Beware of Surf
Beware of Surf Itacoatiara Reviews
Beware of the surf Aug 13, 2008
Beautiful beach with beautiful people, but beware of the strong surf. many tourists end up needing rescue or worse. Once you go past the break though it is very peaceful. It is dangerous because the waves crash right onto the beach instead of rolling into it. I've seen many people thrown face first into the sand.
Do not swim here if the waves are really breaking unless you are very strong! When the waves break it is a surfers paradise, but not for the beginner. Advanced surfers only!
Best advice: watch the waves for a few minutes to get the sets down and time you entry. When you get out go with the waves, they will push you right onto the beach. Swim near the locals.
If you want a calmer spot for swimming: Face the water then turn to your right and walk to the black rock. On the other side of the rock is a perfect place for weak swimmers and children. It is a nice area where reef breaks the waves, almost like a natural pool. Down side: lots of children!
If you get stuck don't freak out!!!! The water is very calm past the break. Just yell for help. The locals will jump right in, as they used this beach to swim morning laps.
And don't let this scare you away, this was one of the best beaches I went to.
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