Colorful house in Santo Antônio

Where to Stay in Salvador, Brazil

Trying to figure out where to stay in Salvador? There are a dizzying array of lodging choices in Salvador. I have done this more times than I care to count. You are not alone. With a population of almost 3 million people covering 268 square miles (4 million people and 1.7 square miles in the […]

Beach with chairs and umbrellas

3 Ways: Going to the Beach in Salvador, Brazil

My idea of the perfect beach experience involves space to lay out a sarong, a book, and some peace and quiet. I want to look out at the water, daydream, and recharge. If you share my vision, the beaches in Salvador, Brazil can be a challenge. There are three beach modes here in Salvador, and […]

Salvador map

Salvador Ride-Hailing Apps

Uber took Salvador, Brazil by storm in 2016. And where economic success is found, competitors are sure to follow. Just as we saw in the US when Uber and Lyft came to town, when Uber arrived in Salvador the taxis largely got their act together — finally providing usable apps and cleaner taxis. The same […]

Sunset at the Farol in Barra, Salvador, Brazil

Sunset at the Salvador Farol

Sunset is my favorite time of day here in Salvador. And it’s not just because the temperature drops a wee bit. Instead it’s because of the rich sunset tradition here in Salvador. Rich sunset tradition, you may ask? You bet! Every evening at the Farol (lighthouse) in Barra between dozens to hundreds of people gather […]

Itaipava beer cans

How to Drink Beer like a Local

Beer is a big part of the culture in Salvador. A running joke for the past few years, during the economic and political crisis, has been, “as long as we have beer, there is no crisis”. And, with any major cultural element, there are guiding principles that inform the culture and etiquette. First, beer-drinking is […]

Beach in Itapuã

Surviving the heat in Salvador

Located at just 12 degrees south of the equator, we don’t really have seasons in Salvador. Being a tropical climate, the average daily temperature year-round is between 75 and 80˚ F year-round (24 – 27˚ C) with little nighttime cooling. And, humidity sits at 80% year-round. The only way you can really distinguish summer from […]

Itacaré, Bahia, Brazil

Weather in Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil weather has just two seasons — shorts and a tank top vs. shorts and a t-shirt. No, I’m kidding. It’s just shorts and a tank top. Year round. In all seriousness, being just 12 degrees south of the equator, it’s toasty-warm and humid (80% humidity) year-round. The key difference between summer and winter […]