Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil

Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil is a popular beach holiday getaway for locals living in neighboring towns as well as tourists visiting the northeastern parts of the country.


Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil is a resort town located within the municipality of Ipojuca. It is approximately sixty kilometers off Recife, the capital city of the state of Pernambuco.

Getting There

Flying in to Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil is via the international airport in Recife, the closest one to Porto de Galinhas. From the airport, you can take a car hire service, bus, minibus or taxi to reach the beach town.

Minibuses from the airport can accommodate up to twelve passengers hence; you may have to wait awhile until the bus has been filled before leaving the airport.

There is a taxi terminal right at the airport that can take you to your destination or to the central bus station in the city. From the bus station, you can take a regular bus to reach the town.

What to See and Do

Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil was actually voted as a top beach destination in the country by a popular travel and tourism magazine.

Being such, the beaches here offer magnificent crystal-clear waters that are perfect for swimming, sailing, jet skiing, surfing, diving and snorkeling. As there are several beaches here, you can rent a buggy and visit as many beaches as you want.

Some of the beaches here have clear, shallow waters which means that you can see colorful fishes swimming past you as you wade in the waters. These are particularly enjoyable for kids.

A good number of bars and restaurants are scattered around the beach areas as well as the rest of the town so you can sample of the local dishes here or have a few drinks after you’ve had your fill of the beaches.

Brief History

Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil was once a major exporter of Brazilian wood and sugar. When slave trade was abolished some time in the year 1850, slaves who were smuggled from the African continent were transported to this town.

They were hidden under wooden boxes containing guinea fowl. This then became the inspiration for the name of the town; with Porto de Galinhas meaning “chicken port.”


A car hire service from the international airport in Recife for your journey to Porto de Galinhas in Pernambuco – Brazil costs about R$ 60,000 per day while a minibus ride costs about RS 150 per person.

If you will be traveling via taxi, this would cost you about RS 104 while a regular bus going to Porto de Galinhas would cost about R$ 4.60 each, one-way.

Accommodations would typically cost anywhere from R$ 80 up to R$ 150 per room, per night.

Other Information

For souvenirs, clothes and beach sports gear; the town center has a line of shops along the pedestrian zone.