Surfing in Brazil

Surfing guide to Brazil,

Brazil has 3 main surf areas. There are 108 surf spots and 2 surf holidays. Go explore!

Overview of surfing in Brazil

The term Brazil can conjure up many different vibes in the surfing world. From somewhat lackluster CT events, to a reputation in lineups that may or may not be earned, a lot has been said about the country of Brazil and its people. Some things, however, are indisputable: Brazil is the largest country in South America and has a huge amount of surfable coastline (more than Chile?); as the past 10 years on the CT can attest to, there are plenty of highly talented locals; Brazilians can be incredibly welcoming when visiting surfers are respectful; and this country knows how to have a good time. Brazil offers something for anyone, a cheap and remote surf trip, a city adventure filled with waves, or a luxury getaway with a partner. This country is incredibly rich in culture, vibrant cities, and beautiful landscapes.

The Surf

Brazil boasts a long and varied coastline which lends itself to good wave variety. Brazil is very well known for it plethora of beach breaks. This reputation is well founded and most of the coastline is peppered with surfable stretches of sand. There are some reefs and point breaks as well. These breaks are at times closely guarded and a bit more crowded, although a patient and respectful surfer will find no issues. The surf here is suitable for all levels, a great place to learn and a great place to get some serious waves from the south Atlantic.

Top Surf Spots

Cacimba do Padre

Cacimba do Padre is a left hand reef break found on the island of Fernando de Noronha. This break barrels hard and offers a decent length ride before shutting down into the beach break. Enjoy the awesome visions and the lovely setting.


This beach break is called home by Gabriel Medina, at least when he was growing up. This break is very consistent and will offer everything from crumbly peelers to gaping barrels. Make sure to check the forecast and pack the right board. Have fun!


This is one of the more exposed beaches and generally will have some waves. The best conditions will offer up powerful sections for the experienced surfer. This is the beach the CT visits every year, which should tell you it is consistent and at times epic. Take care and explore the surrounding beaches as well if the conditions are not to your liking.

Accommodation Information

Brazil has a very wide variety of accommodation options. This country will have all of the low budget camping options available as long as you are away from the cities. There are plenty of hostels, surf hostels, and airbnbs as well. Hotels and luxury resorts are also available in most of the country. Take some time to research exactly what you’d like, and book away!

The Good
Huge coastline
Year round surf
Amazing culture
Plenty of amenities
The Bad
Not always the highest wave quality
Locals could be aggressive in the lineup
Cities can be expensive
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2 Best Surf Resorts and Camps in Brazil

Getting there

Surf Regions

It may be rather crude, but it is possible to divide Brazil into only two distinct regions: The Northeastern facing coastline and the Southeastern facing coastline. There are a couple islands, Fernando de Noronha and Santa Catarina which fall into the Northeast facing coast and Southeast facing coast respectively. The Northeastern coastline will get swell from November to April from the North Atlantic. The Southeastern will receive swell during May to October. Therefore it is important to pick your destination appropriately with the season when traveling to Brazil. It may be firing in the North and completely flat in the South on the same day.

Access to Surf and Location

It is very easy to arrive to Brazil, one must simply fly into one of the many international airports that are widely spread throughout the country. From there most surf spots are accessible by road, so a car is a great idea. Alternatively one can stay in the center of a surf town or area like Florianopolis and be able to walk to the surf. Some of the more remote areas will require a small plane to get too and perhaps a boat to access spots.

Visa and Entry/Exit Information

Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality, however most countries will have no issues acquiring a visa and some countries can even stay visa free. Most passports must be valid for six months after arrival. Check the government website for more information about health requirements and other information.

The 108 best Surf spots in Brazil

Overview of surfing spots in Brazil


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Canto Bravo

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Canto Do Leblon

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Surf spot overview

Lineup Lowdown

Brazil is one of the most passionate countries when it comes to surfing. Plenty of top pros have evolved from the beachbreaks along the coastline. The beach lifestyle is also integral to many aspects of society in Brazil. The beaches, especially the popular ones, are sights to see and must be witnessed to be understood. Local surfers can be testy, so make sure to show respect and follow all etiquette rules.

Surf seasons and when to go

The best time of the year to surf in Brazil

As discussed above, there is surf year round in Brazil depending on the coastline that you find yourself on. Go to the North for the months of November to April and the South for the months of May to October.

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Activities Other Than Surf

Brazil, known for its lively culture and breathtaking landscapes, offers an abundance of activities beyond surfing. For the urban explorer, cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are vibrant hubs of culture, music, and cuisine, offering a glimpse into Brazil’s diverse heritage. Iconic attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio provide spectacular views and photo opportunities. Nature enthusiasts can embark on an adventure in the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, or explore the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland area, for incredible wildlife viewing. Brazilian cuisine, with its rich flavors and diverse dishes, is a must-try, especially the traditional feijoada and street foods like acarajé. The country is also famous for its lively festivals, with Carnival being the most renowned, featuring colorful parades, energetic music, and samba dancing.


In Brazil, the official language is Portuguese, which is spoken throughout the country. English is commonly spoken in major tourist areas and within the surf community, making it relatively easy for international visitors to communicate. However, learning basic Portuguese phrases can significantly enhance your experience, as it demonstrates respect for the local culture and often leads to more meaningful interactions with locals. Simple greetings like “Olá” (Hello) and “Obrigado” (Thank you) are appreciated and can open doors to friendlier conversations and assistance when needed.


The currency used in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Brazil caters to a wide range of budgets, from luxurious resorts to budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses. Costs in tourist hotspots and major cities tend to be higher, while more rural and less-traveled areas can offer more affordable options. For day-to-day expenses, while credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas, it’s advisable to have cash on hand when traveling to more remote surfing locations. Budgeting for your trip should include considerations for accommodation, meals, transportation, and surf-related expenses.

Cell Coverage/WiFi

Brazil boasts good mobile network coverage in urban areas, major tourist destinations, and along the coast, where most surf spots are located. Visitors can purchase local SIM cards for easy and affordable access to the Brazilian cellular network. WiFi is readily available in hotels, restaurants, and cafes, particularly in major cities and tourist areas. However, in remote locations such as the Amazon region or some less-developed surf spots, connectivity can be limited. It’s advisable to plan accordingly if you need regular access to the internet, especially in these areas.

Get Moving!

Brazil is a destination that offers an enriching blend of thrilling surf experiences and vibrant cultural immersion. It’s a country where every type of surfer can find waves to suit their skill level, set against the backdrop of some of the world’s most stunning coastal scenery. Beyond the waves, Brazil’s rich heritage, from its pulsating cities to its tranquil natural wonders, provides an endless array of experiences. The warmth and hospitality of the Brazilian people add to the charm of visiting this diverse and dynamic country. Whether you’re paddling out into the Atlantic for a sunrise session or dancing to samba rhythms at a local festival, Brazil promises an unforgettable adventure. It’s not just a surf trip; it’s a journey through a land brimming with passion, rhythm, and natural beauty.

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