João Pessoa – the easternmost point in the Americas

Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Mr Roaming 14 Comments

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Igreja São Francisco

Igreja São Francisco

Camboinha

Camboinha Beach

The place where you live well and always makes you feel welcome is the place you call home. If so, home for me is definitely my hometown João Pessoa, in the Northeast of Brazil. The city where the sunrises first; the easternmost point in the Americas is also home to some of the most accomplished 19th and 20th century Brazilian poets and writers such as Augusto dos Anjos, José Américo de Almeida, José Lins do Rego and Pedro Américo. With summer basically all year long, you will find amazing beaches up and down its coastline, great people and a mix of new design and historically traditional architecture. It’s the perfect place for visiting all year round, especially if you enjoy a small-town feeling, with a laid back attitude and delicious traditional regional cuisine. 

Cabo Branco

Cabo Branco/ Ponta do Seixas -The easternmost point of the Americas. It is here that the sun rises first in the New World.

Areia Vermelha

Areia Vermelha Island

Conjunto do Carmo

Conjunto do Carmo

O Solar do Conselheiro José Antonio Henrique

O Solar do Conselheiro José Antonio Henrique

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Quick tip: where to go, what to eat - João Pessoa offers great food and hospitable people. Make sure you eat at Mangai Restaurant (typical regional food); Nau (seafood); Guliver (contemporary); Adega do Alfredo (Portuguese cuisine); Sao Braz coffeshop (quick snack, great coffee). Beaches: Cabo Branco; Tambau; Intermares; Camboinha (where you can take a boat during the summer and go to the island Areia Vermelha). Sightseeing: Sunset in Jacare Beach; Conjunto São Francisco; Conjunto do Carmo; Igreja de São Bento.

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Considered “the second greenest city in the world”. João Pessoa has more than 7 square kilometres (2.7 sq mi) of forested land, second only to Paris.

Mata do Buraquinho

“Mata do Buraquinho”

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Blu

The real Blu

Historical houses in downtown

Historical houses in downtown

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Modern architectural design: beach cottage

Gamela

Galeria Gamela: Art gallery featuring local artists

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Cabo Branco Lighthouse

Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro

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Tropical fruits – Cajú

“Tudo por um pedaço de terra pequenino, maior do que a terra, maior do que o mundo, maior do que o céu, menor do que Deus – a Paraíba!” –  Alcides Vieira Carneiro

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14 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    What a beautiful place! Your pictures are so “descriptive” and provide the reader with a wonderful overview of this city. I can’t wait to see the real Blu if I ever get to visit.

  2. Katie says:

    Camboinha Beach – stunning! But my favorite picture is the “brazilian cupcake”. Looks delicious!

    • Mr Roaming says:

      Ha! It’s not a cupcake. It’s a chocolate truffle and has been around forever. I think it’s the most popular Brazilian sweet. Maybe it will be the next cupcake fever, just like the macarrones.

  3. maryanne says:

    I visited the northeast several years ago and I have great memories. Unfortunately I did not make it to JP, but I intend to go very soon. It looks so peaceful!

  4. tomas says:

    Is this where paradise is? What an incredible revelation. Thank you for these unspeakably serene pictures.

  5. GF says:

    The architecture is very characteristic and so are all the bright colors.

  6. geoff says:

    It’s time that people start discovering Brazil’s best kept secret: the northeast region. Have not been to Joao Pessoa yet, but after these pictures, how can aonyone resist?

  7. jen says:

    This is your hometown? I love it – the beaches, the architecture, the food. Beautiful.

  8. Jacson says:

    The architecture you feature in this article is wonderful. Very great example of colonial structures which seem to be well preserved and easily accessible. I am anxious to visit. Thank you for this revelation!

  9. valery says:

    This looks like the real tropics. Time to visit!!!

  10. NN says:

    I have been to this city. The environment is inviting and the people beautiful with wonderful memories.

  11. WD says:

    The colorful pictures of this city are so attractive. I just added this place to my itinerary when I visit Brazil this winter.

  12. s. says:

    The Mundial is coming to the NE! Close to JP.

  13. Roger says:

    A very beautiful city to visit this summer I suspect. I had never heard of your city Mr. Roaming.

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