No one is heading to Brazil in June and July just to sip caipirinhas on the beach. But no matter whether you're a hooligan determined to spend World Cup inebriated or incarcerated or a neophyte looking for a good time, you'll need something to do in the downtime between soccer matches. Fortunately, Brazil is as dynamic as beautiful as a host country could possibly be and its host countries aren't just for kick. Here's where to go when your not rooting for your team.
Salvador is a gracious seaside city famous for its colorful architecture and pleasant people. There are – short – very few reasons to leave after you've arrived. That said, the best one is just off the coast a short drive south. Ilha de Boipeda, a short ferry ride from shore, is a sandy island with vast beaches and a deep green forest. The place is a caricature of tropical abundance and a stay in the Geographic Boipeda Hostel – a lackluster but very, very well located lodge – is a great way to experience the best the coast has to offer. Bring a lot of suntan lotion and a very little bathing suit and you'll fit right in.
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