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Low season in Brazil

Information. 9-May-2018 .brazilbeachtravel
Report on travel to Brazil in the low season and its advantages and disadvantages.

After the last day of carnival, it begins and continues until December 26 or 27, what is known as the low season in Brazil. It is time to take advantage of good prices and tranquility on the beaches that during the summer are overwhelmed by mass tourism. However, it is also good to pay attention to the advantages and disadvantages of traveling to Brazilian beaches during this time of year.

Beach in Pernambuco
Beach in Pernambuco
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Months of low season

While there are destinations such as Salvador de Bahia or the city of Rio de Janeiro where throughout the year the tourist flow is very important. In general, in most destinations and especially due to massive internal tourism, there are huge peaks of tourists in New Year and Carnival, and to a lesser extent in the month of January and February, then the tourist flow drops exponentially until To touch floor approximately in May, the season improves towards July due to the European and North American tourism and then with certain ups and downs a reduced number of tourists stays until December.

Coroa Vermelha (Bahía) en abril
Coroa Vermelha (Bahía) en abril
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Except for those specific variations, it can be said that the general low season in Brazil is between the months of March and December.

South of bahía
South of bahía
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Best months to travel in low season to Brazil according to each region

In southern Brazil the best month of the low season to travel is March(in years when the carnival is in February) especially since after that month the temperatures begin to fall. December and November are also good months.

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In the Northeast, on the other hand, due to the lower possibility of rains, the best months are usually from August to December. In certain destinations in the south of Bahia, Arraial d'Ajuda, Trancoso and Porto Seguro, the months before the summer, however, are usually somewhat windy. Interesting however for those who want to practice water sports such as Kitesurfing.

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In the regions of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo the climate remains temperate until May or June, although at night the temperatures can fall quite especially entering the winter. This moderate cold is compensated taking into account that the statistical probabilities of rainfall are reduced considerably in those months and even more in winter( see average rainfall according to the month ), the north coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro and the coast of Espírito Santo can be a good option for those who want travel in those months.

Bombinhas: Good destination to travel in march
Bombinhas: Good destination to travel in march
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Pros: advantages of traveling to Brazil in low season

Cheaper flights: As the number of potential travelers decreases, prices tend to go down considerably. It is true that the number of services is also reduced, which should be reserved quickly.

Cheapest accommodation: Accommodation prices are significantly reduced during the low season, while the availability of rooms in inns and hotels during the peaks of the high season(dates close to New Year and Carnival) is usually very limited, in low season and popular destinations there is an abundance of available rooms, which forces the owners of inns to lower prices considerably to compete for the few tourists arriving at the destination . Very important in this sense is to negotiate prices for quantity of days, during low season the owners of inns will be willing to reduce the rates a lot by ensuring a minimum of days of stay. The prices of this form become very convenient for stays of 7, 10, 15 or 30 days. Always know that in the low season when negotiating the traveler has an indisputable advantage: travelers with a need to stay are few, rooms and empty inns are many .

Tranquility on the beaches: The same beaches that during the high season are saturated by mass tourism become solitary and quiet during the low season, this makes traveling in the low season especially ideal for couples looking for peace and tranquility, or for those who want to disconnect completely after a lot of work. The low season is also ideal to enjoy destinations where it is important to contact nature more directly: while in high season it is most common for one to be on a somewhat remote and apparently quiet beach enjoying nature, and from one moment to another it is literally invaded by mass tourists brought with several buses by agencies that are responsible for promoting mass tourism. In high season it is also common to have to queue at some restaurants that are known for their good price/quality, in low season there will always be tables available at the best bars and restaurants in the destination.

Many Brazilian destinations during high season peaks(dates close to the end of the year and carnival especially) are literally invaded by groups of young people who either finished their studies or are in a parenthesis and all they want is to completely untie in a beach destination. If what you want from the holidays is to rest from an exhausting year in the tranquility of an exotic Brazilian destination, what you will find instead in those high season peak dates, is that you will live startled and wake up with the screams of your near-teenage neighbors of inn, jumping and singing to the screams in the pool until dawn.

Cons: disadvantages of traveling to Brazil in low season

Cold weather in the south, rainy in the northeast: One of the main disadvantages of traveling to Brazil in the low season may be the weather, despite the fact that the climate world is changing rapidly, we can use historical averages of maximum and minimum temperatures as well as rainfall according to the regions to determine the possibilities of having good weather or not in a certain destination. In that sense the south as of May becomes somewhat cold for what is expected on vacation on the beach, the northeast on the other hand, while maintaining relatively high temperatures throughout the year, from March and April begins to increase gradually the chances of rain until at least the month of August. This does not mean that you can not have good weather in those months, but statistically the chances of rain are greater.( See rainfall averages in several regions of Brazil according to the month )

Excessive tranquility and little agitation: What for some may be a pro for others may clearly be against, during low season there is neither the amount of parties, nor events, No amount of tourists, even remotely the turmoil of the high season, if what is sought is party and fun the off-season may not be the best option. However, for those who also want fun and parties in the off-season, in June many peaceful destinations(especially from Bahia and throughout the rest of the Northeast) become hectic for a week, with the traditional Fiestas de São João, almost like a carnival in winter .

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Temperatures and average historical weather

Historical weather for this month (July)

75 mm
Río de Janeiro
56 mm
Salvador de Bahía
143 mm
184 mm
44 mm


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