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Cabo de Santo Agostinho

Suape beach

Cabo de Santo Agostinho (Cape of Saint Augustine) is 35 km south of the city of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Although the official Portuguese discovery of Brazil was by Pedro Álvares Cabral on April 21, 1500, some historians believe that Vicente Yáñez Pinzón already had set anchor in a bay in Cabo de Santo Agostinho on January 26, 1500, which he named Cabo de Santa María de la Consolación.[1] It was incorporated as a town in 1811.

Cabo de Santo Agostinho has both an industrial section that is centered on the Suape port and many tropical beaches and nature reserves. The best known beaches are Calhetas, Paraíso, and Gaibu. In Pedra do Xareu one can find the Recanto do Domingos at the far south end of the beach. Accommodations at beaches can range from inexpensive pousadas (bed and breakfast) to extremely expensive resorts.


  • Geography 1
  • Economy 2
    • Economic Indicators 2.1
    • Suape Harbour 2.2
    • Health Indicators 2.3
  • Beaches 3
  • Notes and references 4



The main economic activities in Cabo de Santo Agostinho are based in tourism, commerce and a strong and diversified industry located closed to Suape port.

Economic Indicators

View of Suape Harbour, Pernambuco, Brazil. The photo was taken from the Cabo de Santo Agostinho, looking southward.
Population [2] GDP x(1000 R$).[3] GDP pc (R$) PE RMR
171.583 2.813.188 17.244 4.60% 7.16%

Economy by Sector

Primary sector Secondary sector Service sector
0.57% 59.94% 39.49%

Suape Harbour

Suape port is a Brazilian International Port located in the city of Ipojuca state of Pernambuco, among the municipalities of Ipojuca and Cabo de Santo Agostinho, inside the Recife metropolitan area and distant 40 km South of the capital (Recife). Suape serves ships 365 days a year without any restriction with regard to tidal schedules. Suape is one of the most important harbour and container terminals in northeast of Brazil playing an important role in the economy of the state of Pernambuco.[4] Suape has started in the 21st Century to be Pernambuco's motive power toward development. Huge national and international investments are being attracted by its logistic qualities, of which, until 2010, more than US$10 billion are expected.

Health Indicators

HDI (2000) Hospitals (2007) Hospitals beds (2007) Children's Mortality every 1000 (2005)
0.707 4 281 15.9


View from Suape, looking north towards Recife
Paiva beach

Much sought for the practice of surf, has warm and transparent water, vegetation of Atlantic forest and coconut trees, and small natural pools formed between the rocks. Does not provide any visitors service yet. There's a mall, a huge hotel and all a new neighborhood been built in there.

Itapuama beach

With two kilometers long, is a hot site for water sports and fishing. Has hotels, bars and restaurants.

Xeréu beach

Due to the depth of the water, this beach is suitable for diving and also for fishing. In the sand, has volcanic rocks and the bather has access to tents where is served appetizers and fish meals.

Enseada dos Corais beach

Means coral bay, it has natural reefs and weak waves. The services are just a few bars and restaurants.

Gaibu beach

High waves and wide range of sand in its 3 kilometers long. Good for swimming but, it requires attention because of the existence of deep areas. At high tides is good for surfing. It has several hotels, hostels, bars, restaurants, etc. Together, with Porto de Galinhas and Itamaracá beaches are part of the most exciting beaches in the Northeast coast of Brazil.


Much sought for diving, is stuck between rocks and coconut trees. It has bars and restaurants and, is one of the hot spots of the state for underwater fishing.

Paraiso beach

Which means Heaven, its a tiny beach (little heaven) about 30 meters long and stuck between large rocks. The reefs make the sea almost without waves and that is the reason of the name.

Suape beach

Virtually without waves and little deep sea, is considered excellent for water sports. At low tide, there are sand banks. Its located in the Suape region close to the industrial and port complex of Suape.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Morison, Samuel (1974). The European Discovery of America: The Southern Voyages, 1492-1616. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  2. ^ IBGE Population 2009 Cabo de Santo Agostinho, page 32]
  3. ^ Cabo de Santo Agostinho 2007 GDP IBGE page 29
  4. ^ SUAPE - Port and Industrial Complex
  5. ^ PE State site - City by city profile

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