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A day trip to Juquehy

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While we were travelling in Brazil, we went up to the North Coast of Sao Paulo and stayed a few days in Riviera de Sao Lourenco. We loved it and didn’t want to leave it, the place was deserted, everything was within walking distance and the condo provided the chairs and umbrellas every day.

BUT, we heard from a friend that we should visit nearby Juquehy and a beach bar called Chapeu de Sol (Sun Hat), so we hit the road for a little exploring.

It was a little bit further than we had imagined, about an hour from Riviera by car, partly due because of the road bumps and narrow, village streets, but was totally worth it. Riviera is a planned resort community with hundreds of condos and houses and everything is well thought out, but it lacks the local flavor. Most people go to Riviera to escape the stress of living in a big city. They live in Sao Paulo and vacation at the beach on the weekends or during the summer.

Juquehy was different. Although it also relies on tourism, it also had year-round residents and several businesses, art galleries, B&Bs, restaurants and a few surfers.

The road view of Juquehy
The road view of Juquehy- we are getting there…but not there yet!
Store Front in Juquehy
Store Front in Juquehy – closed on the day we were there (middle of the week/low season)
Store Front in Juquehy Creperia
I wish this place was open, they sold Crepes and I love them!
Chapeu de Sol Bar and Restaurant Logo and Entrance
Chapeu de Sol Beach Bar- Ah! We found it!
Chapeu do Sol Beach Bar and Restaurant Chairs
The hour-long drive was well worth it! Look at that view!
Chapeu de Sol from beach
Leave me here…I don’t want to go back!

One thing to note in Brazil is that you usually don’t need to carry your chairs and umbrella, beach bars will usually supply those, but it requires a minimum consumption”fee”. The cooler the place, the higher you will have to spend. The beach is an all day event, so given that you may be there for 4-6 hours or longer and have lunch and a few drinks, the minimum comsumption fee will be well spent and easy to achieve. For this place it was R$50 per person, or about 5 beers. It’s expensive, but if you are travelling to Sao Paulo, this will seem pretty normal. Sao Paulo boasts a high cost of living, even higher than Europe and New York City.

Lunch at Chapeu de Sol
Lunch at Chapeu de Sol. Yummm! Fish filets and a gigantic salad with everything you can imagine, topped with potato chips.
Passion Fruit Juice
Passion Fruit Juice. I drank a lot of this!
Beach colors
I also saw a lot of this while contemplating my life in the shade. The sun even in November is hot!
Juquehy Beach islands
And stared a these islands a lot…

One main reason to go off-season is to have the beach all to yourself.

Juquehy Beach
Yep, I see some people, but they look so tiny!
Chapeu de Sol chairs
One neighbor and where did they go?

Now, all this privacy also gives some people some pretty kinky ideas. While walking on the beach, a couple doing the dirty was spotted by the edge of the water doing it in broad day light… And you would think they would have stopped and been embarrassed…Nope. They didn’t miss a beat!

Sometimes, these things make for the best travel stories…

Happy Xploring!



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