The 9 Best Things to Do in Mata de Sao Joao, Brazil

December 16, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Mata de São João is a municipality in the state of Bahia in the North-East region of Brazil. It covers 632.26 km (244.12 sq mi) and a population of 46,392 (2016 est.). Mata de São João has a population density of 73 inhabitants per square kilometer. It is located 56 km (35 mi) from the state capital of Bahia, Salvador.
Restaurants in Mata de Sao Joao

1. Open Air Marine Turtle Museum

Avenida Farol Garcia D_avila, s/n, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil 557136761045
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 445 reviews

Open Air Marine Turtle Museum

Reviewed By cgmota - Gainesville, Florida

This museum explore the turtle preservation marketing (Tamar project - a non-profit organization dedicated to preserve the sea turtles in Brazilian Shores). In name of the preservation of turtles (ha ha ha), they made a "turtle zoo" with no attractions, only few species. The place has not enough infrastructure, where the people made great lines to restroom, no water Fountains, and the turtles are living in a dirty, and without maintenance, tanks. The gift shop has a sort of overpriced items that I refused to buy anything. What a shame place.I'll never back there again. Also, I hope you never do there too.

2. Praia de Santo Antonio

Estrada do Coco, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 419 reviews

Praia de Santo Antonio

Reviewed By tom h - Brasilia, DF

This is the quietest beach between Praia do Forte and Costa de Sauipe. Great for solitude surf and sea view. You will encounter donkeys and goats from the village. It is a perfect place to be idle. Access is also a little difficult. Follow the signs from the village. Beach access is good for people who like to Hike especially from Costa de sauipe i.e. along the beach to the south west from the resort at costa de sauipe and around the first point there you are! Access from imbassai is a longer 30-45 minutes if you are walking and only try that at or near low tide when the beach sand is firm, a few hours later and you will have only soft sand dunes which will tire you on your trip. So set out a couple of hours before low tide and walk back a couple of hours after. That way your walk will be idyllic coming and going.
Infrastructure is Basic, i.e. modern public sanitation facilities essentially missing. The beach barracas are similarly basic but fun to talk to the owners and have a bottled water or beer, but I have never risked anything other than that.( If you want to eat go to a restaurant in the village, the best known being "Sombra de mangueira" in Diogo which is well worth the trip).

3. Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila

Praia do Forte | Dentro do acesso de Praia do Forte, subindo a colina Tatuapara, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil 71-3676-1133
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 755 reviews

Castelo da Torre de Garcia D'Avila

Reviewed By tom h - Brasilia, DF

When I wrote on this attraction recently I was surprised to find two separate threads in Tripadvisor, this one i.e. Castelo Garcia d'Avila and the less frequented thread with the official name "Casa de Torre Garcia d'Avila"
Moreover the address seems to be somewhat confused therefore I post a picture of the route from downtown Praia do Forte to the site. As an aside all of the beach towns on this coast have there own name but the municipalities that govern them include a very large area with a separate name taken from the administrative center. Which in this case" Mata de Sao Joao" is well away from both Praia do forte beach and from the site of the attraction. see second map.

4. Parque Aquatico Rolf

Rodovia BA km 093 45, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia, Brazil +55(71)3645-1014
Excellent
37%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Parque Aquatico Rolf

Reviewed By Cleu2013 - County Galway, Ireland

Excelente local para almoço em família, espaço amplo, e com boa opção de cardápio. Tem estacionamento, aceita cartão de crédito e ainda tem onde deixar as crianças brincando. Banheiros limpos e preço acessível.

5. Praia Pedra do Chapeu

Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia, Brazil
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Praia Pedra do Chapeu

Reviewed By tom h - Brasilia, DF

This used to be one of the loveliest Beaches close to Praia do Forte and for people staying in a pousada close bye it can be very nice. However there is very little parking close bye so if you need that be sure to get there early on weekend days and holidays.
Now however in the high season December January and February the area is very crowded. The piscinas naturais are crowded and the beach covered by ambulante vendors. It is dirty with waste paper discarded wrappers and so on. Moreover there is no provision for sanitary needs which means that bathers will walk into the tidal pools in large numbers while a voiding each other.
With herds of tourists snorkeling it has changed from a quiet pleasant experience to an exercise in communal swimming in the tidal pools chummed up with bread to attract feeding fish and non swimmers standing with a middle distance gaze.
To make it even nicer the cost of a sun shade and four folding chairs is up to 30 Reais for rental and you have not even had a beer yet.
My suggestion would be mid week, and avoid on weekends and holidays during high season

6. Parque Municipal klaus Peters

Avenida do Farol, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Parque Municipal klaus Peters

Reviewed By CHAPEAUSH - Ushuaia, Argentina

Se ingresa por la Avda. do Farol al lado de la Laguna Timeantube.
El sendero esta cuidado y señalizado, con carteles explicativos, acerca de la flora y fauna del entorno.
Puede hacerse caminando o en bicicleta. Duracion aproximada 3 hs. Segun el sendero que tomen sale a la ciudad o a la playa.
Es recomendable ir temprano, a partir de las 7 am, porque es un ambiente caluroso.
Importante: llevar agua, protector solar y calzado adecuado.
Para visitar.

7. BSE Bahia Service Express

Alameda Das Bromelias | Pousada Cajiba, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil +55 71 99990 9198
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

BSE Bahia Service Express

The Bahia Service Express (BSE) offers airport transfer (in and out) and also transport services to connect the main touristic hot spots along the north coast of Bahia/Brazil, as Salvador, Imbassai, Praia do Forte, Costa do Sauipe, Aracaju, among others. We also offer several outdoor recreations, such as: kayaking along the river, hiking in nature, and horseback riding on Beaches, tropical wood

Reviewed By tom h - Brasilia, DF

I have recently reviewed this service from the perspective of its car services which are exceptional. But since then I have had the opportunity to do the kaiaking down the river Imbassai from Diogo to the outskirts of the town. Jones was our guide, the kaiaks were comfortable and easy to maneuver and going down river gave the very best opportunity to observe the fabulous bird life through the pantanal in total seclusion and quiet. It is a fabulous opportunity to get away from the noise of the town and the forced happy happy happy activity of the local resorts. Here you can really relax and observe. The three hour excursion is so relaxing, interesting, and informative that not to do this trip is a real lost opportunity.
Similarly a walk through the Atlantic rain forest with Thomas as our quite was stimulating and interesting in the variety of natural attractions and wildlife that you have an opportunity to see. I never realized how fast a Capivara can run when threatened, how many birds and how many botanical species exist along the trail, not to mention the Imbassai river Waterfalls pools and solitude with nature that reflect the way Atlantic rain forest was designed and meant to be in nature. Don't miss it it is just too good.
Jones and Thomas in conjunction with BSE will made our holiday really interesting and memorable.

8. Praia do Forte Beach

Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil 71-99940498
Excellent
25%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Praia do Forte Beach

Reviewed By Rafael L - Votorantim, SP

Belíssima praia, um tesouro escondido localizado no interior do vilarejo de pescadores do Forte.
Muito comércio, vendedores, restaurantes, opções de passeios de mergulho, bugs e as vezes rola um show por la.
Possui uma igreja.
O ponto negativo é ter muitas pedras no início do mar, dificultando os passos dos banhistas.

9. Gel Mergulhos

Alameda da Gaivota | Em Frente ao Residencial Vivendas do Farol, Mata de Sao Joao, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil
Excellent
100%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Gel Mergulhos

Rent Of Diving Equipment, And We Also Have Diving With Photos, Where The Customer Will Take Unique Records. Come Live This Experience.

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