Cocoa Beach or Costa do Cacao is a part of the coastal line situated in the state of Bahia, which offers a unique travel experience that goes beyond the typical tourist destinations. Unlike crowded resorts, this coastal paradise invites you to immerse in the local culture, enchanting with its rich history, influenced by cocoa plantations. If you are a traveler seeking a genuine connection with Brazil’s culture, Cocoa Coast is the place.
The Cocoa Coast makes you think of local chocolate-making and small chocolate businesses, all mixed with some history. And guess what? Many of those ideas are pretty much spot on! Back in the 17th century chocolate craze, Bahia’s Cocoa Coast became a big deal. It’s where you can find out all the cool secrets of everyone’s favorite sweet, along with a cool mix of history and a beautiful Atlantic coastline.
What we can do in the Cocoa Coast
In the past decades, local initiatives have emerged to address a range of community needs and opportunities. These endeavors involve diverse projects that integrate cacao cultivation with the growth of other plants, chocolate production, traditional activities like fishing, and community-based tourism. Our ongoing engagement with the region has given us the opportunity to familiarize with these collective efforts and organizations. We have actively participated in certain projects, forged partnerships, and contributed to the promotion of sustainable and transformative experiences for both local residents and visitors.
So, if you are interested in community-based travel and can’t wait to be in the stunning Cocoa Coast… Let us show you around!!
We will visit some local farms and see how they make cocoa, from planting to eating. One of the stops is at an old fazenda plantation that is actively involved in cultivation and various environmental initiatives aimed at safeguarding the forest from over-farming. Along the way, you can stay at a Travelife certified pousada, where you will experience a family tutorial on the art of handmade cacao. And then, we’ll check out the awesome Itacaré – Serra Grande area, a UNESCO-protected zone with clear rivers, nature trails, tons of different plants and animals, and loads of outdoor activities. It’s the perfect way to burn off all that chocolate we know you won’t be able to resist!
Other Attractions in Cocoa Coast
Historical town of Ilhéus
Ilhéus, with its beautiful beaches and historical charm, is a must-visit destination. Take a stroll through the nooks and crannies described by Jorge Amado, the renowned Brazilian writer, and visit the Hydromineral Resort of Olivença.
Just at 70 kilometers north of Ilhéus to the picturesque town of Itacaré, surrounded by streams and the Rio de Contas. Feel free to explore the stunning landscapes, including waterfalls, natural sanctuaries, and deserted beaches of Itacaré, which offers a unique blend of nature and adventure.
Canavieiras stands out as Brazil’s largest fishing ground for sea bass and marlin. If you’re a sport fishing enthusiast, this is the place to be. Immerse yourself in the local fishing culture and enjoy the bounty of the sea.
Santa Luzia is a haven for nature lovers, with caves, rivers, waterfalls, wells, lagoons, and rock walls. Embark on an eco-tourism journey along the Cocoa Coast, discovering the diamonds of Salobro and the Itacaré/Serra Grande Environmental Protection Area.
Things to do near Cocoa Coast
Cocoa Coast is not only a good destination itself, but also allows you to discover a great area full of different opportunities. Therefore, exploring the areas near the Cocoa Coast in Brazil offers a variety of activities and attractions, such as:
- Praia do Forte: A charming beach town known for its pristine beaches, natural pools, and the Tamar Project, dedicated to the preservation of sea turtles.
- Morro de São Paulo: Morro de São Paulo is an idyllic island with beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, and a relaxed atmosphere.
- Salvador: A bit farther north, Salvador is a city rich in culture and history. You can explore the Pelourinho district, known for its colorful colonial architecture, visit the Church of Bonfim, and experience the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture through music, dance, and local cuisine.
You can explore these offerings by strolling, enjoying river swims, taking dips in the sea, and engaging in adventurous and community-based activities. Throughout, you can stay in nice beach villas, treating yourself to a good Spa, savouring delectable cuisine, and enjoying the breathtaking landscapes. We will walk you through an experience of profound admiration coupled with an immersion into the captivating history and geography of Bahia.