Updated on Jan.17, 2012
Conde, a town less than 15 miles from João Pessoa, capital of Paraíba, is an up-and-coming destination which has drawn a growing number of Brazilian and international tourists mainly thanks to Tambaba, one of Brazil's best nude beaches, affiliated with the International Naturist Federation.
The town has several other beautiful beaches, one of which, Carapibus, has many pousadas and one of the state's best resorts: Mussulo, opened in 2009.
Conde is still a good destination for budget travel in Brazil. On the other hand, the town is working on improving its charm accommodations. On Jan.12, 2012, the City of Conde administration announced the launch of a project titled Caminhos do Encanto ("Charm Paths") aimed at evaluating the town's pousadas, helping them explore their potential in order to better accommodate the growing touristic demand in the area, and ultimately creating a new tourism product.
The project, developed in a partnership with the local Tourism Association and the Model Architecture Office at nearby university Unipê (Centro Universitário de João Pessoa), under the supervision of Professor Ricardo Araújo, will analyze the environmental conditions, infrastructure, and administration of each pousada and suggest improvements in their aesthetics, accessibility and comforts. As of this writing, 11 pousadas affiliated with the Conde Coast Tourism Association have already been visited by the project's research team.
Tambaba has a few places to stay, including one pousada in the naturist area; read about them here. Below are places to stay on other Conde beaches. As usual in Brazil pousadas and hotels, breakfast is included in the rates. Ask each pousada about their optional tours, which might include snorkeling, surfing, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and hiking.
- Mussulo Resort by Mantra
A beautiful bay in Angola inspires the name and concept of this Carapibus seafront resort with well-appointed bungalows. The resort also keeps a beach lounge on Tabatinga Beach.
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- Pousada Aruanã
With some of the best infrastructure in Conde, seafront Aruanã, opened in 2006 on Carapibus, offers guests some outstanding bungalows as well as over 50 apartments. The Presidential Bungalow, for up to six people, has a living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a hot tub, king size beds, and an outdoor deck with an ofuro and ocean views.
- Pousada Enseada do Sol
Opened in 2002, the pousada on Carapibus Beach is on a slope and has its bungalows facing the sea at multiple levels of the property; one of the pools has a long water slide. The pousada has a bar and restaurant, a game room, and a volleyball court.
- Pousada Corais de Carapibus
The coral reefs after which the pousada is named are a short walk away from this toes-in-the-sand. The pousada opened in 1995 has nearly 60 apartments with regular double or twin beds, A/C and mini refrigerators. Some have verandas. Amenities include a bar and restaurant serving regional food, two pools (one for kids), a playground, a game room, and rooms for conventions.
- Pousada Maria Bonita
Also known as Hotel Maria Bonita. One of the better options for family vacations in Conde. All the apartments at this hotel on Tabatinga have swimming pool or ocean views. The pool area is one of the best in town (with a visor for underwater photos), the large balconies with hammocks are walled in for privacy, and all the guest rooms are equipped with internet access, king size box spring beds, 20-inch TVs and mini refrigerators. Other amenities are a game room, an auditorium and a garden with sitting areas in the shade.
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- Pousada dos Mundos
Beachfront Pousada dos Mundos, in Tabatinga, stands out among accommodations in Conde with its rustic décor full of character. Wood, chita (Brazilian chintz), local textiles, handmade objects and many plants all contribute to create a colorful ambience. Good for couples, the pousada has double bungalows with A/C, a mini refrigerator, cable TV, and a veranda with a hammock. Extra beds can be requested. The luxury bungalow has a 32-inch TV and a veranda facing the meeting of the river with the ocean. The pousada has two pools (one for kids), kayaks and a crepe bar.
- Jacumã's Lodge Hotel
The hotel on Jacumã Beach has 29 apartments (including one adapted for wheelchair use) and two small pools. The accommodations are simple, but the hotel is right on the beach and has an attractive plus is its courtyard with fruit trees, by which breakfast is served in a covered terrace.
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- Pousada das Conchas
The seafront pousada in Tabatinga, opened in 1998, has 15 apartments with small balconies and hammocks. Its best features are the pretty gardens with coconut trees and the restaurant serving regional food, with a dining area in rustic décor and kiosks practically on the sand.
- Pousada da Luz
Plain but cute row bungalows, a pool, a bar and restaurant and yoga lessons are some of the traits of this small seafront pousada in Jacumã, opened in 2003. The pousada has new cars (with and without A/C) for transfers to and from the airport and nearby beaches and towns.
- Hotel Viking
Scandinavians Jan Nystedt and Leif Ornestrand opened Hotel Viking, in the heights of Jacumã, in 1992. Wanderlust had brought them to the Brazilian Northeast, where the sands reminded them of snow. Good service has made the fame of this hotel with pools for grown-ups and kids, a restaurant serving Mediterranean food, a coffee and cigar shop, a play room, game room, bar, library, hammock area and gift shop.
- Pousada Viking Praia
The seafront branch of Hotel Viking is located in front of the maceió, or natural pool, at Jacumã Beach. The pousada has six double suites with A/C and TV and a restaurant. Guests can use the amenities at Hotel Viking and vice versa; check for the availability of transfers.
- Beach Hotel
Owned since 2007 by a Scandinavian family who also has hotels in Sweden and Africa, Beach Hotel (built in 1984) has been renovated and acquired more of the charming atmosphere Conde is striving to achieve. There are 40 apartments, a restaurant and a pool area, one of the best in Conde, with water slides.
- Pousada do Inglês
A pousada with 20 apartments (three of them, for couples, opened in late 2011) and an HI hostel with collective rooms, Pousada do Inglês is right on Jacumã Beach. The leisure area has beautifully kept gardens, two small pools, barbecue grills, and ping pong and pool tables. Watch their HI Hostel TV video on YouTube.
- Pousada Zekas
In Carapibus, near the beach, Pousada Zekas has 18 apartments with A/C, mini refrigerators and TVs, some of them with sea views, and three pools with a bar. There is also a restaurant.
- Pousada Anauê
Each one of the eight side-by-side apartments at Pousada Anauê has its own small front porch, separated from the neighbors by windows with sheer drapes. The pousada just a couple of blocks from Carapibus has a pool.
- Pousada Lagoa Azul
Apartments with a clean, fresh décor, two of them for up to four people; two small pools; and a covered breakfast area facing the garden are some of the simple comforts at this pousada in Carapibus.
- Pousada Paraíba
English, French, Spanish, Italian and Euskera are spoken at this Tabatinga pousada with ten suites and a pool. All the suites have porches or balconies with hammocks and face the ocean. Guests can play beach volleyball, tennis and beach tennis. Food and drinks can be served indoors or by the pool.
- Pousada & Restaurante Gurugy
Many travelers come to this Jacumã pousada for its restaurant, specialized in seafood and open to non-guests. The pousada has bungalows with double beds or larger ones which can accommodate an extra bed.
- Pousada Bem-te-Vi
On the Conde Coast, still not rich in updated options for romantic travel, this Tabatinga pousada open to guests 12 and older only really stands out. There are 12 sparsely decorated apartments with plenty of natural light and updated bathrooms with solar heated water. One of the rooms is adapted for wheelchair users - something still rare in Conde accommodations. All the roooms face the ocean and have a balcony with a hammock; they also have A/C, 26-inch LCD screen TVs, a safe deposit box, and a mini refrigerator. The leisure area includes a pool area and a gazebo with hammocks.
- Pousada da Lua
This budget find in Jacumã, opened in 2004, has eight apartments with fans and/or A/C. The largest, for up to four people, has a veranda with a great view of the ocean. There is a pool. Naturist groups can book the whole pousada, which also offers transfers to Tambaba.
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- Pousada dos Arcos
The pousada in Jacumã got the idea for its design, with an arched wrap-around veranda, from old Brazilian farmhouses. Though spartan in look and feel, the seven apartments have their own bathrooms with a hot shower, as well as A/C, a TV and a hammock to hang in the veranda arch in front. A pool and a breakfast room are available.
- Pousada Flat Paraíso Tropical
Paraíso Tropical (in Tabatinga) has apartments with kitchens. These have a stove, a mini refrigerator, a microwave oven, a blender and cooking utensils. The apartments fit up to eight people upon request of extra beds. The common area has a pool, a playground, a barbecue grill, a hammock area, and a game room. Two children 5 and younger can stay for free.
- Pousada Porto do Sol
Brightly decorated with colorful wall texture, tile murals, garden art and printed textiles, Porto do Sol is a true budget option in Jacumã with nine apartments and a small pool (with underwater lighting). There is also a courtyard with barbecue grills and hammocks.