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Brazil is a very desirable all year round sailing destination. It benefits from fantastic warm weather, constant steady prevailing winds and no hurricanes. Costa Verde (The Green Coast) sailing ground is a magnificent area for yacht chartering. With hundreds of pretty coconut palm fringed tropical islands, pristine soft white beaches, calm clear waters and secluded anchorages, you will definitely find that Brazil is one of your dream destinations.



Getting to Brazil

Due to its incredible size Brazil has 35 airports, the main international airports are:
-Rio de Janeiro - Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport
-Sao Paulo 's Aeroporto Guarulhos
-Brasília International Airport

Connecting flights to cities around the country leave regularly from these airports. The other principal gateways are Manaus , Macapa and Belem , all located in the North.

Iinternational airlines that fly to brazil are:

United Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, KLM, LAN-Chile, Lufthansa, Pluna, South African Airways, SAS, SWISS, Air China, AeroMexico, Air Europa, and TAP Air Portugal.

Brazil's national airlines are Varig, TAM, GOL, Oceanair and VASP which fly both domestically and internationally.


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Marina facilities in Brazil

Entry Requirements 

All tourists need passports to enter Brazil, but visas may or may not be mandatory depending upon relation between countries.
Passports must have expiration dates exceeding 6 months after the date of entry.

Brazilian visas must be obtained in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to the traveler's place of residence.  There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.  All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of validity, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid. 


Citizens from the following countries do not need visas for remaining in the country for less than 90 days:

Andorra,  Argentina,  Austria,  Bahamas,  Barbados,  Belgium,  Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Holland, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Malta, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.


Brazil’s national language is Portuguese, it is however slightly different from that spoken in Portugal and regional accents differ in each state. Spanish, English, Italian, French and German are also spoken, particularly in tourist areas.


Violent crime against tourists and foreigners are rare but do occur.
Petty crimes such as theft are more common as they are in most major cities around the world.
Visitors should take common-sense precautions against petty crime.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and use safety deposit facilities if available.

Do not wear flashy jewelry or expensive items such as designer sunglasses or valuable watches in the street. 
Secure cameras around your neck or in a bag.
Do not leave valuables unattended on the beach or in cars. 
Always lock up boats when going ashore. 
Travel in groups where possible and do not walk around alone, especially at night.

Check with your Charter Agency about areas to visit and areas to avoid.
Drug taking is illegal and any participation in the use of drugs will result in prosecution.




Always check with your doctor before travelling which vaccinations you will need.
Most major cities have water treatment plants, however, the tap water in Brazil is not safe to drink, always drink bottled water.
Avoid uncooked foods such as salads as they are usually washed in untreated water.
When buying food from a street vendor always check it is well cooked.
Sunscreen is always advisable as the sun can be strong.

When in the sea take care not to touch anything, just look. Be careful not to stand on a Sea Urchin, if you do and the spines are protruding from your skin, remove them with care. If the spine is beneath the skin do not try to remove as they will eventually dissolve. Soak with vinegar or some form of antiseptic to stop infection.


Taxes and Service Charges

Departure tax - $36.00 USD payable in US dollars or the equivalent in Real.
Service Charge - 10% is often added to the bill so check before you leave further gratuity.
Gratuity is discretional, usually 10–15% depending on the level of service and quality of establishment.
Chambermaids and bellboys usually get $1 tip but airport luggage handlers may charge you $1 per bag.
Tipping is not expected in Taxi’s however you many choose to round up the fare. Drivers in some cities charge for helping with baggage.
Advertised prices on store windows and bills will always include sales taxes.


An internationally accredited sailing license must be presented for all persons wishing to skipper the yacht. The skipper must guarantee that no unqualified person on board is to take command of the vessel during the charter period. A temporary license can be obtained by a skipper if their national country does not issue them a navigation license.


The Brazilian currency is the Real and is written as R$.
U.S dollars are easily exchanged at hotels, banks, travel agencies and currency exchange offices. Generally, the exchange rate for traveler's cheques is lower than for cash.
Credit cards are widely accepted in large cities in Brazil, however, if you are traveling to smaller towns or sailing, it is advisable to exchange some money before your trip.

Most Brazilian banks offer ATMs, however some foreign cards may not be accepted. Banking hours are from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday.

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Time Zone

There are 4 time zones in Brazil.  The time in most of Brazil visited by foreign tourists is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-3).

Standard Time: GMT-3
Daylight Saving Time: GMT-2
Brazil Eastern Time: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe
Districts: Adotam Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Distrito Federal
Standard Time: GMT-2
Does not operate Daylight Saving Time - Brazil Fernando de Noronha Archipelago
Standard Time: GMT-4
Does not operate Daylight Saving Time - Mazonas, Roraima, Rondônia, Amapá, Pará
Standard Time: GMT-5
Does not operate Daylight Saving Time - Brazil - Acre State


Brazil’s electrical current is either 110V or 220V, 60 cycles.
Salvador and Manaus are different with a current of 127V.
Most major hotels have 110V and 220V sockets; always check before plugging in electrical appliances.
The plug sockets have two round pins; in many new facilities the sockets will accept both regular U.S and Brazilian types of plugs.


International dialing code:   +(55)

Embratel is the premium telecommunications provider in Brazil, offering a wide range of telecommunication services, such as advanced voice, high-speed data transmission, Internet, data communication by satellite and corporate networks.

To place local or long distance call within Brazil using a pay public telephone you will need a local, long-distance or international phone card that can be bought at newsagents.



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