From Brazil to the Colombian Caribbean and the Pacific coast in Northern Peru and Ecuador, white and golden beaches are plentiful in sandy South America
Latin America has no shortage of great places to kick back and chill out.
Whether you want a special honeymoon getaway, a celebration villa holiday or just a few days relaxing in a spa hotel by the sand.
Brazil, beaches and bikinis roll off the tongue like sun, sand and sea as soon as you step off the plane in Rio de Janeiro. Although we love Rio, some of the best beaches in South America are to be discovered in the northeast of the country.
Close to the city of Recife is Sao Miguel dos Milagres where you will find stunning beaches along 15 kilometres of coastline – as yet almost undiscovered – along the Alagoas coast. Or travel further north and swim with dolphins which come close to the shore in Pipa, and enjoy the party atmosphere in this little town just an hour away from Natal.
The beaches of Bahia are perhaps even more famous: Brazilian bundas in various shapes and sizes provide plenty to entertain not just the locals. However, for many of our guests, a getaway from the crowds is important. Happily, Bahia’s expansive coastline has provided hoteliers with plenty of opportunities: we love the excellent spa hotels like the Txai Resort (conveniently served by nearby Ilheus Airport) or the wonderful archipelago of Itacare and Boipeba for a taste of beach island paradise. A charming alternative is to visit the dreamy and laid-back colonial village of Trancoso where, again, a long stretch of sandy beach, Praia Espelho, will take you away from the world you have left behind.
Outside Brazil, there are many other truly excellent beach options: the Caribbean coasts and islands off Panama and Colombia offer some fabulous, unspoilt palm-fringed beaches. The warm waters of the Caribbean Sea here are ideal not just for swimming, but also for sailing, fishing, snorkeling, diving and a host of other water sports.
The beaches on the Pacific coast of northern Peru are another newly-emerging option – and a great place to relax and wind down after a busy Andean itinerary. The small town of Mancora was discovered by backpackers and surfers several years ago, but the more secluded beaches a little to the south are now going distinctly upmarket with some delightfully exclusive small beachfront hotels, and a growing number of top-end private villas.
For more information on where best to have a relaxing beach holiday in the region, give us a call or send us a message.
Places to stay
Hotel Paracas has two large swimming pools, and is a great place to relax - both for couples and families.View details about Hotel Paracas
This chic new beach-front property is set to put Mancora on the map as a destination of note.View details about Arennas Mancora
This romantic hideaway right on Las Pocitas beach is a real gem.View details about DCO Suites
The 60 foot Tupaiu is a regional yacht based on the Tapajos River. Comfortable, without being luxurious, the Tupaiu is the perfect type of vessel for exploring this unspoiled regionView details about Tupaiú Yacht
A new five-star hotel located on the beach in Barra District, to the north of Ipanema.View details about Grand Hyatt
Casa Colonial Paraty
Two stunningly restored colonial properties.View details about Casa Colonial Paraty
A truly delightful hideaway located on a remote beach on the Maraú Peninsula, but within striking distance of the fun bars and restaurants in Barra Grande.View details about Butterfly House
A destination hotel occupying an elevated position looking out over the blue waters of the Baia do Sueste.View details about Pousada Maravilha
Ponta dos Ganchos
On a peninsula with views to the ocean, the property has earned its reputation as one of the country’s best luxury hotels.View details about Ponta dos Ganchos
Etnia Clube de Mar & Etnia Pousada
Outstanding design, local materials and great service – these two sister hotels share their facilities, one near the Quadrado and one on the beach. Both offer a friendly and relaxing environment.View details about Etnia Clube de Mar & Etnia Pousada
Rancho do Peixe
A lovely family friendly hotel situated near the village of Jericoacoara and nearby beaches, in an area remarkably unknown to visitors from outside Brazil.View details about Rancho do Peixe
Insolito Boutique Hotel
The Insolito offers two swimming pools and a commanding position overlooking the sea.View details about Insolito Boutique Hotel
An outstanding example of contemporary architecture located in a private elevated position above the fashionable resort of Buzios.View details about Private Villa
MY Passion has recently been the subject of a complete refurbishment leaving her with a vibrant interior of distinctive Ecuadorian style, replete with rich reds and golds with starburst suns glowing from the ceilings.View details about M/Y Passion
Launched in November 2015, Petrel is the latest addition to the luxurious and fast class of catamarans, joining sister ships Ocean Spray and Cormorant. She can accommodate 16 passengers in great comfort and contemporary style, with a large sun deck with shaded seating area and Jacuzzi.View details about M/C Petrel
Scalesia Lodge opened its doors in October 2015, offering for the first time top quality accommodation on the largest and most dramatic island in the Galapagos, with a population of less than 4,000.View details about Scalesia Lodge
La Pinta is large motor yacht which has recently been completely renovated. In spite of its size, it accommodates just 48 guests leaving ample social areas and a beautiful observation deck towards the bow.View details about LA PINTA
Punta Faro Resort
Service at the Punta Faro is friendly and professional, and it makes a great escape after discovering the colonial treasures of Cartagena.View details about Punta Faro Resort
Playa Vik in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, is one of our top picks for a stylish beachfront escape.View details about Playa Vik
Beautiful beach paradiseView details about Bahia Vik
The Andaz Papagayo is a top notch hotel with two beaches and full facilities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.View details about Andaz Papagayo
A larger pousada with a literary theme in the heart of Paraty.View details about Pousada Literaria
A charming new boutique hotel, situated on the beach five miles from the historic centre of Trancoso.View details about Pousada Tutabel
Launched in 2016, the M/V Origin sets new standards of quality and service in the Galapagos Islands.View details about M/V Origin
Although it is not set inside Tayrona National Park we believe that this hotel offers a better experience than those inside the park itselfView details about Merecumbe Hotel