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Macumba Beach

Macumba Beach

Praia da Macumba (oficially named as Praia do Pontal de Sernambetiba) is located in Recreio neighborhood, between Pedra do Pontal and Canal de Sernambetiba.

Macumba is a religious cult in Brazil that combines Christian and voodoo elements. The beach got this name because many Umbanda and Candomblé religions´ followers used to perform their rituals on this beach. Even today you can see some people practicing macumba on the shore of Canal de Sernambetiba.

Macumba beach is a paradise for surfers and those looking for less crowded beaches.

Tips for Macumba beach

  • Take care of the steep shore and strong waves. It is easy to get knocked off your feet and taken off the shore by a back-current.
  • It is a great place for surfing. Sometimes the water is full of surfers, if you are a beginner, then better find a calmer beach to practice.

Praia da Macumba safety

During the day it should be a safe beach to visit. But leave before the dark, as the area can become dangerous for a tourist. Many groups of the local youngsters, having been drinking on neighbouring Recreio beach all day, are going home and waiting for the bus. If you stay late, consider taking a taxi or Uber to any bus station in Barra.

Quick facts

Type: beach
Touristic: no
Getting there: takes a long time
Minimal transport: bus + walk
Length: 1,3 km
Cost: free
Other names: Praia da Macumba, Macumba Beach, Praia do Pontal de Sernambetiba, Praia de Sernambetiba
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