What beats finding a floating bar in the sea!

 

Looking for a day trip, the resort advised my friend and I to visit the natural pools in Garapua, Cairu.  Always up for adventure, hey, why not? We traveled by four wheel drive from the resort through bumpy sandy roads and after almost getting stuck, we came to the remote village of Garapua.

Arriving to Garapua

Arriving to Garapua

Local transport at Cairu

Local transport at Cairu

Turned out to be the best beach we visited while on the island of Morro de São Paulo.  We had the beach practically to ourselves.  However one of the beach’s true hidden treasures was just out of view….

Nothing better than a beach to yourself...

Nothing better than a beach to yourself…

Our driver arranged transport to the natural pools located just offshore by boat.

On the boat to the natural pool

On the boat to the natural pool

We coughed up 10 Brazilian Real each for the ten minute trip and slowly pulled offshore.  Away from the shore line, the water became even clearer.

On the boat to the natural pools

On the boat to the natural pools

We laughed together as we watched the boat driver lazily steer the rudder with his foot.

What a surprise we were in for as we pulled up to a floating bar in the middle of the sea!

The bar in the middle of the sea

The bar in the middle of the sea

Here we found a little makeshift kitchen which served up freshly caught seafood and drinks.

The bar/restaurant in the sea

The bar/restaurant in the sea

As their last customer of the day, we were offered some steamed clams and freshly made caipirinha’s.

Fresh clams

Fresh clams

Fresh cooked clams

Fresh cooked clams, flavorful broth and spicy sauce

This cocktail water view trumped all others!

We slowly sipped on our drinks in between dips in the water.

 

Exploring the natural pools

Exploring the natural pools

Dipping our toes into the blue waters

Dipping our toes into the blue waters

We even watched as a local boater got stuck on the sand pier and had to push his boat off through the water.

Locals getting their boat off the sand bar

Locals getting their boat off the sand bar

Turned out to be the best impromptu trip we took.

As we were their last customers of the day, the owners personally ferried us back to shore in their boat.

The bartender ferrying us back to shore

The bartender ferrying us back to shore or just on his phone….

By this time, a few more people had shown up on the beach for late lunch and children played soccer with makeshift goal posts.

Friendly beach soccer

Friendly beach soccer

We claimed our lounge chairs and had one last caipirinha on our last beach day.  Perfect ending to Morro de São Paulo.

Caipirinha's beachside

Caipirinha’s beachside

Havaianas make great coasters...

Havaianas make great coasters…

Okay, or maybe two…

 

 

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Eu

    Great post! I love we manage to get the beach to ourself! And the picture of the bar with the sign of credits card accepted is awesome! 🙂

    • Anne

      I know right? Thanks!

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