Our bus tour got cancelled due to the lack of an English translator; so we altered our plans and were at the beach by 9:30 am.
We quickly realized that shade is not free! Either one has to rent chairs/umbrellas or must use the space beneath a tree that is territorially guarded, thereby agreeing to purchase food and/or beverages from the supervising vendor. We staked a nice spot beside the lifeguard station.
The cost was worth it as the Atlantic Ocean was, literally, as warm as a bathtub!!! The slope of the shore is not as steep so the waves were not as forceful as at Copacabana Beach in Rio. Even at high tide, we bobbed in the waves in a swimming area protected by jutting reefs. Another vast difference was the far less aggressive nature of the beach salesmen. It was peaceful and relaxing.
However, not 900 metres from here signs warn water-lovers to stay clear of the open ocean where sharks roam. If I were a shark, I'd definitely live here!!!