Ponta de Pedras
Ponta de Pedras is a district in the municipality of Goiana, Pernambuco. It is located at a latitude 07° 33 ' 38 "South and a longitude 35° 00 ' 09" West, being at sea level, because it is also a beach. Its estimated population in 2010 was of 8,008 inhabitants. Ponta de Pedras, located in the West of the municipality, the 48 km from the Centre and 70 of the State capital, Recife.
Originally occupied by Indians caeté and potiguaras district of Ponta de Pedras originated from one of the oldest nucleus of colonization of the region. The district belonged at the time of the hereditary Captaincies the captaincy of Itamaracá.
The Pernambuco coastline is 187 km long. There are about 187 kilometers (116 mi) of beaches, including some of the most beautiful in the region, such as Porto de Galinhas, Carneiros and Calhetas.
- Fernando de Noronha, an isolated group of 21 volcanic islands approximately 540 km from Recife. The main islands are the visible parts of a range of submerged mountains, islets and rocks. The Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha hosts ecological sites ideal for exuberant marine animal life, due to its geographic location far from the continent and well within the path of the Southern Equatorial Currents, as well as the nature of its climate.
- Porto de Galinhas. It features warm clear water pools scattered around its coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, coconut trees and a number of other samples of abundant nature richness make Porto de Galinhas a place not to be missed or forgotten.
- Boa Viagem. Located in the privileged southern Recife metropolitan area, Boa Viagem is the most important and frequented beach in town. It is protected by a long reef wall and has an extensive coastline.
- Itamaracá island. Separated from the mainland by the Canal Santa Cruz, it has several highly frequented beaches. Among them are Forte Orange, Praia do Sossego and Pontal da Ilha. The island houses the Marine Manatee Preservation Center.
- Maracaípe, a beach with big waves which hosts a phase of the Brazilian Surf Tournament. Highly frequented by surfers and neighbor to Porto de Galinhas, Maracaípe.
- Tamandaré. Small waves and fine sand can be found there.
- Calhetas, a small bay of difficult access. Searched for by many for diving.
- Coroa do Avião, a small island in the middle of the Jaguaribe River delta, which can be reached only by boat or raft, from Recife or Itamaracá.