Pipa is situated in the municipality of Tibau do Sul, which in the indigenous language means “between waters,” as it lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Guaraíras Lagoon. The peaceful fishermen’s village of Pipa received its name because of a large rock called “Pedra do Moleque,” located in front of the Chapadão cliffs, which resembles a “pipa,” or barrel for wine or cachaça.
The place is indeed incredible, boasting diverse landscapes together with welcoming establishments, and countless activities for all tastes. More than a tourist destination, a visit to Pipa is an invitation to unforgettable days of leisure and entertainment in a charming place.
On a more practical note, it is advisable to check the tide tables for safe accessibility, and in order to best appreciate the beauty of the various beaches. For walking between the beaches of Madeiro, Golfinhos, Central Beach, Praia do Amor and Minas Beach, it is best to go at mid-tides, i.e., three hours before high and low tides. This is particularly important for access to Golfinhos Beach, which can only be reached on foot from Madeiro or Central Beach. An exception to this is during certain times of the year when sand is dragged onto the shores, or during neap tides. At these times passage is easy at any time of day. If you’re not sure what this means, read on: