Monday, June 8, 2009

Beaches of Bombinhas (Bom-bean-yas)--click this title for video

A little over an hour’s drive from where we lived in Brasil, is an area of beaches that is absolutely stunning. I have collectively called this Bombinhas, but each little stretch of beach carved out of the ocean has its own name. We spent an entire day in this area a couple of times and it is well worth it. There is so much beauty, from the top of the hills looking down into protected coves, to the palm tree infested beaches, to the sparkling aquamarine waters, nothing is more relaxing and refreshing than this area of Santa Catarina.

This area also boasts some of the best deep sea diving in the area. Although I do not dive, I was assured by friends who do that it is a must for divers. If you do not dive, there are lots of other things to do, such as boat excursions, taking a drive along the winding road, up and down the hills, through the various villages to check out the numerous beaches, each one unique. One of our favorite villages is Porto Belo, which is a bit on the touristy side, but not in an obnoxious way. When you drive the winding road up to the top of the hill, you can find a little lanchonete to sit, relax, and grab a snack, all the while looking down on the picturesque cove dotted with small fishing boats and the occasional cruise ship from Argentina.

Every one of us has a list of favorite things to do in life. The drive to Porto Belo is at the top of my list--not to be marked off, but simply to dream that again, one day, I’ll be able to return to this beautiful place.

Till then, ciao!

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