some true beach R & R. We boarded the high speed catamaran from Salvador on a Monday morning for a 2.5 hour ride south, bound for Morro de São Paolo, a village on the island of Tinharé. Our original plan was to be in Morro for about 5 days but we met an Italian guy named Roberto in Salvador who said we needed to check out another island called Boipeba that was a bit more off the beaten path. I’ll get to that shortly. Let’s start with Morro. Arriving at the port we were quickly accosted by ‘taxi drivers’. These taxi drivers aren’t what us city folk are used, or what anyone is used to for that matter. They’re wheelbarrow toting locals, looking to help you with your bags to wherever your staying. In a majority of the town there are no real roads, just cobblestone, boardwalks or sand foot paths, so getting around you’re reliant on your own two legs. The walk to our posada from the port was about 25 minutes. Given the incredible heat and looking for a quick lesson on the village we hired one of the wheelbarrow guys to lead us.
Just up from the port is the main square. From there you follow the path out to the beaches. There are three beaches, aptly called 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 1st beach is quiet and when there are waves is the place for surfing. 2nd beach is pretty much where everything is going on. Big beach with lots of restaurants, clubs, and so on. 3rd beach was our spot and a bit quieter. It took about 5 minutes to go from one beach to the other. Once beyond 3rd beach you’re outside of the village and you start to get more unspoiled sandy stretches with tons of really cool tide pools.