Salvador da Bahia has an energy and unadorned beauty that few cities can match. Once the magnificent capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Salvador is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Its brilliantly hued center is a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches. More importantly, Salvador is the nexus of an incredible arts movement. Wild festivals happen frequently, with drum corps pounding out powerful rhythms against the backdrop of colonial buildings almost daily.
At night, capoeira circles form on plazas and open spaces, while the scent of acarajé (bean and shrimp fritters) and other African delights fills the evening air. Elsewhere in town, a different spirit flows through the crowd as religious followers celebrate and reconnect with African gods at mystical Candomblé ceremonies. In fact, there’s no other place in the world where descendants of African slaves have preserved their heritage as well as in Salvador – from music and religion to food, dance and martial-arts traditions. Aside from the many attractions within Salvador, gorgeous coastline lies right outside the city – a suitable introduction to the tropical splendor of Bahia.
As one of Brazil’s 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Salvador has undergone significant changes in recent years, including the development of pedestrian-only promenades in Barra and the construction of a useful (if limited) Metro line, not to mention the inauguration of Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova football stadium. Thanks to the influx of international tourists, public transportation options have improved – and there's an affordable and user-friendly shuttle running between the airport and the city.
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There are lots of yachts visiting Salvador and there are a number of marina's to choose from. However, very few people speak English and do not be surprised if your emails go unanswered. In addition to the available marinasaround Salvador, there are literally thousands of places where you can anchor within the Salvador bay known as "Baia de Todos os Santos". Everywhere we went, we encountered friendly people who despite the language barrier were keen to interact with us. Despite reports of crime, we did not encounter anything of the sort during our 4 months stay in Salvador. We befriended many locals who showed us around Salvador and took us to places we would otherwise never have known about. If you spend some time here, you will find Salvador to be a fascinating place only surpassed by the friendships we formed.
There are lots of yachts visiting Salvador and there are a number of marina's to choose from.
Av. do Contorno N 1010 , Salvador de Bahia , Brazil
Tel:+55 (0)71 3322 7244 Fax:+55 (0) 71 3322 7244 , VHF Channel 16, 68
Website: Bahia Marina
Marina staff reported to be very helpful. Water and electricity on the dock, good security. Chandlery. Floating fuel dock (visa accepted). Limited space for visitors. Boatyard with 40 ton travel lift (monohulls only), many repair trades represented. The area just outside this marina can be dangerous and it is advisable to use a taxi even for short distances, day and night. This is a more upper class marina and their prices reflect this. We stayed here for about a week, but found it to be too expensive. Also mostly motor cruisers and very few sailing yachts.
SOCICAM - Terminal Nautico
Avenida da Franca , s/n Commercio , Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
Tel:+ 55 71 3241-9783
Website: Terminal Nautico
The marina has floating docks, with a potential swell running snubbers are recommended. Helpful staff. Cheaper than Marina Bahia. WiFi/Fax/Tel/email services, laundry. Many staff speak English and French. Close to the Lacerda elevator and the business area with banks, post office, cyber cafe, shops and restaurants. Yacht repairs can be done by Marcello Brochini - ask around, everybody knows him. We stayed here for 3 months and we were mostly happy with everything - except that their WiFi did not work.
Marina Pier Salvador
Av. Porto dos Tainheiros, 1704 Ribeira, Salvador
Tel:(+55) 71 3316 1406 Fax:(+55) 71 3316 1406
Website: Marina Pier Salvador
A friendly marina in a sheltered bay north of the city at 12º54.82’S, 38º29.47’W. All facilities, laundry, WiFi, chandlery, restaurant, small shop. Nearby bus into the city. Owner speaks English and French and is most helpful. A good place to leave the boat. At LW 1.4m in the approach channel. This marina is cheaper than the above, not the nicest marina and it is quite far from everything. I don't know so much about the so-called "Blue Flag" (First class quality, safety and price) certification from the STW Association - except price perhaps, there is nothing nice about this place.
Ocema Iate Club
Rua Linha, km 2, 62 - Aratú, Simões Filho, Salvador
Tel: +55 71 3199-2937
Website: Ocema Iate Club
We don't know much about this marina - except that this is one of the few places where yachts (especially catamarans) can be hauled out for repairs. Friends of ours on a catamaran stayed here for 3 weeks where it was hauled out for repairs and they were happy with the marina and the help they received.
Aratu Iate Clube
Rua do Aratu Iate Clube, 707 - Ilha de São João, Simões Filho, Salvador
Tel: +55 71 3216-7444
Website: Aratu Iate Clube
We have no knowledge of this marina.