It is common to have doubts before going to a holiday destination you do not know.
Therefore, it is always good to know what the weather will be like, means of transport to get to your destination, what to pack, and some characteristics of the selected place and thus, a perfect holiday will be guaranteed.
We will give you all the information about what happens in Morro de São Paulo for you to have a funny and restful stay and avoid any inconvenience.
Upon arrival in Morro de São Paulo, visitors have to pay a tourism tax of R$10.00 that is charged by the city of Cairu. This value is individual and collected only once at the entrance of the island, on the pier or the runaways for the ones arriving by plane. Children under 5 years old, adults over 65 and residents of the island and the cities of the Southern Bahía are exempt from this fee.
It is important to know the high and low season months since that will influence the cost of your stay. In the low season (between May and June) the prices of the inns and hotels are more accessible although it is the rainiest period. During these months you can enjoy the island since there are not so many tourists and the prices are lower, as long as it does not rain so much. From July to September you will find plenty of European tourists visiting this paradise.
During these months, the temperature goes down at night but sunny days are guaranteed. What is more, you can take a boat ride for whale watching since this is the best time to spot humpback whales.
In high season including the months of December, January and February, the prices are higher and the hotels and inns of Morro de São Paulo may be packed, that is why it is necessary to book in advance. The weather, hot and sunny, allows beautiful beach days. At night, it continues being hot with very little rain. On public holidays and dates like New Year´s Eve and the after the Carnival (Resaca de Carnaval) is when Morro de São Paulo receives its maximum capacity. Therefore, it is advisable to make a reservation in advance so as not to have trouble finding the accommodation of your choice.
The luggage to travel to Morro de São Paulo is quite simple. The atmosphere in the island is informal, simple and you can wear summer clothes. Light clothing is the best option such as dresses, skirts, shorts, blouses, t-shirts, and bathing suits for women of all ages whereas for men shorts, t-shirts or shirts as well as the swimming trunks. As the streets and alleys are not far and there are no cars, it is advisable not to take big bags so as to carry them easily, being a backpack the most ideal choice. Otherwise, local guys will take your luggage in a wheelbarrow if you give them some Reales (R$).
Considering the simplicity of this small village and its streets, it is very important to wear comfortable shoes. Sandals are the most popular with women and men. There are some shops in Morro de São Paulo where you can find sandals as the same price as in the city. Do not even think about high heels! You can wear platform shoes although we recommend you flat sandals. If you like going on eco-walking tours, comfortable running shoes are advisable.
Morro de Sao Paulo is surrounded by jungle so there are mosquitos and other insects. Do not forget to take repellent. Energy there is 220v therefore pay attention to your device´s voltage or if they are 100-220v.
In the village you can find shops, restaurants, inns, small shops, pharmacies, a police station as well as a health center and doctors thanks to the collaborations of the tourism rate. There is also a doctor´s office in the First Beach on Rua da Prainha Street, if you want to be assisted by a private doctor. This office accepts several international health insurances, offering assistance to foreigners.
Generally, the shops in Morro de São Paulo are opened every day all along the year. The timetable depends on the tourists and the period of the year. In the low season, supermarkets usually open at 7am and close at 9pm; pharmacies open at 8.30 am and close at 10pm; and shops may vary. Normally they open at 10am and close at 22pm. In high season, shops may extend their timetable, closing at midnight.
In Morro de São Paulo there are no banks but there is a lottery shop that belongs to the bank Caixa Económica Federal where you can withdraw money from both banks Caixa Economica Federal and Banco de Brazil, an ATM from Banco de Brazil and another one from Bradesco. The maximum amount you can withdraw is R$1000.00. As ATMs usually run out of money, several inns, restaurants and shops accept credit cards, however, not all. Therefore, it is advisable for you to take cash with you.
If you are concerned about food, you will find a great variety of dishes in the restaurants. Most of them serve complete dishes with different prices, from simple dishes for only R$10.00 per person to most varied dishes with typical food, seafood, read meat or pasta for approximately R$60.00 for two people. Restaurants vary widely such as Italian and Japanese restaurants, pizza shops, crepe shops and self-service restaurants. You can also taste delicious menus in high cuisine restaurants with skilful chefs.
Street Sellers in the beach, specially in the Second Beach, offer natural sandwiches. Small kiosks sell sweets and delicious cakes.
Do not forget to take your sun-tan lotion since it is necessary for both the beach and the daytime walkings.
Following these tips, your journeys will be awesome, without unexpected events, Now, book in advance, pack your clothes and come to enjoy this paradise: Morro de São Paulo.