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Praia do Forte

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The main attraction in '''Praia do Forte''' is a beach and a coastal village in the [http://www.praiadoforte.org.br/[Brazil|Brazilian]] [[Bahia | state of Bahia]] is the "Projeto Tamar" turtle sanctuary , 82 km north of [[http://www.projetotamar.org.br/Salvador]]. The sanctuary has pools where you can see several varieties Despite being overpriced and tourist-oriented without any disguise, it is probably one of turtle the most beautiful and various kinds pleasant spots of the [[Northeast (Brazil)|Northeast]] of fish the country, and is worth a visit. Entry fee is 7 reais. The town of Praia do Forte seems good way to exist mainly for tourists to buy turtle-themed items but it is an interesting area with a nearby ecological reserve relax from the noise and there are several pousadas and apartments that can be rented for longer periodscrowds of [[Salvador]].
[[Image:PraiaDoForteLighthouse.jpg|thumb|Lighthouse from the beach at Praia do Forte]]
==Get in==
Praia do Forte is 1.5 - 2 hrs on a bus from [[Salvador]].
You can get the bus from [[Calçada]] (near the bottom of the Lacerda lift) or from the rodoviária (bus station). The bus costs 6.5 reais (May 2006).
Salvador's airport is to the northeast of the town, giving easy access to Praia do Forte if you want to by-pass Salvador itself. Car rental is available from several companies. Buses leave from the airport at 10.30 and 14.30 for Praia do Forte.
==Get around==
==See==
* '''Projeto Tamar''' is a successful environmental project designed to save the sea turtles in Praia do Forte. The project is located in a protected area of the Atlantic Forest. [[Image:TurtleProjetoTamar.jpg|thumb|A Turtle in a tank at Projeto Tamar]]* <see name="Projeto Tamar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.projetotamar.org.br/" hours="" price="R$ 7">A successful environmental project in Praia do Forte. TAMAR stands for Tartarugas Marinhas (Sea Turtles). The Project is a non-profit organization with its main objective being to protect sea turtles from extinction on the Brazilian coastline. Praia do Forte is one of 22 bases of the project along the Brazilian coast, which have now released close to 10mn turtles into the Atlantic. In the visitors area, you will find pools with turtles and different types of sea animals, and can even touch them. At certain times of the day, you can also watch the young turtles being released to the sea.</see>
==Do==
*'''Shopping''' - There are many shops that nice boutiques and they don't just sell bikinis, t-shirts and other turtle -themed souvenirs.
*'''The Beach''' - The beach is very nice. When the tide is out there are tide pools that are full of sea life. Farther down on the beach, past Projeto Tamar there is a great place for swimming. There are a lot of fish and you don't even need a snorkel and mask to see them. After seeing Projeto Tamar, spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, swimming in the ocean or exploring the tide pools. It's not uncommon to see a whale surface past the breaking waves.
* '''Bicycle hire.''' Several good trails are available.
* '''Surfing and paragliding'''.
 
*'''Capoeira''' You can train for example with Grupo Esporão with some great teachers as Contra-Mestre Fuampa or Professor Macaco.
==Buy==
 
 
* <buy name="Loja Brasil Açu" alt="" address="Avenida ACM" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Carvings, sculptures, and other works of art from Bahia.</buy>
 
* <buy name="Loja Mulher Rendeira" alt="" address="Avenida ACM" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Local handicrafts and women's clothes</buy>
 
* <buy name="Sancy Brazil" alt="" address="Avedida ACM, Praça da Música" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.sancybrazil.com.br/" hours="" price="">Precious stones and jewelry.</buy>
*<buy name="Castelo Garcia D'avila" alt="" address="Praia do Forte" directions="Very near Praia do forte, on the way in, take first turning right and go to end of the road." phone="" url="http://www.brasil-turismo.com/bahia/castelo-garcia.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A wonderful 500 year old ruined castle, one of the first Portuguese colonial settlements in Brazil. It has been very well excavated and has a little museum.
It also has fantastic views of the coast and offers great photographic opportunities. If you are going to Praia Do Forte, you should not miss this, as it is so close, about a 10 minute taxi ride.
For some reason, it is not well publicized and many people never go there, so you will pretty much have the place to yourselves.</buy>
 
==Eat==
 
* <buy name="Boutique do Sorvete" alt="" address="Alameda do Sol" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="10.00 to the last customer" price="">Great ice cream shop, where you can buy by weight. All sorts of toppings.</buy>
* <eat name="Kasato" alt="" address="Alameda do Linguado" directions="" phone="" email="[email protected] " fax="" url="http://www.kasato.com.br/" hours="" price="">Brazil has more Japanese than anywhere except Japan. So expect its Japanese restaurants to be good.</eat>
 
* <eat name="O Terreiro Bahia" alt="" address="Alameda do Linguado " directions="near the parking area" phone="(71) 3676.1754" email="" fax="" url="http://www.terreirobahia.com.br/" hours="" price="">Recipes from around Brazil with an emphasis on those from Bahia.</eat>
==Drink==
* <drink name="Cafe do Forte" alt="" address="Alameda do Sol 180" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cafedoforte.com.br/" hours="" price="">A selection of 50 wines; some nice sandwiches and snacks to go with them, and some good coffee to finish.</drink>
 
* <drink name="Tango Cafe" alt="" address="Alameda do Sol" directions="" phone="(71) 3676.1637" email="" fax="" url="http://www.tangocafe.com.br/" hours="" price="">Cakes, ice creams, snacks, sandwiches, and good music.</drink>
* <drink name="Bar do Souza" alt="" address="beginning of Alameda do Sol" directions="" phone="(71) 3676.1129" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Bar famous for its fried fish balls.</drink>
==Sleep==
Many of the hotels and pousadas in this area seem reluctant to quote their rates on their web sites. Use the booking service on the web site to get a quote.
 
[[Image:Praia do Forte.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Church by the sea at Praia do Forte]]
===Budget===
 
* <sleep name="Pousada Solar das Estrelas" alt="" address="Alameda das Estrelas 31" directions="" phone="36760274" email="" fax="" url="http://www.solardasestrelas.com.br/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Praia do Forte Hostel (Albergue)" alt="" address="Rua da Aurora 3" directions="" phone="(71)36761094" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.albergue.com.br/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dormitory R$40: double R$100-140, extra for air conditioning."></sleep>
===Mid-range===
* <sleep name="Hotel Eco Atlantico" alt="" address="" directions="On the southern edge of the village." phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ecoatlantico.com.br/teaser/index.php" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Porto da Lua" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.ecoatlanticoportodalua.com.br/teaser" checkin="" checkout="" price="">the only hotel right on the beach.</indexsleep>* <sleep name="Pousada Ogum Marinho" alt="" address="Alameda do Sol" directions="Streets have no numbers but a distinctive sea horse painting on the wall tells you when you have arrived" phone="71 3676-1165" email="[email protected].phpbr" fax="" url="http://www.ogummarinho.com.br/" checkin="" checkout="" price="R$250 for a double">26 rooms on One of the first pousadas in the beachvillage.</sleep>
===Splurge===
* <sleep name="Praia do Forte Eco Resort" alt="" address="" directions="500m before you get to the village of Praia do Forte" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.praiadoforteecoresort.com.br/ing/home.asp" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$370 for a double inc. breakfast, dinner and most activities. If you have flexibility try negotiating by phone when you arrive in Brazil">Expensive resort but one of the nicest in Brazil. Lots of things to do, many with an ecological orientation. On the beach, lots of space and many nearby walks. Popular with birdwatchers. Excellent club for children up to 11. Vast quantities of food at breakfast and dinner buffets.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Iberostar Bahia" alt="" address="" directions="just north of Praia do Forte town." phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.iberostar.com/EN/Salvador-de-Bahia-hotels/Iberostar-Bahia_3_109.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$250+ for a double">Massive, new hotel on the beach with 632 rooms. Already receiving good reviews. All-inclusive rates, including the entitlement to raid the mini bar.</sleep>
==Get out==
 *'''[[Salvador]]'''. Some people fly in, stay in Praia do Forte for a week, fly out again and never see Salvador. It is only an hour and a half to downtown and to miss Salvador would be a big mistake. {{IsInIsPartOf|BahiaCoconut Coast}}{{outlineusable}}
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