Lars Alfredson
Fri 28 Jan 2011 15:31
We are now inMaceio, state of Alagoas, arrived yesterday afternoon after a fantastic sail,
which I missed for about one hour due to a power nap.
                          Pajucara beach                                                                        Jangadas

Dawnpedia ... The capital of the Alagoas State has wonderful beaches, and the color of sea varies
from emerald green to blue, but the water is always clear.
The sand is white and there are a lot of coconut plantations. The Maceió's sea has natural pools and
reefs a few meters off the coast, that can be accessed by many boat or raft sailings.
The Mundaú lake is other option to the lovers of sailing and bathing in transparent water.
At night, Pajuçara's beach and also Jaraguá's quarter is crowded of people,
which have ancient warehouses turned into bars. The famous craft laces from Maceió can be acquired
in Portal da Barra, directly from the craftswomen. The restaurants of the city serves dishes of different
specialties, mainly those that serve fishes and seafoods. The urban beaches of Maceió are Pajuçara,
Sete Coqueiros, Ponta Verde and Jatiúca; they concentrate beach tents, restaurants and hotels.
To the north, beaches are quieter, such as Cruz das Almas and Jacarecica, with good waves for surfing.
Garça Torta and Pratagi, two of the most beautiful beaches on the northeast coastline, have green and calmer water.
From the urban beaches depart many rafts (small embarkation used by fishermen) that take the tourists
to the natural pools formed on the low tide. The trip takes about half an hour. It's a great programme
to people who like bathing in a transparent sea with warm water. There are also strolls for people who
like diving near the reefs. Other option is the navigation on Mundaú's lake, on trips that take you to islands,
with a stop for baths. In some places, the beaches form lakes two kilometres inland,
offering opportunities for bathing and trips by raft. The best known of these is the one starting from the
beach at Pajuçara with trips on lakes formed by coral reefs and sandbanks that emerge at low tide.
Some rafts have been converted into bars where the tourist can enjoy a typical meal.
Six kilometres from Maceió is Jatiúca beach, a surfers' paradise and well-served with inns and hotels.

Dawnbreaker was welcomed at the Federacao de Vela Yacht Club in Maceio and kindly invited to join
the "North Cost Cruise" rally fleet for an Italian dinner.  A "lovely dinner" in our captain's word and plentiful.
Full diet on board for the weekend.
                  Italian restaurant

We took the dinghy for a ride to the reef natural pools and a stroll on Pajucara beach.
Impressive the number of Jangadas to take the tourist out to the reefs.
                            Jangada                                                                                     Lunch is served
Friday night was topped with a barbecue organised by the rally committee.
Most of the fleet was here at Maceio but disbanded this Saturday.
                  The Commodore

As most go to Salvador we continue our quest for paradise ....