Praia do Jacare

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WorldSouth AtlanticSouth AmericaBrazilCabedeloPraia do Jacare
Port of Entry
07°02.148'S, 034°51.389'W Chart icon.png
Jacare Yacht Village Marina -
Radio VHF channel 68
Phone (55)83 3248 3638
Mobile (55) 83 8855 4439
E-mail [email protected]
Berths 40
Max. length ?
Max. draft ?
Fuel Yes
Water On berth? Yes
Electricity 220v 60Hz
Toilets Yes
Showers Yes
Laundry Yes, full laundry service
Internet WiFi
Hours ?
Address Villa Dos Pescadores, Praia Do Jacare, 58310.000 Cabedelo, Pb,,Brasil
More notes about the marina

Phillipe Fessard, an experienced French sailor, has opened a new yachting centre at Praia do Jacaré, on the Rio Paraiba behind the port of Cabedelo, close to Joao Pessoa, (World Port Index No. 12710, 6°58’S, 34°50’W) (Ed: Actually, this is wrong!). The buoyed channel to Cabedelo is well marked for either day or night entry, with a least depth of more than 8 meters. It is located on the trade wind trans-ocean, trans-equatorial route from Europe and Africa. Since the 1970’s Praia do Jacaré (Crocodile Beach – but there are now no crocodiles) has been a stopover for yachts heading either north or south along the Brazilian coast. It is a safe and secure anchorage up a tidal river with good holding. It is located at the easternmost point of Brazil and has the unique situation of being at the point where the Trade Winds and ocean currents divide. It is possible to sail either north to the Caribbean from here, or south to Salvador.

The location of Jacaré is unique along the Brazilian coast, as one can sail south to Salvador and easily sail north again with the trade winds still easterly as long as you don’t sail cloth to the coast, (where any way a lot of local fishing boats and nets make the night watch difficult) and reasonable weak current along this part of the coast all along the year. No hurricane season, no tidal wave! It is a small center in a beautiful and tranquil setting that eases a yacht crew into the Brazilian way of life after a long ocean passage.

With the opening of Jacare Yacht Village, small marinas with pontoon berths for 40 yachts, Praia do Jacaré yachting facilities will be greatly improved. The pontoon berths have fresh water and electricity. The Captain Phillipe Bar is already open, as well as the restaurant, the laundry and WiFi Internet access, diesel fueling dock, pool and gymnasium exercise area. Haul-out facilities with a dry storage area is in future project: This will be an important service for yachts sailing this coast, as at present there are no secure long-term dry storage facilities between Trinidad and Rio de Janeiro. Repairs can be done at Brazilian prices and a yacht can be left ashore for extended interior travel or during a visit to the crew’s home country (2 years extended visa for the boat available regarding new Brazilian law). A sail maker, official “North Sail” agent, is also available on the place. The airport at Joao Pessoa, the provincial capital, is only 10 kilometres away, with national and international airline connections. Car rental is available. VHF channel 68 radio watch will be maintained.

Prices for the marina and dry storage will be at reasonable Brazilian rates. The daily rate for a 42-foot yacht at a pontoon berth is US$6.00, with a discount of 30% for a monthly rate.

Praia do Jacaré is a local tourist destination, known for its dramatic sunsets over the mangrove nature preserve across the river and it’s many attractive waterfront bars and restaurants, many featuring live music. With the addition of Jacare Yacht Village it will become an internationally known yachting destination, also because this is the shortest Atlantic crossing way from Cabo Verde to Americas… For more information - Philippe Fessard, Tel: 00/

The use of the swimming pool, showers and toilets, and access to electricity and water are strictly reserved for the marina users.


Contact details - (before entry), and harbourmaster/manager's name, etc.


Waypoint List:


CBD 01.....06°56,250’S.....34°48,600’W
CBD 02.....06°56,280’S.....34°48,930’W
CBD 03.....06°56,420’S.....34°49,300’W
CBD 04.....06°56,540’S.....34°49,570’W
CBD 05.....06°57,250’S.....34°50,520’W
CBD 06.....06°57,920’S.....34°50'690’W
CBD 07.....06°58,800’S.....34°50,220’W
JCR 01.....06°59,070’S.....34°50,230’W
JCR 02.....06°59,480’S.....34°50,470’W
JCR 03.....07°00,280’S.....34°50,920’W
JCR 04.....07°01,460’S.....34°51,450W
JCR 05.....07°02,160’S.....34°51,400’W
Main Dock..07°02,117'S.....34°51,357'W


Is berthing assistance available, etc.


BBQ, swimming pool, gym, bowls, bar.


Diesel oil and dry-out facility at low tide for hull cleaning with high pressure and antifouling paints can be made available : refer to the reception desk.

Nautical equiment and repairs: Maciel Pinheiro Street, close to Joao Pessoa’s train station, is the main area for everything technical, mechanical, automotive, plumbing, building materials, tools, electrical etc. On the right-hand side of the slight slope leading to Maciel Pinheiro, there are 2 lathe shops and a bit further on a shop specialized in metals; sheeting, profiles, steel, bronze, stainless and Teflon. Along the highway coming out of Jacare and leading to Joao Pessoa there also 2 specialized shops for mechanical and rubber or neoprene parts; “Borrachao” and “Projecta”. They are virtually next to each other.

For specific nautical materials, the local shops are more in–line with smaller motor-craft requirements than with high-sea sailing. Pending the opening of a nautical shop at Jacare Yacht Village, most requirements can be ordered at the Marina through catalogues.

Sails: A Joao Pessoa sailmaker, North Sails agent, performs all required sail work.

Stainless Steel Jobs: Can be reasonably done locally.

Nautical electrics/electronics : As long as no specific spare parts are needed, qualified personnel can solve most of the problems.

Computers: Both hardware and software problems can quite well be handled as this market is highly developed in Brazil.

Small warning: For everything concerning repairs in South America, don’t expect the same speed and efficiency compared to the NW and NE parts of the Atlantic. Since over here “time” has a different notion, some degree of patience and leniency might be exerted.


Anchoring in Jacare is pretty safe, but make sure to use sufficient chain (min. 20 m) as the tidal current could foul your anchor. Apart from that, don’t leave your boat open when not attended and pull in your dinghy, and especially the outboard, at night. FYI this is a MUST e.g. in the Caribbean where some boaters steal more than the locals.

As all over the world in places with large social differences, avoid showing-off with jewelry, expensive watches, etc. while walking the streets and don’t go near to badly lit places or shanty towns at night and during daytime.

Unless you have to fulfil some official business (authorities, travel checks banking a.o.) where passports have to be produced, leave all official documents in a safe place on your boat. Brazilian police don’t require foreigners to carry original I.D. papers, so take a Xerox copy with you.

Avoid taking wallets in your back pocket, just stuff some money and 1 or 2 Credit Cards in a tight jeans pocket. NE Brazil is generally speaking pretty safe, although petty crimes such as pickpocking, stealing cellphones, etc. are pretty common.


Post office: There’s a post office located in the shopping section of the Texaco gas station, situated on the E-side of the highway coming out of Jacare. Opening hours from 8-12 am and 1-5 pm Mondays-Fridays.

Money: There are plenty of ATM machines around, but the closest place where most credit cards can be used is situated in the jumbo Hiper Bompreco supermarket on the highway to Joao Pessoa.

Most banks and supermarkets in the touristic district of Tambau also provide the cash machines and some are located in special stalls away from the banks. For cash money operations, it’s better to use the exchange offices rather than the banks, this way avoiding standing in line for quite some time. For easy access, there’s one in the shopping mall in “Manaira Shopping” and at the Mondeo travel agency, Avenida Nego in Tambau, 50 m away from the beach.

Cashing travel checks is better performed at the main Banco do Brazil location downtown Joao Pessoa. Remember to have your passport along.

Food stores: Along the village street there are various stores selling the basic necessities, which avoids having to go to the large supermarkets all the time.

Mineral water: Water distribution, although tasting of chlorine, is of perfectly drinkable quality. Mineral water is being sold all over the place in various bottles up to 20 L.

Ice cubes: In bags of 2 kg are being sold in service stations, supermarkets and at Jacare Yacht Village bar.


Air Travel: Joao Pessoa is extending its airport for international operations, which for the time being are still limited.

Most regular international flights leave from Recife (120 km, reacheable by air, bus, taxi with round trip fare) or from Natal (180 km) for charter flights. This info, due to the boom in tourism, might however become very rapidly obsolete. Jacare Yacht Village reception desk will at any time have the updated information.

Trains: From Jacare village out, a small train leaves about every 20min Joao Pessoa or Cabedelo bound. However, on Saturdays only till noontime and NOT on Sundays.

Bus service: From Jacare village out, a small train leaves about every 20 Joao Pessoa or Cabedelo bound. However, on Saturdays only till noontime and NOT on Sundays.

Busses run between Cabedelo, Joao Pessoa and Jacare on the main 4-lane highway at 10min walk from Jacare village.

Taxis: Plentiful all-over the place but beware of the freelancers. The official ones have day and night tariffs meters. One can also negociate a fixed price for a given ride or fares for excursions.

Car rentals: Jacare Yacht Village’s reception desk provides info and if necessary arrange bookings for car or buggy rentals with or without driver. There are numerous car rental agencies in Joao Pessoa’s Tambau district. FYI a Fiat Uno with unlimited mileage is about R$ 60/day or R$ 50 plus R$ 0.25 / km.

Supplies: When crossing the highway heading E towards the beach at Intermares, there are 2 stores within walking distance; the smallest one of the 2, called Montel is just behind the Texaco gas-station. The second one, Litoral is halfway between the highway and the beach. On top of that, the shop in the Texaco service station is well catered for and is open all-night.

The two big super-markets, Carrefour and Bompreco, are some 4km distant from the Jacare exit along the highway to Joao Pessoa with bus-stops in front and easy access to taxis for the return voyage.


A vessel with a beam of 4m and 12m length pays the equivalent of about 8 Euro/day for a one month stay. Electricity is metered via the individual pontoon outlets and billed separately. (May 2011)

Are included in Jacare Yacht Village marina tariffs: mooring and fresh water on the pontoons and 24 Hr Free onboard Internet access through WiFi.

If one prefers to remain anchored off, for the equivalent of 20 Euro/week, access to the showers, toilets, swimming pool is granted along with tying up one’s dinghy night and day at the welcome pontoon. This option also leaves access to the laundry premises, bar, restaurant, library, the shops and the on-shore internet.


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