Porto Belo

Porto Belo is located south of Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic Ocean in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

Excellent beaches, emerald-green waters and great diving opportunities

The town of Porto Belo is located south of Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic Ocean.

Christopher Columbus stopped here in 1502 along his fourth journey to the New World and legend has it that he pulled into the sheltered bay following a storm and subsequently named it Porto Belo, meaning ‘beautiful port’.

Over the next two centuries the town became a major trading hub and one of the most important ports in the Caribbean, as gold from South America was stored and traded here.

Today Porto Belo is renowned for its excellent beaches, emerald-green waters and great diving opportunities.

The weather in Porto Belo is ideal year-round with pleasantly warm temperatures and trade winds bringing cool breezes. We recommend joining one of our popular excursion packages to some of the prettiest beaches around Porto Belo, such as Praia de Bombas or Praia Bombinhas.

With some of the best deals around for local sightseeing tours, we can help you get the most from your day off your luxury cruise liner! Enjoy a local holiday attraction and head out to Ponta do Lobo or venture further afield and catch a boat to the islands of Arvoredo and João da Cunha, both of which have fine beaches.

Those who feel that no vacation is complete without a spot of shopping will enjoy the shops and boutiques in Porto Belo that sell local crafts, wood carvings, paintings, original artworks and locally-made costume jewellery – be sure to bring a souvenir back to the ship!

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Cruise ships are not able to dock here. You will be tendered ashore.

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