The village is still small. No more than a couple of streets, laid out in a maze-like grid. There are several restaurants, shops (mostly beach wear), car rentals, agencies operating tours to the neighborhood. The beach front is fully taken by hotels, with (few) restaurants in between. The beach line is 18 km long, all with white, fine grained, clean sand. There is a chain of reefs lining all along the coast. During the lower tide, the water trapped by the reefs forms several natural pools; tourists can swim, dive and feed the fishes.
Porto de Galinhas means Port of Chickens; during the 18th century, when the traffic of slaves was forbidden, "chicken" was the code used to refer to the slaves. "There are new chickens in town" was the way to say that a ship loaded with slaves had arrived.
Until a few years ago, Porto de Galinhas was an anonymous small village of fishermen; today, it's a famous one but many of the locals still make a living out of the catches they get from the sea, the coconuts which abound in the palm tree plantations and the small commerce businesses.
Porto de Galinhas, the city of great holiday!
Beach holidays in Porto de Galinhas