Things to do in São Luis

Experience the pulsating reggae parties of São Luis

The state capital of Maranhão, Brazil, São Luis is a humble city brimming with cultural and natural attractions. Its historic center is well preserved and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site while the beaches of São Luis are a paradise on Earth. Spend an eventful holiday soaking up the wonderful atmosphere of the city, enjoying all of the fantastic things to do in São Luis.


Things to do in São Luis


São Luis Beaches

The beaches of São Luis are a major tourist draw because of their laid-back ambiance and sensational nightlife scene. Ponta d’Areia, Calhau, and São Marcos are some of the most popular beach destinations in the city. Reggae parties are typical in the beachside resorts and bars in São Luis.


Madeira Port and Itaqui Port

You can go to the major sea ports of São Luis, namely Madeira Port and Itaqui Port, if you want to learn more about the city’s main industry which is the exportation of iron ore and other metals.




Shopping in São Luis

Being a large pedestrian mall in the city center, Rua Grande has been one of the main shopping districts in the city. There are a couple of other malls and plenty of shops throughout the city, a lot of which can be found in the historic center. There is also the São Luis Shopping cinema, the largest movie theater in the city.


When to go to São Luis

Because of the tropical monsoon climate of the city, São Luis experiences a short dry season from August through November and a long wet season covering the rest of the year. Average temperatures stay quite constant at 26 to 27 °C (79 to 81 °F) throughout the year, with higher humidity during the wet season.


The Bumba-meu-boi Festival

Bumba-meu-boi is one of the biggest cultural festivals in São Luis. It is a two-week celebration in June where people celebrate the folklore behind the Iberian origin. Theatric storytelling, musical events, and dances are held throughout the city during this festival.


Things to do in São Luis

São Luis Facts

Population1 011 943
CurrencyBrazilian Real
AirportMarechal Cunha Machado Intl, Brazil (SLZ)

São Luis average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Sao Luis - Historic Centre of São Luís

The Historic Centre of São Luís is the part of the city that has remained the most similar to the Portuguese colonial town it used to be. Its beauty rests on the adaptation of the Portuguese style to the climate and conditions of equatorial South America, which has introduced the city to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The centre is quite small, so you will be able to see everything in a day without any rush. You will enjoy beautiful façades and churches, but unfortunately many buildings are in urgent need of restoration. Still, you will be able to appreciate it if you can see through it and admire the essence of the city, like the Portuguese painted ceramics decorating many walls.

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