Awaiting Your Return From Shore
Standing on an island, Santos is best known
for its commerce, but it is also a holiday resort with magnificent beaches,
plenty of shops, and a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere. One of the city's
most attractive features is the Orchid Gardens. This serene and shady oasis
boasts a wide variety of lush, tropical vegetation, a bird sanctuary and an
open-air cage containing humming birds of 20 different species.
Santos serves as the gateway to Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo lays claim to have
long surpassed Rio as Brazil's cultural center, and is home to a lively
music and arts world.
Caution: Beware of pickpockets
around the beaches and on crowded sidewalks. Don't wear expensive watches or
jewelry or carry large sums of money on you when going ashore.
Pier Information. The ship is scheduled to
dock at the port of Santos. It is about a 10-minute drive to downtown
Santos. Taxis are generally parked outside the main gate. It may be
difficult to find English-speaking drivers. Be sure you agree on the
fare before departing the port. The distance to Sao Paulo is 45 miles.
Shopping. As a popular resort, Santos boasts
plenty of shops. Items such as leather articles, semi-precious and
precious stones, ceramics and coffee are popular buys. The most
convenient shopping can be found in the mall across from the Hotel
Cuisine. The restaurant at the Hotel Parque
Balneario may be your best bet. Otherwise, a variety of local
restaurants offer a choice of seafood, barbecue-style meats, and fast
food. Stay away from leafy salads, and make sure your food is well
cooked. Drink only bottled water and beverages.
Marine Museum. In a quiet street of the old town is this
museum in a private house. Museo de Mar features an unusual collection
of relics connected to the life in and around the ocean. There is also a
good quality gift shop.
Beaches. A long stretch of beach, usually crowded with
vacationers from Sao Paulo, runs the length of the Avenida
Presidente Wilson in the center of downtown Santos.
Guaruja. This is considered the area's most important beach resort.
The drive is about an hour from Santos.
Awaiting Your Return
Return to Your
Suite and Sail Away to The Next Adventure
and Dancing Await You