Pousada A Mangueira, Boipeba, Bahia
"lush gardens and hidden tranquility only a minute from Morere beach"
Recommended as one of our 10 best pousadas for solo travellers in Brazil
*As featured on the Daily Mail Online - 'An unspoilt paradise: World Cup fever may have begun, but you can still chill in Brazil'
|Nearest Airport:||Salvador - 150 kms|
|Room Facilities:||220v; minibar, fan|
|Language(s):||Spanish, Portuguese, English|
|Recommended attractions:||walking, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, horseriding, flora & fauna, diving, boat trips|
|Ideal for:||friends sharing, families, couples|
|Price Category:||$$ bed and breakfast|
|Telephone:||+55 75 36538915|
|10 reasons to visit:||10 reasons to visit|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
Alison's pousada review
The last time I stayed at Pousada A Mangueira was a couple of years ago and I was itching to see the upgrade promised by new owners Gary and Juan Carlos. What I found just blew me away: 4 new "chic" bungalows to add to the 3 newly refurbished existing ones, all bordering the most wonderful tropical garden. To top it all there is now a well stocked bar and restaurant to hang out in- during the day, during the evening, whenever!
All the new bungalows boast 4 poster beds surrounded by mosquito netting to keep out any pesky bugs. In the bathroom there are great powershowers and outside all of them have varandas with a seating area, table, hammocks and daybed. I only got to stay a night here, but what a pleasure and all only moments away from Moreré beach, one of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Brazil. The verdict on Pousada A Mangueira? A hidden gem indeed, a place which offers incredible value for money and a pousada which is now firmly on my annual chill out visiting list!
Morerê is the third biggest village on the island of Boipeba and is home to approximately 350 people. No-one seems to know exactly how many. Although there are now several pousadas here and power, light and internet have arrived, it is a place which still feels authentic- an active fishing village with just a couple of sandy tracks leading to a small school, general store and some rustic beachbars and restaurants. The latter offer some pretty good home-made food, particularly the local fish stew or "moqueca", but it's wise to have a big lunch during low season as when business is slack they have a tendency to close early in the evening.
To get to Pousada A Mangueira from Boipeba village you have 3 options. If you have luggage then either organise a 20 minute boat ride from the quay where you come in with the pousada (R$70,00) Note: This entails paddling to shore and then a 2 minute walk to pousada. Or you can get one of the baggage boys that meet all the boats from Valença to take you to the tractor point ( 10 minutes walk away) from where you can get a tractor with planked seated area at the back to Morerê. There is no real schedule here though so if you want the tractor to go immediately you'll end up paying the R$50,00 for a "private transfer".
If you don't have any luggage then an alternative option is to walk along the deserted palm fringed beaches (2.5 hours approx.) but make sure you do it at low tide as there is a river to cross when you get near Morerê and it is only passable then unless you want to swim!
Recommended by Go Brazil.com: "Where to stay in Morere"
- snorkelling in the natural swimming pools "piscinas naturais"
- muqueca de camarão (shrimp stew) at Paraiso restaurant
- lobster at Guido's on Cueira beach
- canoe trip at low tide
- just chilling on Morerê beach
- Gary's Informal personal service
- Peaceful environment in lush gardens
- Remote tranquil and undiscovered
- Excellent value for money
|Try a different place if...
you have no sense of adventure or you like an activity packed