Category Archives: Where to Stay

Stunning sunet at Barra, Salvador, Brazil lighthouse

First-timer’s Guide to Salvador, Brazil

Preparing for a trip to a city off-the-beaten path like Salvador, Brazil is hard. Where to stay? What to do? What NOT to do? How will I get around? But, some of the best things in life are those that we have to a bit harder for. Brazil, and particularly Salvador, is one of those […]

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 […]

People on the beach at Porto da Barra beach in Salvador.

Neighborhood Review: Barra, Salvador

My husband and I have a saying, “Barra tem tudo” (“Barra has everything”).  We live in Barra, and before buying our apartment looked at a bunch of other neighborhoods, but kept coming back to Barra for the sheer convenience — and ocean views. Are there less expensive places to stay? Sure. Do they have the […]

Small garden space with mosiac tile floor and table and chairs

Review: Estrela do Mar Pousada

I stayed in Pousada Estrela do Mar my very first trip to Salvador so it will always have a special place in my heart. It is this pousada where I roomed with the woman who, as a result of that trip, is now one of my closet confidants and dearest friends. It is also the pousada […]

Man in hotel room

Review: Hit Hotel

The Hit Hotel in Barra, Salvador is located at the port of Barra, a fantastic location, right on the Orla across from the famous Porto da Barra beach. When you leave the hotel you literally cross the street and you are at the steps leading down to the beach. And I do mean “literally”, not […]

Man relaxing in hammock

Review: Pousada Papaya Verde

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade — or, in our case, green papaya juice. Our (mis)adventure started when we had our apartment painted and the strong smell of fumes drove us out and we had to find a new place to sleep while the fumes dispersed. Since staying in a hotel or pousada […]