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Oh yes. We’re off to Itajaí in Brazil. The Volvo Ocean Race has a long history of visiting the country, and it will be the third time that the city of Itajaí has hosted a stopover. The first was in 2011-12, when over a quarter of a million people visited the race village. Considering that the city only has a population of two hundred thousand, that was a good reason to come back.
I know where Brazil is...
I suppose that’s a start. Itajaí is in the south of Brazil, on the north coast of Santa Catarina State. It’s positioned about half-way between Sao Paulo and the border with Uruguay, and fifty miles north of the state capital of Florianopolis.
Anything else to do?
If you’ve never experienced Brazil’s beach culture then this is your chance – it’s a heady mix. Sun, sand, heat, salt water, caipirinhas and the unmistakeable aroma of baking bodies in warm oil. Throw in the fact that the world professional surfing title is often settled on Santa Catarina’s waves, and you have one of the coolest spots on the planet for beach life. Check out Praia de Cabeçudas and Praia Brava, the latter being the better surf spot. If it’s nightlife you’re after (and who isn’t?) then check out the Warung Beach Club – several times voted as one of the world's best places to dance.
So I should pack a bikini?
Only if you’re a woman. The daily average for April is 27C, with a balmy night-time low of 19C. It can rain one day in three, but really – who cares when it’s that warm?