Praia do Espelho, Bahia


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills


The road to Espelho was not just unpaved. It was not just unmaintained, but a nearly treacherous path through forests and fields. It was especially damaged through the small town between the highway and our destination. We suspected the further slowing of our car past the stands of fruit and wares was the intention of the locals, as we might be tempted to buy something along the road if we had gotten a good look. Even the few signs that directed us were intentionally confusing, pointing in different directions for what appeared to be the same destination, as the businesses on the beach preferred the tourists to land at their spot instead of another.

But hard work often brings the really good things. And when we finally arrived at Praia do Espelho, it was really, really good.

Walk left on the sand and you will experience a variety of spectacular scenes.

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We went for an hour and a half without encountering any other humans, and when we did it was a group of fisherman casting their nets off the rocks.


To the right, you will stroll by a few pousadas and restaurants that receive van loads of visitors to eat and enjoy the beach. But past this small strip of tourism, you encounter miles of some of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve seen, with plenty of places to jump in and enjoy the ocean.


Our experience at the pousada where we stayed, Pousada Enseada Espelho, was much like being guests at the beautiful home of a long, lost uncle. Mario, the owner, was almost always around to make recommendations or just conversation, sometimes with a large parrot on his shoulder.


The attention to detail in our room and in the main house was superior.


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The food was of gourmet quality and the man who managed the restaurant/bar was an artist of the cairpirinha.


The location is amazing with its own private beach. The pousada is very small, only six guest rooms, but the experience was grand. There were even some frenemies to occupy Emily, including a small parrot that routinely came to fight play.

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Sophia also made a friend to play with on the beach from a nearby hotel.

A perfect few days in paradise.

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5 Responses to Praia do Espelho, Bahia

  1. Erin Halm says:

    Looks lovely!! Are you guys ever coming back?

  2. It amazes me how many deserted beaches there are here, fabulous. That looks a good one for rambling about exploring rock pools etc. The northeast is on my to do list for soon.:) The Pousada looks very relaxing, thx for the recommendation.

    • It was great. I’m not sure if the beaches were empty because it was the end of June/beginning of July, or if it is always like that. The weather was perfect, so if you are looking for a getaway with crowds, that is the time to go!

  3. Rogier says:

    The place looks great. Was just wondering if the place is near the river or on the beach itself and does it have any mozzies (mosquito’s)?


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