Recife Brazil can be considered a mix between Miami and Times Square. This is an odd combination, but it will soon make sense. If you take away the neon lights, Recife is very similar to Miami in the sense that a metropolis lay on the edge of an ocean. Between all those sky-reaching buildings and the breaking waves are beautiful beaches that attract different types of crowds. If you want to visit the most popular beach in all of Brazil, you go to Boa Viagem Beach in Recife. However, more secluded options are available up and down the coast without having to leave Recife.
The relation to Times Square is for a much different reason. Prior to 1999, Times Square was known for prostitutes, hustlers, thieves, and some of the seediest characters known to man. The same was true of Recife at around the same time. Times Square and Recife were both cleaned up at roughly the same time, which brought booming business back to each area. Recife is now known as one of the safest cities in Brazil.
Anyone visiting Recife needs to visit Bom Jesus Street. This is where the majority of the bars, nightclubs, and restaurants of Recife are located. However, also keep in mind that while this is the ideal nightlife location, it is not the only option in town. A few of the most popular nightlife destinations in Recife are Repertorio, Metropole World Dance, Depois Dancing Bar, Cathedral de Seresta, Andador Dancing Bar, Budega Club, and the Downtown Pub. Don’t worry. No matter what your age, there is a place you will fit in. The Repertorio has a different theme each night, which will help determine the crowd. Metropole World Dance has three floors of different types of music. The average age at the Depois Dancing Bar is over 30. The Cathedral de Seresta features a middle-aged crowd. And the Downtown Pub is for college-aged patrons. Anyone who prefers a restaurant with live music can visit the Budega Club. Expect jazz, blues, and Brazilian music on most nights.
Recife offers much for the sightseer. Some of the most popular sites in Recife are the Gardens of Palacio das Princesas, the School of Laws, the Federal Court, 13 de Maio, Sculptures Park, Marco Zero Square, and streets lined with buildings of Dutch influence. The Dutch had a strong 20 to 30 year stay in Recife in the early to mid-1600s, and they definitely made their mark. Their architecture still exists in much of Recife, as well as in surrounding areas. Seeing Recife by foot is not the only option. You can also see it by catamaran - by river or sea. Catamaran tours are a popular Recife activity. The excitement of Recife can be fun, but it’s also nice to see it from the serenity of the water for a different perspective.
Those who like to shop will love Recife. Great bargains can be found in the downtown area. And for those looking for high-end shopping, The Plaza is the place to be.
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