In Brazil, life's a beach

Far removed from the non-stop rhythm and glamour of the Rio Carnival, Brazil boasts some of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in the world.

From Jeri to Florianopolis, Brazil is home to beaches that border on perfection. Indeed, there are so many candidates for the title of 'most beautiful' that it would be hard to list them all, let alone rank them in any kind of order. Maybe this isn't surprising given that the country has more than 9,000 kilometres of coastline and most of the continent's beaches.  Maceio, Espelho, Porto Belo, Florianopolis, Ilha Grande, Fernando de Noronha, Itacare, Jericoacoara, Pipa, Porto de Galinhas... the exotic names of some of the most noteworthy. What is it that makes a beach appealing? The clear turquoise sea? Fine white sands?  Stunning sandstone cliffs? A fringe of coconut palms? Whether you're more interested in the activities on offer, from scuba diving to surfing to sailing, or whether you just want to lay back and enjoy the sunshine, Brazil has the place for you. Join us as we take a look:

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Lençois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
The stunning silver dunes of the Lençois Maranhenses National Park reach heights of up to 40 metres 

Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Angra dos Reis boasts 365 islands – one for every day of the year – with around 2,000 beaches 

Jericoacoara, Brazil
The white sands and clear water of Jericoacoara, in the state of Ceara, renowned for its wildlife 

Brava beach, Armaçao dos Buzios, Brazil
Brava beach, Armaçao dos Buzios, is one of around 20 beaches in the area 

Fernando de Noronha archipelago, Brazil
The impressive Morro de Pico outcrop stands watch over this secluded beach on the Fernando de Noronha archipelago 

Lençois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
The Lençois Maranhenses National Park is a stunning landscape of sand dunes and lagoons 

Lençois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
A regular annual rainy season renews the fresh-water lagoons of the Lençois Maranhenses National Park 

Paraty beach, Brazil
Paraty beach is part of Rio de Janeiro's 'Green Coast' 

Boa Viagem beach, Brazil
Boa Viagem beach, whose name is the Portuguese equivalent of bon voyage 

Ponta do Seixas, Brazil
Ponta do Seixas is the easternmost point not just of Brazil but of the whole continent of America