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Introduction

Santos is a city in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Santos is the core city of Baixada Santista, a coastal metropolitan area with 1.6 million people, and contains the most important port in South America. Santos is a city known for its historical center, the Santos FC football team (team of the legendary Pelé), and its beaches (reputedly, not the cleanest).

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Sights and Activities

  • MBC - Phone: +55 13 3213-1750, Hours: 9:00-17:00
  • Estação de Trem do Valongo - The first station in Brazil to have a train, is also the only one that was build for the snow, projected in England and inspired by the Victoria Station. Build by iniciative of the Baron of Mauá, it made the connection between São Paulo-Santos since 1867. It's also considered one of the biggest engineering projects in the entire wolrd beacuse of the steep inclination of the coastline. Address: Largo Marquês de Monte Alegre s/n, Santos, Estado de São Paulo 11010-260, Brasil, Phone: (13) 3201-8000
  • Casa do Trem Bélico - Considered to be the oldest building in Santos, it was the place where all the ammunition, weapons and armor of the forts that protected the brazilian southeast coast was stored. Classified as a National Monument since 1937, it was build between 1640 and 1656, next to the Outeiro de Santa Catarina and the Forte da Vila, in the first center of european settlement in the new world. Address: Rua Tiro Onze, nº 11, Santos, Estado de São Paulo 11013-040, Brasil, Phone: (13) 3226-8000
  • Escultura Tomie Ohtake - Work of the artist Tomie Ohtake, it comemorates the 100 years of the japanese immigration to brazilian lands. Located close to the sea and the dividing line between Santos and São Vicente, it's a beautifull spot for a stroll in the beach. Address: Parque Roberto Santini, Santos, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil
  • Museu Bolsa do Café - A beautiful museum made from the original building, that holds the trajectory of the coffee grains in the brazilian history. t's one of the principal attractions on Santos, and it's part of the Historical Centre of the city. Address: Rua XV de Novembro, 95, Santos, Estado de São Paulo 11010-151, Brasil, Phone: +55 13 3213-1750, Hours: 9:00-17:00
  • Museu de Arte Sacra - Composed of the church od Nossa Senhora do Desterro, and the old monastery of São Bento, gathers a collection of more than 600 sacred and religious pieces, erudite and popular from the 16th to the 20th century, among sculptures, paintings, liturgical objects and clothing. It is also part of the collection the oldest image in Brazil with a known author: Nossa Senhora da Conceição, dated 1560, by João Gonçalo Fernandes. Address: Rua Santa Joana D’arc, 795 Morro de São Bento | Centro, Santos, Estado de São Paulo 11082-460, Brasil, Phone: 551332191111
  • Forte Santo Amaro da Barra Grande - Although the construction is located on Guarujá, the easiest way to reach it is by taking a boat on the Deck do Pescador ( in front of the Museu da Pesca). This fort is one- if not only- construction of this type to survive the test of time, and still be open to visits. It's very well conserved, and was the most important fort in the defense system of the brazilian coast against pirates and invaders. Starting from there there is also two trails you can do, and it's an amazing view in the sunny days. Address: Rua Messias Borges, 380, Guarujá, Estado de São Paulo 11425-260, Brasil, Phone: +55 13 3384 6194

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Weather

Despite the fact that it is located just outside the tropics, Santos has a tropical rainforest climate with no real dry season. Tropical rainforest climates are typically found near the equator, so Santos featuring this type of climate is an exceptional situation. All months of the year averages more than 60 mm of rainfall during the course of the year. Santos features warm weather throughout the year, though June in Santos is somewhat cooler (and drier) than January. The average temperature in the city during the month of June is 23 °C, while the average temperature in January is 28 °C. Precipitation in Santos is appallingly copious, amounting to 2,081 mm annually. Santos lies in one of the few isolated regions of Brazil outside of the tropical Amazon Basin that receive more than 2,000 mm of total average precipitation annually, although nearby Ubatuba, approximately 140 kilometres to the east-northeast, is considerably wetter than Santos, receiving an average of 2,645 mm of precipitation annually.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airport is in Sao Paulo, which has the best connections in Brazil, with flights to many Brazilian, South American and intercontinental destinations.

By Car

From São Paulo, take either rodovia Padre Anchieta ("Anchieta", SP-160) or rodovia dos Imigrantes ("Imigrantes", SP-160). Both roads have a "planalto" (plateau) section and a "serra" (mountain) section that goes down the Serra do Mar to the sea level. Anchieta being older, its mountain section is winding and narrow, while Imigrantes' is wider and mostly straight due to extensive use of tunnels and bridges. Both roads are linked through a high and a low interlink. Trucks and busses are prohibited in the mountain section of Imigrantes, and are forced to take the interlink and use Anchieta. Both roads feature a toll of about R$ 20,00 that you pay only in one direction (when leaving São Paulo). Also note that traffic is frequently deviated from one road to the other for traffic regulation purposes or road works, so you should follow the dynamic signs.

By Bus

Many cities are served by bus.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Buses are a cheap and nice way to get around by day, although by night they become more scarce. The fare is paid either with tickets, which can be bought at most bus stops, or in cash to the driver or conductor, passing through a turnstile. Keep an eye out for pickpockets when the bus is crowded. Many people board the bus while still wet from the sea, so have a good look if your seat is dry before you sit.

By Bike

Bicycles are by far the best way to move around the town, there are many places where you can rent one. It's not allowed to ride on most of the beaches during the day. There are some "ciclovias" (bikelanes), specially a well-signed one in front of the beach. Better safe than sorry: buy a padlock as well.

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Drink

Bars in Santos are usually crowded and lively during the weekends. Many bars offer live MPB music (Popular Brazilian Music). Beer, caipirinha and batidas are found everywhere.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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Accommodation in Santos

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Santos Travel Helpers

  • Heloísa

    I have lived in Santos for a year now, studying archeology. While i'm not a local yet, i know the city well, and i'm always glad to talk about it's history.

    Ask Heloísa a question about Santos

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