About Praia Da Macumba

Driving west along Barra Beach you will come to a small island almost connected to the coast at low tide. In the lee of the island's east side is a surf spot called Canto do Recreio. It's a shifty sand-bottom break that works best on big swells from the S to SSW and on smaller swells from the ESE, at low to mid tide.

The west side of the island is Praia da Macumba. It breaks on the same swells but can be good at low tide when it's small, as well. When it's big, Macumba can handle it, breaking outside and rolling in. It can be one of the best spots for longboarding.

Source: Praia Da Macumba Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels -- Depends on size of course, and which spot exactly. Beginners towards the left corner (Farofa e Rico Point) and more experienced towards the middle (CCB) and the right corner (Secreto).

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Not too bad.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Always crowded, except when it's big.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Very consistent and holds bigger swells. Slower/fatter wave at the left corner, and faster/hollower wave towards the right side.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Usually an easy paddle. Can be long in bigger days, but it is not a heavy wave breaking, especially towards the left side.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

In general the water worsens after heavy rains, especially near the right corner.

Additional Information


Other surfers and their boards, especially towards the left side and on smaller days.



Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

Fall and winter are best, but breaks year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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