This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Guarujá.
One of the most popular holiday spots in the Brazilian state of São Paolo, the metropolitan city of Guarujá caters to travelers from within South America and abroad. With long stretches of beaches backed by tall concrete towers, this urban paradise offers a unique combination of city living and tropical sun.
Known as “The Pearl of the Atlantic,” Guarujá became a very chic destination in the 1970s and 1980s, leading to the boom of the city’s local tourism industry. Hostels and hotels can be found on almost every corner, and visitors here can also find spas and luxury resorts along the coast. There are some more private, less-developed beaches in the area, but many of the people who stay at Guarujá’s hostels hit the crowded beach of Enseada for the exciting nightlife and interesting vendors.
Those looking for a more traditional Brazilian experience can still find it in Guarujá, despite the city’s urban environment. The nearby Pereque beach is dotted with authentic fishing villages, complete with fresh seafood served in the many restaurants in the area. Tombo beach offers great waves for surfers, and there is a school nearby for beginners looking to get on a board for the first time.
Other local landmarks to get to from a hostel or hotel in Guarujá include the Acqua Mundo Theme Park, the largest aquarium in South America with more than 700 species of animals, or the Barra Grande Fortress, built by colonizers in 1584. There’s also some great dining here – if you’re not in the mood for seafood, sample some barbecue, coconut, sweetcorn, and ice cream at the many kiosks lining the streets.
Taxi service is available to bring tourists from the airport in São Paulo, or visitors can hop on a bus for about an hour. Transportation is also available within the city, but many visitors prefer to rent a bike and enjoy the expansive network of local cycleways in Guarujá.
Written by local enthusiast for Guarujá hostelsJakob Lombardi