Located in the state of Alagoas, just 20 miles south of the state’s capital Maceió, a lush natural beauty of nearby white sand beaches (among Alagoas’ best); warm, crystalline waters; natural pools amidst coral reefs; and small islets cloistered with mangroves, makes Barra de São Miguel one of the most attractive and tranquil locations on the Brazil’s northeast coast. Occupied by the Caetés Indians up until the 16th century, when it was discovered by an Italian sailor and transformed into a fisherman community, Barra de São Miguel today is a small and peaceful village. It’s primarily used as the gateway to Praia do Gunga, a popular tourist site and one of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches, boasting coconut palms, unique green and blue tides, and reputedly over-priced restaurants. Though it does offer a tourist infrastructure with hotels and boutique posadas, as well as a few bars and restaurants. The village center sits on a riverbank, directly facing the more secluded Praia do Gunga, its local beaches sheltered by a large offshore reef, which finds the waters relatively calm. Kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, and kite surfing among other activities, can be enjoyed.