Jeribucaçu Beach is a little off the beaten path. But it’s also the place to go for steady surf, an adventurous walk and a stretch of sand that’s cunningly tucked away in the middle of the jungle. It’ll be ideal for you if you don’t want to share your beach time with many other people.
It’s a bit of a trek downhill to get to – followed by a bit of a climb back up. So be sure to save some energy if you’re going surfing!
That said, it’s also a beach not everyone will get around to seeing, with a sweet mangrove river system and a relatively private location ideal for keen surfers who want to know what they’re getting.
What is the surf at Jeribucaçu like?
Many locals would argue that Praia de Jeribucaçu is a more consistently good place to go surfing than the better-known Tiririca, which can be very busy in the tourist season. You need around 3-4 feet of swell for the surf to be up.
The underlying topography of the beach is mainly set areas of sand and rocks. This means that the surf here is reliable and fairly regular throughout the year, though the winter season is the best time to visit if you’re doing so with your board.
There are two waves:
- 1. A heavy left-hander – a longer wave which breaks into the right-hand corner from the center.
- 2. A heavy right-hander – a shorter wave which breaks into the center of the beach from the right-hand corner.
Is there anything else to do here?
The beach environs are truly beautiful. There is a mangrove river system close by, which is rife for a little exploring. If you visit at low tide you will also find lots of little pools, often with little fish in them which have been left behind by the warm, retreating water.
Also at low tide, you will see the beach’s large lagoon. You can go swimming or paddle or relax here or in the little river (though do be sure to top up your sun protection!) until high tide when the water comes in and the sea and river become one.
Are there any facilities?
The beach is a little far out of the way to have much in the way of facilities.
There are, however, several small huts which sell fresh-caught grilled fish (delicious – taste it) and the ever-popular tapiocas, with vegan and vegetarian options, a local delicacy of the region. If you haven’t had them already, there are few better spots to try one out.
Make sure you take a little cash with you if you’re thinking about buying anything.
How to get to Jeribucaçu beach
Praia de Jeribucaçu isn’t the easiest beach to get to. It’s a very steep decline to reach the beach and quite a strenuous walk back up. This does have the advantage of making sure that only the committed actually reach it though!
To get to Jeribucaçu, you need to find the start of the trail. It’s essentially a dirt track which leads to the beach. You’ll find the start around 9 kilometres from Itacaré on the road to Ilhéus (BA-001). You’ll probably need to take a taxi or bus to get there.
The walk goes through some forested jungle which is actually private property (you’re allowed access though). It takes around 30 minutes or less for a reasonably fit person. The views are certainly worth it!
Praia de Jeribucaçu – a good spot to visit on your trip to Itacaré
Whether you’re visiting Itacaré for the capoeira for which the area is well-known, you’ve been to the Spirit Vine Center for one of the ayahuasca retreats Brazil is becoming known for or you’re simply touring this lush, vibrant part of the world, Jeribucaçu is an interesting place to see.
The reliable waves and the sense of adventure you get from actually making it to the beach add a little flavor to this beautiful natural location.