Explore Brazil’s lovely Coconut Coast to the northeast, where you will tour a centuries-old Portuguese fort, see how sea turtles have been protected, and relax on a popular beach.
Depart from the pier and begin a leisurely drive northeast along Coconut Road, a delightful thoroughfare that follows the palm-lined coast. Arriving in Praia do Forte, known as Castle Beach, you will explore the ruins of the 16th-century fortress Garcia D’Avila. One of the few remaining feudal forts in the Americas, it was built by Portuguese as a defense against French and Dutch invasions and pirate attacks.
Continuing on, you will walk to the headquarters of the Tamar Project, a government-backed alliance dedicated to protecting the sea turtles that live in the surrounding waters. Over the last three decades, the project has grown to serve dozens of coastal communities and has saved the lives of an estimated nine million turtles. By promoting ecotourism, the project has also provided employment for hundreds of Brazilians. It’s a fascinating success story that you will discover firsthand by observing some of the turtles that are being rehabilitated.
Then, after a traditional Brazilian buffet lunch at a nearby restaurant and free time for shopping, you will drive to Guarajuba Beach where you will be afforded some additional free time to enjoy its pleasures. Afterwards, you will return to the pier in Salvador.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be uneven, cobblestone and sandy surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Guests should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing (swimwear underneath for those who wish to swim at the beach); sun cap; sunglasses; a towel from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Flash photography of the turtles or any wildlife is prohibited. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.