Barra beach club (R$40 / night – dorm) – Wicked views, excellent bar, awesome staff!
Do: P12 – pool party! (and Beach activities of course!)
I departed Foz do Iguaçu by bus, which the hostel organised for me. It was a Brazilian version of the Semi-carma buses I had been catching in Argentina, however the bus has 4 seats in a row, instead of 3, and the leg room is sufficiently less. I board the bus for the 18 hr journey and I was thinking I’d have the row to myself, however the bus stopped and picked up people along the way, making the overnight journey to Floripa much less enjoyable – stopping frequently, turning the lights on in the middle of the night and people swapping seats. I did meet an American dude, who managed to hitchhike to South America from New Zealand aboard a sail boat, and an Argentinian guy who helped me with the local buses from Centro Floripa to Barra da Lagoa. I also met a kid who pumped the back of my seat for hours – thanks champ! I hadn’t chosen a hostel by this stage, just the destination… Barra. This is the best place to set up camp from what I had been told. The island is large and it takes many buses to get around it. I bumped into a Aussie couple from Melbourne on the local bus terminal. I’d met them before at the Brazilian consulate in Iguazu. They seems pretty cool so I followed them to a hostel called Barra beach club. The Argentinian I met on the bus from Iguaza helped me navigate the local bus system and later turned out to be a coke dealer – thanks mate!
Barra beach club – What a fantastic hostel. R$40 per night for a dorm bed with towel, the hostel is kick ass, and I would definitely recommend it! It’s on the hill near the beach and surrounded with views of the ocean. It has an access path to a little, more private beach, and they serve a free Caprihina every night at 7pm! They serve dinner every night for ~R$15 and it’s an excellent feed! The hostel is clean, the staff are awesome, the bar is wicked. Highly recommend this place, they even let you use their equipment for free! (Surfboards, sandboards, fishing equipment, umbrellas, snorkels etc)
I spent 7 nights at the hostel, and then I decided to rent a posada (kinda like a apartment – hotel) on the beach for R$80 for two people. (The decision was easier when the hostel was full and I had to leave anyway) Although it could be possible to rent them cheaper, ours had two bedrooms with queen beds and a kitchen and bathroom… needless to say the pad was sweet! Did I mention right on the beach? As I was well established into the hostel family, I was able to use the hostel facilities daily… so I had the best of both worlds!
A view from Barra beach club
So.. Floripa – it rocks! Swimming, surfing, sand boarding, wind surfing, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, & hand gliding. It’s tops. Get on it. Although during the low season the district turns into a ghost town! ie. After Easter – the place is dead!
Heading down for a swim
Carvin’ the sand!
On Easter Sat I went to the famous P12 pool party… and what a show it was. All the rich and famous, pumping music, booze and a massive pool. It’s off the chart, can’t say I’ve seen anything like it before! Funny story – I was not paying attention to the time and I missed my transfer bus back to the hostel! Shit hey, this place is miles away and a cab ride would have been very expensive. I had met some people from another hostel called Sunset. They had a bus leaving, and they told me to jump on with them. When we got close to their hostel, some hostel chick started rudely telling me I must pay money to the bus driver. Guess she was pissed off that I was on their bus. Whatever. I paid the driver R$20 when getting off the bus. Then some hostel staff started giving me crap about not paying, and wouldn’t believe me when I said that I had. It escalated to the hostel owner (nicknamed – Junior) who claimed the bus driver said he didn’t receive money from me. He wrongly accused me of lying and being rude to their staff, which I was neither. Infact he was being a total dick, so I told him I was leaving. Next thing he’s grabbing my neck and trying to push me against the wall. So I payed another R$20 rather than get my head punched in. Yeah nice one tosser. Wonder if hostel bookers will publish my review. Sad end to a wicked evening in the sun.
- Açai – made from the berry, it’s like a smoothie in a way. Unique to floripa and good for you too. Get on it.
- The alternative to a late night kebab in Floripa is a late night street vendor hotdog. It’s an experience, they put corn and peas on it too. Get one after midnight for best effect!