Cruise ships dock in the commercial harbor of Recife and must shuttle passengers from the port facility. No one is allowed to walk through the port facilities and there is no cruise ship terminal and associated services. The shuttle will take you into downtown Recife to a large shopping mall where taxis are located for further travel.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
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Recife, located in northeast Brazil, is the capital of Pernambuco state. The city is one of the largest in Brazil and is known as the 'Venice of Brazil' on account of the canals and waterways which crisscross the city. It is well endowed with churches and is also a popular beach resort with a fine waterfront lined with restaurants. Recife takes its name from the Portuguese word for reef, due to the city's location behind a protective coral reef.
Tourists are more at risk from pickpockets and bag snatchers, so stay alert to your surroundings and be sure to take the usual precautions.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here
Rivers and lagoons make this a tropical Venice of canals and bridges. Take time out to explore Recife's many churches and markets, or make for the beach at Boa Viagem – it rivals Rio's Copacabana. Just a few miles away is the artists' mecca of Olinda. Its streets are filled with baroque masterpieces which, patiently restored, have earned the city UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage Site.
The beaches are not clean an are shark infested.
There is a large shopping center in Recife, which also houses ten cinemas and numerous restaurants. There are also several markets in the city, selling traditional handicrafts, such as rugs, carved wood, ceramics and jewelry.
Also located near the Old Town area is the unique Prison Mall. This was Recife's prison at one time and has since been converted to a shopping mall. The shops are located in what were once the cells of the prison.
Fresh coconut is available everywhere and many dishes come with a delicious coconut sauce.
Cafes which offer free WiFi for customers are sparse.
Basic hours for most stores and businesses are from 9am to 6pm, with an extended lunch hour from around noon to 2pm.
Many museums are closed on monday.
Carnival - the five days leading up to Ash Wednesday
April 21 - Remembrance of Tiradentes
May 1 - Labour Day
September 7 - Independence Day
October 12 - Nossa Senhora Aparecida
November 2 - Dia dos Finados (the Day of the Dead)
November 15 - Proclamation of the Republic
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