Baia do Sancho is a beach paradise located in the environmentally protected area called Fernando de Noronha in Brazil. Baia do Sancho is so good that for the second consecutive year it has been rated by Tripadvisor users as the world’s best beach.
Located on an island to the northeast of the Brazilian mainland, this beach is popular for a multitude of reasons, the most important of them being pristine emerald water, the coral reefs, the greenery around the beach and the solitude it offers to the tourists who visit Baía do Sancho.
Solitude is one of the selling points of this Brazilian beach because of the challenges in reaching it. If you want to reach it via foot, you have to be a seasoned trekker – and follow a dirt road, climb down a ladder which is about to fall apart anytime (mind you, this ladder is through rocks), and eventually climb down slippery and sandy steps to reach the beach. The whole trek lasts about an hour and the weak-hearted give up. This is why Baía do Sancho isn’t accessible to people on crutches, elderly or wheelchairs.
Of the 2,100 beaches in Brazil, Baía do Sancho is the best and that’s why people don’t mind taking the trouble in reaching it. The beach is shaped like a crescent and around it looms 200+ feet cliffs, which give it a separated-from-rest-of-the-world feel.
The other approach to this beach is via a boat, which is anchored right in front of the bay so as to not destroy the sea-life underneath.
To preserve the excellent beach the Brazilian Government has set a $130 tourist tax, which you can avoid if you reach the beach via Baía dos Porcos.
Baia do Sancho is really a great spot for divers. If you end up at this beach for diving, do try out the night diving, which is out of this world. If you can’t trek your way to the beach, don’t worry – you can also stay at the hill and watch the view. If you are lucky you will be able to see small sharks hunting fish on one side and humans snorkelling on another side – a view you can’t hope to see anywhere but at Baia do Sancho beach.
Important: There are no restaurants or bars in this beach, so take your own water, snacks and beer when you visit Baía do Sancho.