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Recife, Brazil

Recife (pronounced "he-si-fee") is an enchanting port city named for the coral reefs that align its coasts. Recife is brimming with vibrant culture and gorgeous beaches and is a major draw for tourists from all over during Carnaval, one of the biggest parties in the world. In Recife, the waters are crystal clear, excitement is everywhere, and you will find yet another great stop on your vacation.

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Recife, Brazil

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Pick a beach. Any beach. No one comes to Recife without planning some serious time in the sand. Its coast is one of the most beautiful in Brazil and the Boa Viagem beach is one of the best known in Brazil. There are plenty of vendors serving food and drinks where you sit, so you can relax and enjoy a cerveja (the Portuguese word for beer). The beach is a short drive from Recife, known as the "Venice of Brazil," and is easily accessible via frequent bus service.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Casa da Cultura, a former prison converted into a handicraft market,is the place to find the best artisan crafts. The cells now serve as shops.
  • Pastel-colored stucco houses and meticulously restored Baroque churches line the shady streets of historic Olinda, a quaint UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting impressive scenic views.

Sporting Adventures

Brazil is a soccer-mad country and Recife fits right in. You'll definitely want to take a tour of Arruda Stadium, where the local club teams play. If you're fortunate, a game may even be going on when you're there. But you will definitely see many kids playing in the streets, all hoping to be the next great star for the Brazilian national team. And you certainly won't want to miss out on the abundance of water sports action. There is a ton to do like water skiing, sailing, and windsurfing.

Shopping for Bargains

The main shopping centers in Recife are Shopping Recife, Tacaruna, Shopping Guararapes, and Plaza Shopping. They offer a great selection of shops, a bowling alley, movie theaters, and various restaurants where you can sample the local specialties. Mercado São José, across the river from Recife Antigo, is a fabulous place to buy jewelry made of coconut, palm fronds, and different seeds, plus adorable rag dolls and straw bags.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

One of the finest local delicacies of Recife is a popular soup called Caldinho, which comes in a variety of flavors from black bean to shrimp, and is made with bacon bits and fried garlic. Also, you won't want to miss the Bolo de Rolo, a delicious paper-thin cake, rolled with a filling of guava paste.

Local Currency

The local currency is the Brazilian Real. Take note, taxis and buses at the airport only accept Brazilian currency in cash. But credit cards are widely accepted in most stores and restaurants.

Weather in Recife, Brazil


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 86.4° 30.22°
Average Low 72.3° 22.39°
Mean Temperature 80° 26.67°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 4.1 in 10.41 cm

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