Recife, one of the largest cities in Brazil, sits at the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean, Beberibe River, and Capibaribe River. The city is distributed across islands, canals, and rivers, giving it the moniker of the “Brazilian Venice”. Lazing around on the beautiful beaches and going on shopping sprees are some of the most popular things to do in Recife, and you’ll find a nice selection to choose from in both categories.
If you want to soak up in the sun and get some tan, then Recife is one of the best destinations to take. The beaches in the city are varied – Boa Viagem Beach is a long stretch of urban beach lined with huts and stalls; Brasilia Teimosa Beach is where you should go if you want a less crowded spot to go swimming and sunbathing; Pina Beach has good facilities and amenities for tourists, plus a more relaxed atmosphere than Boa Viagem Beach.
Sports fans might want to check out the Arena Pernambuco Recife, used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
There are also plenty of shopping malls, commercial centers, restaurants, bars, and clubs dotting the city. If you want to go shopping during the day or bar hopping at night, Recife will not disappoint you with its wide range of shopping destinations and nightlife venues.
Recife has a tropical monsoon climate divided into a wet season from April through August and a relatively dry season from September through March. The dry season still experiences ample rain though, and the month of November is the only dry month of the year. Annual average temperature is 26 ºC (78.8 ºF), with little variation throughout the year.
If it is sightseeing and beach combing you are after, the period between November to February offer the best conditions. This is the driest time of the year in Recife and you can expect clear, sunny skies and a warm weather most of the time during this period.
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