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The Best of Boa Viagem Beach/Protective Coral Reefs/Close to Everything

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3-bedroom, 3-bathroom beautiful beachside apartment / 1300 sq. ft.

This is our home in Brazil where we come to escape the cold and wet winters in the U.S. We recently purchased this apartment and completely remodeled and furnished it with all new furniture and appliances. We occupied it for the first time in November, 2016. So, if you are looking for a very comfortable home environment that is maintained to very high standards of maintenance and cleanliness, located in the very best part of Boa Viagem Beach, this is the apartment for you. The 1300 square feet/120 square meters of living space provide for ample comfort.

The most attractive feature of the apartment is the living room veranda. We removed the veranda door and part of the wall, making the veranda part of the living room. To maximize the light and the ocean view, we had accordion windows (janelas cortinas) installed that, when retracted, bring the outdoors in. Then we raised the veranda floor 10 inches/26 cm, which provides a gorgeous view of the beach through the 12-foot-wide window. With the large windows, you are able to enjoy the cooling, gentle breezes of the ever-present trade winds.

The apartment is located on the 10th floor of the apartment building, affording an excellent view of the beach from the living room and two of the bedrooms. The beach is literally just across the street from the apartment building. The water is warm all year round, and at low tide, protective coral reefs provide for safe swimming at this section of the beach.. There are 4.54 miles of broad sidewalks and dedicated bike paths along Boa Viagem Beach. Joggers and walkers are seen at all hours of the day and early evening, getting in their daily workouts. There are several exercise stations along the Avenida available for public use at no cost. Also, there are tenis courts, soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts and a skate park. There are bicycle rental stations located along the Avenida, as well as several very nice playground areas for children. All of these things are only a 10-20 minute walk from our apartment.

Within walking distance are found many restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, banks, pharmacies, hotels, and much more. The Bairro (Neighborhood) of Boa Viagem is the most upscale part of Recife, known for its quality restaurants, popular night clubs, and large shopping centers.

Boa Viagem is clearly the most sought-after neighborhood in the city. Our apartment is located in the best section of the beach for safe swimming and proximity to restaurants, etc.

More Details

Bob Crites
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Bob Crites

Bob grew up in a small town near Eugene, Oregon, USA. Dalva, his wife, was born and raised in Recife, Brazil, where she has a large extended family. Their children and grandchildren live in the United States, Brazil and Costa Rica. Attracted to adventure and foreign lands, Bob first came to know Brazil as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Later, he served as an Associate Peace Corps Director in Guatemala. His love of people led him to a career in school counseling, during which time he founded a small nonprofit organization that provided academic scholarships to impoverished Brazilian and Tanzania children.

He has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. For 16 years he was a member of the Metropolitan Rotary Club of Eugene, Oregon.

Dalva is a living encyclopedia of Braziliian music and northeast Brazilian culture. She is renowned among family and friends for her delicious, traditional regional cuisine. A quintessential northeasterner, she is passionate about her northeastern culture and its traditions. To know Dalva is to love her. She is an unofficial Brazilian ambassador par excellence. Interestingly, she is a citizen of Brazil, Italy (her grandfather immigrated to Brazil) and the United States. She thinks that three passports are enough. In retirement, Bob and Dalva split their time between living in Eugene, Oregon and Recife, Brazil.

Bob Crites purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Bob Crites chose Recife

Location, Location, Location.

Avenida Boa Viagem is the most prestigious address in Recife. This is because the avenue runs the length of Boa Viagem Beach, which is the most beautiful beach in Recife; and the city government maintains the sidewalks and bike/jogging paths in excellent condition. The beach itself is kept very clean.

The apartment attracted us because of the size of its living space and the fact that the apartment throughout is well lit and well ventilated by the cooling ocean breezes. It is located on the 10th floor with a good view of the ocean.

An important feature to us was the close proximity to restaurants, bars, pharmacies, bakeries, supermarkets and other businesses and services, including a hospital.

What makes this apartment unique

I sold my Brazilian automobile because everything is so close. From the apartment, I can either walk to my destination, or take a short taxi ride to whereever I want to go.

On this listing, be sure to look at the list of destinations very close to our apartment, with the walking times and distances noted. You will readily understand why this is a perfect place to be.


Recife Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 10
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • BATHROOM 1 - Master Suite. BATHROOM 2 - Located in the hallway. BATHEROOM 3 - Small bathroom with shower in the service area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • BEDROOM 1 - Master Suite. One queen bed; Ensuite bathroom; 40" HD television with an Amazon fire TV stick, which provides many channels, including Netflix, YouTube, and Dish Network with many live American TV channels; Split-type air conditioner; Closets & Drawers; and Beautiful ocean view. BEDROOM 2 - One queen bed, 32" HD television, Split-type air conditioner, Closets & Drawers, Beautiful ocean view. BEDROOM 3 - Two single beds, 19" HD television, Split-type air conditioner, Closets & Drawers, Ocean view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is an outdoor patio on the ground floor, offering a very nicely ventilated space - both covered and uncovered - with tables and cushioned arm chairs, which provide for a relaxing view of the ocean. Also on the ground floor, there is a small play area for toddlers, with playground equipment. All the windows throughout the apartment have protective netting for the safety of children.


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The Best of Boa Viagem Beach/Protective Coral Reefs/Close to Everything
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Comfortable apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We rented Bob and Dalva's place for a week while visiting our son who had spend the year on a Rotary Youth Exchange. We looked high and low for options that were spacious enough for five people, convenient to town, and a short walk to the beach.

This was a goldmine, all around.

From the initial communications with the owners to the communications with the property manager to the suggestions about where to go for dinner--everything was impeccable.

Comfortable beds, well-appointed kitchen, laundry space (which we needed after a week of adventuring in the Amazon), awesome showers, and a well-designed seating area to allow you to look out the window at the great view.

We would definitely stay here again--no question. Nice hosts, great apartment, good value.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: APARTAMENTO CONFORTÁVEL NUMA LINDA LOCALIZAÇÃO Nós alugamos o apartamento de Bob e Dalva quando estávamos visitando nosso filho que passou um ano num Intercâmbio do Rotary. Nos fizemos muitas pesquisas procurando um espaço que fosse suficiente para cinco pessoas, conveniente para o centro da cidade, e pequena distância caminhando para a praia. Esta foi uma "mina de ouro", em todos os sentidos. Desde a comunição inicial com os proprietários até a comunicação com a administradora do apartamento, e sugestões de onde ir para jantar (restaurantes, etc...), tudo foi impecável. Camas confortáveis, cozinha bem equipada, lavanderia (que precisavámos depois de uma semana de aventura no Amazonas), chuveiros incríveis, e um bem desenhado espaço na sala de visita onde podemos apreciar a linda vista através das janelas. Nós, definitivamente, ficaríamos aqui novamente - sem dúvida. Simpáticos anfitriões, fantástico apartamento e um bom preço,
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Beautiful unit; great view; perfect location

  • 5 of 5

They were wonderful hosts. Everything was exactly as described. Many loving touches. No better place to enjoy the wonderful city of Recife.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: LINDA UNIDADE; VISTA FORMIDÁVEL; LOCAÇÃO PERFEITA Os proprietários foram formidáveis. Tudo foi exatamente como descrito. Muitos toques carinhosos. No há melhor lugar para curtir a linda cidade de Recife.
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  • 5 of 5

Alquile el departamento con mi familia (con 3 niños) y realmente estuvimos muy comodos, lo que necesitaramos el departamento lo tenia, muy bien equipado, con muy buen gusto y limpieza. La vista es fabulosa (a pesar de no ser 100% frontal). Mucha amabilidad de parte de los porteros y la administradora Emilia. Realmente nada para sugerir ni criticar.

Muy bueno todo! Muchas gracias Bob

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: English Translation: Super Recommendable!!! I rented the apartment with my family (with 3 children) and we were really comfortable; everything we needed the apartment had. Well equipped, with good taste and clean. The view is fabulous (despite not being 100% frontal). The janitors and the apartment manager, Emília, were very friendly. Really, I can’t think of anything to suggest for improvement nor to criticize. Everything was good! Thank you very much, Bob
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Praia linda e vista sensacional!

  • 5 of 5

Só posso falar coisas boas deste apartamento. Nota dez! Ele esta muito bem localizado, otima vista, ótimas acomodações, muito aconchegante e moderno. Não temos nada a reclamar. Portaria com pessoal educado e simpático, só temos a agradecer.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: BEAUTIFUL BEACH AND SENSATIONAL VIEW I can say only good things about this apartment. I give it a "10". It is very well located, wonderful view, wonderful accomodations, very cozy, and modern. We have nothing to complain about. Concierges cordial and friendly. We are grateful for everything.
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Amazing beach getaway with stunning ocean views!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience in Recife and location of the apartment could not be better! It is right on Boa Viagem beach overlooking the ocean. The apartment is very specious, clean, with updated modern features, in close proximity to grocery stores, pharmacies and great local restaurants. The living space is wonderful for a family to relax while enjoying beautiful views. The kitchen is fully equipped and spacious. The laundry room is very practical. The rooms are pretty large with comfortable beds and have full size closets in each room. All three bathrooms have showers and are nicely decorated. The owners, Bob and Dalva, take great care of the place and maintain a folder with local attractions, reliable drivers' information and insights to the area. It was very helpful to have this guidance when we first arrived. The management team of the apartment complex is also very friendly, helpful and responsive. The location is great because you can enjoy the beach and be in close proximity to everything a big city has to offer. We enjoyed walking on the beach for miles in both directions! I highly recommend this perfect place for a memorable and relaxing vacation!!! My family would love to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: SURPREENDENTE FÉRIAS NA PRAIA COM IMPRESSIONANTE VISTA PARA O MAR! Esta foi minha primeira experiência no Recife, e a localização do apartamento não poderia ter sido melhor. Está na Avenida Boa Viagem exatamente em frente ao oceano. O apartamento é muito espaçoso, limpo, moderno, próximo a supermercados, farmácias, e excelentes restaurantes. O apartamento oferece um maravilhoso espaço para uma família relaxar enquanto aprecia a linda vista para o mar. A cozinha está totalmente equipada e ampla. A área de serviço, com máquina de lavar roupa, é muita prática. Os quartos tem bom espaço, camas confortáveis e grandes armários em todos eles. Os três banheiros tem chuveiro e estão bem decorados. Os proprietários, Bob e Dalva, cuidam muito bem do apartamento e fornecem um folder com indicaçøes de atrações locais, informação de taxistas, e pontos turîsticos. Estas informações forem muito úteis e nos ajudarem ao chegar. A síndica e os funcionários do prédio são muito amigáveis, prestativos e atenciosos. A localização é muito boa porque nós podemos aproveitar a praia e estar próximos de tudo que uma grande cidade tem para oferecer. Adoramos caminhar vários kilometros, na praia, nas duas direções! Eu altamente recomendo este lugar perfeito para uma memorável e relaxante férias!!! Minha família adoraria voltar novamente!
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Wonderful Boa Viagem beach apartment - great view and location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful, recently updated apartment, with a great ocean view. Lots of room (3 bedrooms), and nice, clean, modern decor. The entire rental experience was wonderful, including the building staff in the "portaria" (main entrance) and garage employees. The owners are wonderful people, and offered lots of great suggestions in a folder that is available in the apartment. Those suggestions made our 2-week stay truly memorable. If you are looking for an apartment in Recife for a relaxing vacation, don't look any further. We look forward to returning to this beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: MARAVILHOSO APARTAMENTO NA PRAIA DE BOA VIAGEM - LINDA VISTA E LOCALIZAÇÃO! Este é um maravilhoso apartamento, recentemente reformado, com uma vista fantástica para o oceano. Muito espaço (3 quartos), muito limpo, decoração moderna. A experiência total de alugar foi maravilhosa, incluindo os funcionários do prédio, na portaria e na garagem. Os proprietários são pessoas maravilhosos, e oferecerem muito boas sugestões num folder que está disponível no apartamento. Estas sugestões fizeram a nossa estada de duas semanas verdadeiramente memorável. Se você estiver procurando um apartamento no Recife para uma relaxante férias, não procure mais. Nós estamos anciosos para voltar a este lindo lugar!
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Nearest Airport
4.1 Miles
Recife International Airport (REC)
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Giro Praia Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
6.8 Miles
Caxangá Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Mercato Empório
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Boa Viagem Beach
Car: not necessary


Walking Times & Distances from our Apartment:


-Real Hospital Português de Boa Viagem: 2 min. / 200 m

-Drogasil (Pharmacy): 3 min. / 230 m.

-Clínica Odontológica Miscove (Dr. Olga Laranjeira, our personal dentist): 13 min. / 1 km. Ph: (81) 3327-4716


Mercato Empório (Convenience Store, Deli & ATM). 3 min. / 230 m

-Padaria Boa Viagem (Bakery): 5 min. / 400 m

-minuto Pão de Açucar: 8 min. / 600m.

-Extra Supermercado: 12 min. / 1 km

-Carrefour (Supermarket): 13 min. / 1 km.

-Bom Preço (WalMart Supermarket): 17 min. / 1.3 km


-Mercato Empório: 2 min. / 200 min.

-Giro Praia Bar & Restaurante (Deliveries. Buffet style or Menu. All types of food, including pizza.) 4 min. / 300m.

-Pizza Hut: 4 min. / 300m.

-Villarena Country Pub (Night Club): 5 min. / 350 m

-Sorveteria Zero Grau (Ice Cream Store):5 min./400 m

-Ilha da Kosta Restaurante & Pizzaria: 6 min. / 450 m

-Prima Deli Restaurante & Pizzaria: 6 min. / 450 m.

-Dom Black Gourmet (Burgers/Sandwiches):6 min./450m

-Subway Restaurant: 6 min. / 500 m.

-Diplomata Delicatessen & Bakery: 6 min. / 500 m.

-Cia do Chopp (draft beer): 6 min. / 500 m.

-Restaurante Xangai (Chinese): 6 minutes / 500 meters

-Ilha dos Navegantes Bar & Restaurante (Seafood): 7 min. / 550 m.

-Macunaíma: 7 min. / 550 m.

-Barbarico Bongiovanni (Italian): 7 min. / 550 m.

-Dominoes Pizza: 8 min. / 650 m.

-Arcádia Gourmet: 8 min. / 650 m.

-Casa Carmem, Padaria Gourmet: 8 min. / 650 m,

-Ile de Crepe (Crêperie): 10 min. / 750 m.

-Temakeria Makis Place (Japanese): 10 min./ 800 m.

-Bercy Village (Crepes & Salads): 11 min. / 850 m

-Escalante’s Tex Mex Food: 11 min. / 850 m.

-Bar do Brilhozinho: 12 min. / 900 m.

-McDonald's Restaurant: 12 min. / 950 m.

-Coffee Shop São Braz: 12 min. / 950 m.

-UK Pub: 13 min. / 1 km.

-Spettus Steak House (8 times voted best steak house in

Recife. (Rodízio Style, also seafood & Japanese):

14 min. / 1.1 km.

-Temix Temakeria (Japanese): 13 min, / 1.1 km.

-Underground Sports Bar (Young Crowd): 22 min. / 1.8 km.


-Citibank: 4 min. / 350 m.

-Bradesco: 6 min. / 500 m.

-Caixa Económica: 7 min. / 550 m.

-Banco Itaú: 11 min. / 850 m.

-Banco Santander: 12 min. / 900 m.


-Shell Gas Station: 3 min. / 230 m

-Post Office: 6 min. / 500 m.

-Lavanderia Vivaz (Laundry, Pick up and Delivery): 7 min. / 550 m.


-Shopping RioMar (350+ stores, 70+ restaurants & luncheonettes, 12 cinemas & more): 2.6 mi..

-Shopping Recife (450+ stores, 72 restaurants & luncheonettes, 14 cinemas and more): 2.9 mi.

-Recife International Airport (REC): 4.1 mi.

-Downtown Pier (Bar & Bistro): 4.4 mi.

-Mercado de São José (A bustling market; vendors sell locally-made hammocks, baskets, ceramics and lace.): 4.5 mi.

-Downtown Pub (A traditional pub, very famous nightspot among young people.) 4.5 mi.

-Marco Zero, (At the heart of Recife Antigo, it is best place to start a tour of Recife): 4.6 mi.

-Club Metrópole (A large & popular LGBT nightclub): 4.7 mi.

-U.S. Consulate General: 4.7 mi.

-Forte das Cinco Pontas/City Museum (An original Dutch fort built in 1630): 4.7 mi.

-Paço do Frevo Museum (A traditional music style that was declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.): 4.7 mi.

-Cais do Sertão Museum (Pier of the Hinterlands); 4.9 mi.

-Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue (Built on the foundations of the 1st synagogue in the Americas): 4.9 mi.

-Arsenal de Chopp (A popular restaurant & drinking spot [draft beer] in Recife Antigo): 4.9 mi..

-Embassy of Pernambuco - Giant Puppets of Olinda (They have become famous folklore in the Carnival of Olinda and Recife.): 4.9 mi..

-Casa da Cultura (A converted prison now houses 150 artisans stalls of local arts & crafts): 5 mi.

-Capela Dourada (The alter is a 2-story arch of jacarandá and cedar, all gilt with gold.): 5.2 mi.

-Museu do Estado de Pernambuco (Over 12 thousand works of art): 5.8 mi.

-Sala de Reboco (The hot spot in Recife for listening and dancing to live forró music.): 6.2 mi.

-Museu do Homen do Nordeste (Museum of the Northeast Man): 8.1 mi.

-Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recife’s twin city: 8.7 mi.

-Instituto Ricardo Brennand (A museum, an art gallery, a library, and a large park): 10 mi.

-Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand (This is both a ceramic factory & museum, displaying the works of one of the greatest figures of Brazilian contemporary art.): 11.2 mi

-Igarassú (A beautiful little village, has oldest church in Brazil - Igreja de São Cosme e Damião [1535]. The Convent of Santo Antônio [1588] has a large 17th & 18th century art collection): 25.5 mi.

-Porto de Galinhas (The most famous and beautiful beach in Brazil): 34.1 mi.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy:
-60 days or more: Full refund of advance deposit, minus a $25.00 fee.
-30 to 59 days: 80% refund of advance deposit, minus a $25.00 fee.
-29 days or less: No refund, unless the apartment is re-rented. Re-rental income is credited towards the refund, minus a $25.00 fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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