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History of Pousada da Barra, Caraíva

The owner of the pousada,Fernando Mascarenhas was born in Salvador and was raised between the capital and the sisal farm of his family in Jequie (Bahia). When he was 9 years old, his family moved to Rio de Janeiro where he spent his teen years.

The frequent trips to visit relatives in Bahia allowed him to be familiar with the several beaches on the coast of Bahia, through the newly opened BR 101. It was with the coast of Porto Seguro that he fell in love. At that time, the early '70s, there were no roads between the districts of Trancoso and Caraiva and the route was often travelled on foot along the beach, or when the group of friends was large enough you could rent a fishing boat from Porto Seguro and get to Caraiva in 5 hours, if sea conditions permitted.

Caraiva was leaving the worst moment in its history, there was no tourism, fishing was the only activity and sale of fish was extremely difficult because the fish had to be salted and taken to Porto Seguro in the back of donkeys to reach the neighboring municipalities of Guaratinga and Itamaraju. Many people had a had time and abandoning their land was very common.

It was in this scenery that Joao Eugenio, Chupeta, and Mascarenhas arrived. They bought what their economies allowed and were called crazy by their relatives and even by the residents of Porto Seguro, to whom that place was a terrible investment. However they saw what was still obscure to others - the exuberant nature, the possibility to practice sports like spearfishing, sailing and trekking in the woods, to have close contact with nature and its inhabitants - and led them to stay and build on this coast, a decision that today, almost 30 years later, proved to be correct.

The investment maybe will not be rewarded, but the level of pleasure has been so great all these years that we hope to share it with all who visit us.

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