Ponta Negra Beach (Praia de Ponta Negra)
The city of Manaus lies at the confluence of two major rivers, so although it's quite a distance from the Brazilian coast, it still has a host of beach spots popular with locals and tourists alike. Arguably the most popular of these beach destinations is the Ponta Negra Beach. This stretch of sand features a playground for kids, cycling paths, and sand volleyball courts, as well as large amphitheater for live performances. Some tours into the Brazilian jungle pass by the beach, but few actually stop there.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ponta Negra Beach is a popular spot for families by day and partiers after sundown.
- Don’t forget to bring a beach towel, sun protection, and a change of clothes.
- Parts of the beach are monitored by lifeguards during daytime hours.
How to Get There
You can get to Ponta Negra beach from downtown Manaus by bus or taxi (keep in mind it's not a short cab ride, so if you're on a strict budget take the bus, or find some friends to share the cost of a taxi trip).
When to Get There
The beach is open for swimming until 5pm daily, but the neighborhood ranks among the buzziest for nightlife in Manaus. The avenue in front of the beach is closed to cars on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Plan to visit early in the day, as thunderstorms are more common in the afternoon.
Best Beaches in Manaus
Travelers to Manaus planning a day at the beach have a few options to choose from, besides, Ponta Negra. Praia da Lua is known for its fine white sand and beach shacks serving beer and fish, while Praia do Tupe has calm waters, perfect for kids. It’s also popular with locals, particularly on weekends.
- CIGS Zoo
- Manaus Palace of Justice (Palácio de Justiça)
- Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas)
- Church of San Sebastian (Igreja Sao Sebastiao)
- Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market (Mercado Adolpho Lisboa)
- Rio Negro Palace (Palácio Rio Negro)
- Museu do Índio
- Indian Museum
- Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)
- Manaus Botanical Gardens (MUSA - Museu da Amazonia)
- Amazon River