João Pessoa

João Pessoa has incomparable natural beauty. Since it is the easternmost point in continental South America, where the sun rises first, the city is known as the “Entryway for the Sun.” João Pessoa is home to fantastic beaches where visitors will find warm weather and great spots to relax. It will definitely be an incredible experience.

The beaches in João Pessoa have warm waters and clear sand, attracting a large number of tourists every year. The capital of Paraíba State is the perfect destination for those who want to take it easy, learn a little history, or just enjoy the incredible local cuisine. 

One of the main tourist attractions in João Pessoa is Ponta do Seixas, a cape that forms the easternmost point in continental South America, where the sun first rises in Brazil, hence its nickname, “Entryway for the Sun.” Visitors to the region will come across the Cabo Branco Lighthouse, a navigation marker that represents the easternmost point of the continent.

With its crystal-clear waters, the natural pools around Ponta do Seixas are a spectacle in their own right, and visitors are usually very impressed. The pools are formed at low tide and it is a great opportunity to observe the colorful local marine life amidst coral reefs. 

Cabo Branco Beach

Tambaú Beach
Tambaú Beach is considered one of the best urban beaches in João Pessoa. The area is quite busy and home to plenty of hotels and restaurants. The local urban setting blends well with the natural beauty of the beach, which is surrounded by coconut trees. Its calm, blue-green waters are extremely inviting. 

Bessa Beach
Stretching for about 6 km, Bessa Beach usually receives a large number of tourists on weekends. The bars on the waterfront offer excellent infrastructure and are a great opportunity to try the local cuisine to the sound of live music. 

Cabo Branco Beach
Located close to the center of João Pessoa, Cabo Branco is one of the most popular beaches in the region. Its 40-meter-tall cliffs, worn out by the action of the sea through the years, are a local icon. In addition, there are all types of bars and restaurants on the waterfront. Those who enjoy walking or cycling will love the bike path along the whole beach, the perfect way to enjoy all the local natural beauty. 

Seixas Beach
Located just south of Penha Beach and north of Cabo Branco Beach, Seixas is a great option for those looking for peace and quiet. The beach has a small strip of sand surrounded by beautiful coconut trees, and there are plenty of kiosks and bars. 

Penha Beach
A great place for those interested in the historic and cultural identity of Paraíba State, Penha Beach is home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. The church has one of the largest collections of objects left by worshippers in the state of Paraíba. 

With many new places for visitors to explore, João Pessoa is an amazing destination. 

By Plane
+55 (83) 3041-4200
Presidente Castro Pinto International Airport is located in the city of Bayeux, only 12 km from downtown João Pessoa. The airport operates domestic and international flights.

By Bus
+55 (83) 3222-6567
If you are traveling by car or by bus, the main routes to João Pessoa are Highways BR-101 and BR-230. João Pessoa Bus Terminal operates routes from the main Brazilian cities.

By Bus
There are over 80 bus routes that cover the entire city and will take tourists to the main local attractions. For more information on the routes, please click here.

Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A good way to get around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car. 

Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a great option to get around the city of João Pessoa.

Useful Numbers

Tourist Information Center:
+55 (83) 3247-7848
Tourism Department:
+55 (83) 3218-9850
Tourist Police Station:
+55 (83) 3214-8022

Military Police: 190
Paramedics: 192
Fire Department: 193

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Local Weather

With average annual temperatures around 27°C, João Pessoa is the ideal place to enjoy the beautiful beaches in the Brazilian Northeast Region. After all, the whole region is generally sunny all year round. Just keep in mind that you may get a little more rainfall between the months of April and July.