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BEACH-BUMS NEEDED. From time to time we find a property that gets us so excited we think everyone deserves to experience it at some point. The villa in Caraiva is one of those. A dream-like beach-shack, set on the sand front of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by a tropical garden full of mangrove trees and bougainvillea that will suit anyone looking to disconnect from their day-to-day routine and connect with their inner-hippy. This is barefoot luxury and its simplest and best; a great beach, great food and drinks and a knock-out beach house.

One of the oldest villages in Brazil, there are no roads in Caraiva, no bridge over the river, no motorized transport and no street lighting, but what you will find are sandy paths through the village; donkey-cart taxis, huge star-studded night skies, a couple of surprisingly good restaurants, endless beaches, the sound of the surf and peace. It is one of our favourite places in all Brazil and after a few days here you are guaranteed to return to your daily grind feeling energized and full of life….and quite probably wishing that you weren’t back at all.

Just 10 meters from the sea, the main house is built on the site of an old beach bar that the owners demolished to build the house and cottages that fills the 5,000m site today. The property, recently featured in Elle Décor, was built by Sao Paulo architect Camila Todedo and was designed to sit easily in its surroundings. Friends of BBH and former Caraiva residents Flavio and Nanna (Uxua, Ponta de Camarao) consulted on the design and the result is a typical Bahian style home that is lofty, airy and full of light and that is emblematic of Caraiva, its surroundings and history. An absence of walls, a magnificent local piaçava thatch roof and polished cement floors are very much in keeping with traditions of Bahian architecture and a style that has become associated with Trancoso and the surrounding area.

Inside the property is filled with billowing white mossy nets, antique Brazilian furniture weathered wood and oversized pots and urns with great emphasis on the use of natural materials and textiles.

In the best spirit of castaway destinations it’s hard to reach, but even harder to leave.



• Bedroom 1 (Master Suite): Large suite with double bed | air-conditioning | located on the ground floor with a view to the garden
• Bedroom 2 - 3: Double bed | ideal for children | located on the first floor | with ceiling fans (no air-conditioning)
• Kitchen, dining and living areas

• Bedroom 4 (The Wooden Suite): Double bed | 50 m2 | fan and air-conditioning | view to the beach
• Bedroom 5 (The Thatched Suite): Double bed | 50 m2 | fan and air-conditioning | view to the beach
• Bedroom 6 (The Yellow Cottage): Two floors | Upstairs: Double bedroom with ceiling fan (no air-conditioning), and receives a north easterly breeze from its 6 windows | Downstairs: bathroom, sitting room and deck

• Attached to the main house there is a beach bar and ocean front deck with sun loungers
• Large garden

Area description

There's an adage with remote Brazilian beaches: first go the hippies, then the yachties, then the French ... Caraiva is still at the happy-hippy stage of discovery and even then only for a brief period in the summer. There are no roads or motorised transport in Caraiva is so the sounds that prevail are the breeze in the high almond trees and the exhaling of a dozen mules that pull the little carts that are the only alternative to walking the sandy paths through the village. The beach stretches uninterrupted for more than a day's walk in either direction - north as far as the much-hyped village of Trancoso and south to Corumbau. Golden sands lead down to the water where a firm surf pushes relentlessly against the shore and provides the soundtrack to the handful of idyllic beach bars. And then, of course, there are the goalposts that remind you that you are in Brazil. One of the oldest inhabited communities in Brazil, Caraiva was among the first villages to lay underground energy and the lack of public lighting means the night stars are a pure canopy of stars and moonlight.

Caraiva can be visited year round and the sea is always warm enough for swimming and there is little variation of temperature or rainfall during the course of the year. Like everywhere on the Brazilian coast, Caraiva is busiest over New Year.
There are good restaurants in Caraiva including the Boteco do Para on the bank of the river, the Bardo Porto and Cacharia and in Espelho, the next village to the north along the beach is the famous beach restaurant, Sylvinha’s.
Walking north along the beach you will get to the hamlet of Satu – a great spot for a coconut if walking to Espelho.
15km to the south – and a great boat ride away – is the little village of Corumbau with miles of white sand and a sand bar sticking out into the ocean. A great day out.

Trancoso is about an hour’s drive north once you have crossed the River Caraiva.



  • Outdoor Seating
  • Beach
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Security
  • Maid Service
  • Child Friendly
  • Surfing
  • BBQ
  • Beachfront
  • Good for Events
  • 12 Guests
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms


The house comes with a domestic staff of 4, none of whom speak English. The team includes a maid, good local cook and a night watchman.

Additional professional cooks, maids, babysitters, and barmen may be provided for an extra cost and paid for locally when requested in advance. An English-speaking concierge is available to assist guests for an extra charge and must be requested in advance.

Private transfers with trusted drivers from Porto Seguro airport (approx. 3 hours / 160km) will be arranged for an additional cost. The journey by road takes you back in land from Porto Seguro to Eunapolis and then south to Monte Pascoal where you head back to the coast through the national park. It’s a pretty journey. From Trancoso it takes the best part of an hour to get to the River Caraiva from where you cross by dug out canoe. A memorable way to arrive.

To make your arrival at the property as relaxing as possible, we suggest we stock the kitchen and fridges with a customized grocery shop prior to your trip. This means that you will arrive to a kitchen full of food, a fridge full of cold drinks and that the first meal can be served shortly after your arrival. A small charge will be charged for this service as groceries will need to be transported from either Trancoso or Porto Seguro.

Best Bits

  • Direct beach access
  • A dream home for all Robinson Crusoe wannabes
  • The village of Caraíva: a destination to throw off the cares of the day to day life and live a luxurious, simple life
  • Great destination for children

Bear in Mind

  • Hard to get and even harder to leave
  • None of the staff speak English
  • The remoteness of the village means there are limited local shops and will not suit groups looking for high glamour and nightlife (that is perfectly catered for in Trancoso just up the coast)
  • There is WIFI internet and the connection is good given the remote destination. That's not to say it won't occasionally run slower than you may be used to and the connection may drop without warning

Availability and Prices

Please contact us for a quote based on specific dates.
Some properties have discounts available for smaller numbers of guests or couples.

Minimum stay: 7 nights throughout the year, and 10 nights for New Year.

• Full staff of 4 including (none speak English): maid, good local cook and night watchman
• All local taxes & domestic bills (except for telephone)

• Assistance of an English-speaking BBH concierge available for an extra cost and must be booked in advance
• Transfers to and from the villa
• Additional staff (professional cooks, maids, babysitters, barmen, etc.) available for an extra charge and must be booked in advance
• Food & beverages (can be pre-paid so that the kitchen is fully stocked upon arrival; this service has an extra cost of US$ 150, plus the cost of the groceries)
• Tips

• Availability & prices are subject to change & will be confirmed at the time a booking request is received
• A one off US$ 300 booking fee is charged for all reservations
• A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure any booking, with the balance due no later than 60 days before the date of arrival. If the booking is made within 60 days of the date of arrival, then the full value of the rental is required
• Security deposit is usually 10% of the total amount of the booking (or a minimum of US$ 1,000) and should be paid with the balance. Usually it will be returned within 10 working days after departure if there are no damages or outstanding payments to be settled upon departure
• Full Terms & Conditions may be viewed here.

Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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