Santo Andre, Bahia, Brazil
Just 35 km north of Porto Seguro international airport lies the picturesque region of Santo Andre. Santo Andre is a quaint artists vilage that was preserved from mass tourism because of the ferry boat one has to take from Santa Cruz Cabralia.
However, the region (Santo Antonio, Guaiu, Mogiquicaba) is just as accessible as Trancoso - and has some very nice, virgin beaches with lush palm tree gardens.
There are only two differences: the region has not yet been developed, and prices are about 1/5th of similar beaches in Trancoso.
The Costa Brasilis resort - one of the first, finer developments near Santo Andre
Most plots stretch almost 1000 meters inland, up to the excellent asphalt road. Behind the road, the land rises up which creates a nice backdrop.
Further norths, past Mogiquicaba and towards Belmonte, beaches have two handicaps - many show the piers of a little private port, and, more importantly, a huge river near Belmonte carries enormous amounts of orange-brown sediments into the ocean - creating darker water in front of otherwise attractive beaches.
A Portuguese group has bought a large property in that region - and it is only a matter of time before the area will attract attention (and, much higher prices).
There is a first luxury hotel, Costa Brasilis, that has opened just across the ferry - 10 minutes from this area. Also Toca do Marlin, voted Brazil's best pousada-resort by Condé-Nast, is located nearby - all signs of a trends towards quality development.
Other than that, a group around billionaire Bozano owns a large piece of land near Santo Andre for which JV partners have been approached.
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