10 Things to Do in Santos That You Shouldn't Miss

December 22, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Although it's also the location of the Latin America's largest seaport, Santos isn't just a boring port town. The city of 420,000, just 75 kilometers from São Paulo, features a seven-kilometer stretch of beach divided into just as many social cliques as you'd find on Ipanema. A verdant promenade separates the beach from the seafront condos and hotels, along which families and friends walk, amble, bike, skate, rollerblade, throw frisbees, you name it. Less sandy points of interest include the Museu do Café Brasileiro (Brazilian Coffee Museum), the Aquário Municipal (City Aquarium), the Orquidário Municipal (City Orchid Garden) and the Neo-Gothic Santos Cathedral.
Restaurants in Santos

1. Jardins da Orla da Praia

Santos, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Jardins da Orla da Praia

Reviewed By Billy_louco - Sao Bernardo Do Campo, SP

This is the only really mandatory turistic place in santos city.
To go to a beach city and don't go to the beach is just insane, it's not the best beach in the region but for sure the best beach walk you can have around, a must see if you are around

2. St. Anthony Embare Basilica

Avenida Bartolomeu de Gusmao 32 | Bairro do Embare, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11045-400, Brazil (13) 3227-5977
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 676 reviews

St. Anthony Embare Basilica

Reviewed By jcwbesq - Minneapolis, Minnesota

While not unexpected in a country with many Catholics, this beachfront basilica is indeed worth a stop. The outside is a bit dark, with moss and humid weather conditioning, but the inside is somewhat impressive (not on an Italian scale though). There are six murals painted on the sides of the base of the arched ceiling (12 in total). Each has a beautiful Christian depiction (don't ask me what). The length of the chapel is impressive as well, at least half a block. When I visited (on a Friday) it appeared preparations were being made for a wedding (not many seemingly going to mass on a Friday or Saturday). Nonetheless a few (3) were praying in the front pews. I spent only 15-20 minutes, but it might be worth a few more. Enjoy if in Santos on the beach.

3. Calcadao da Orla de Santos

Ponta da Praia, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11065-200, Brazil
Excellent
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4.5 based on 585 reviews

Calcadao da Orla de Santos

Reviewed By MF018 - The Woodlands, Texas

I've traveled many countries and Santos has the "Most Beautiful Beach Avenue" in the World.
5 Miles of Gardens along the avenue is something unforgetable, Ideal for a walk in the aftenoon apreciating the amazing Sunset.
Also it is a nice place to walk your pet (remeber to bring a plastic bag). Also you can bring your chair and seat under one of the trees and apreciate the view.

4. Coffee Museum

Rua Quinze de Novembro 95, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11010-151, Brazil +55 13 3213-1750
Excellent
56%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Coffee Museum

Inaugurated in 1998, the Coffee Museum is one of the main touristic attractions of the City of Santos and has as main purpose to preserve and make known the history of coffee in Brazil and in the world. By means of objects, documents and audiovisual media, the Institution shows the public how the evolution of coffee culture and the political, economic and cultural development of the country are closely connected since the second half of the XVIII century and up to our days.

Reviewed By RHAHJ - Nijmegen, The Netherlands

This is the first coffee museum I visited. It is comparable to the chocolate museums I saw in Europe (York, Cologne, Brussels, Bruges). Compared to those places, the museum is better located, because it is in the old coffee exchange, and of course it is in Brazil. It shows the production stages, a timeline of coffee production, coffee machines, etc. But the building itself is the highlight. Entry was free when I visited. So I could not ask for a coffee to be included. The museum ice coffee is very good. Explanations are in Portuguese, but there are cards with english and spanish information in the rooms.

5. Linha Turistica de Bonde

Largo Marques de Monte Alegre | Estação do Valongo, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11010-260, Brazil +55 13 3201 8000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Linha Turistica de Bonde

Reviewed By budgetqueen - New York

I found this historic streetcar experience excellent. Very "real". I find it interesting the "complaints" and lower ratings because of noise, and English. This mode of transportation WAS noisy, and it's kept original, and you aren't in the US. How much Portuguese is offered at US attractions?
Simple to go on your own, and I'd suggest heading there first. Pele Museum is across the street. This gives a wonderful view of the downtown area allowing you an orientation for later walking. There are guide sheets in English with descriptions. I'd suggest Reading through this before the street car leaves. the guide will yell out the numbers.
I think this is a real treasure this city has to be proud of. A great value at around $2.

6. Shrine of St. Anthony of Valongo

Largo Marques de Monte Alegre s/n, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11010-260, Brazil (13) 3219-1481
Excellent
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Shrine of St. Anthony of Valongo

Reviewed By Niels-Fernanda - Santos, SP

Beautiful example of 17th century Baroque. Amazing sculptures and stained glass.On both sides of the main altar Portuguese tile murals.Take the time to step in, as its worth it! The church lies next to the old train station and the new Pele museum.

7. Parque Estadual Marinho da Laje de Santos

Santos, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil +55 (13) 3261-3445
Excellent
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Parque Estadual Marinho da Laje de Santos

Reviewed By Alexandretaz - Sao Paulo, SP

Laje de Santos, is a real world class dive destination, on the summer the place is full of underwater life, on the winter we have the big animals, like whales and Manta Rays! As the first Brazilian Conservation Park on the Ocean, it recovered a lot of his life, sice the 90's.
If you are on Brazil for any reason and you are a scuba diver, shame on you if you don't do a trip to there

8. SESC - Santos Theater

Rua Conselheiro Ribas 136, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11040-050, Brazil 13- 3278 9800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 203 reviews

SESC - Santos Theater

Reviewed By jose antonio b - bauru

Por indicação de um amigo fomos almoçar no restaurante do sesc em Santos. A comida é razoável, um tanto quanto industrial, e de média qualidade. O que não agrada é o preço. Se vc for sócio vc paga um valor bem em conta, porém se for visitante irá pagar um valor alto que com certeza não valerá a pena. Além disso tbém pagará estacionamento e etc. Até entendo porque o objetivo não é atender os visitantes, mas acho que o valor cobrado para estes é muito alto. Um dia eles darão valor aos visitantes bem como aos sócios não comerciários que foram excluidos do clube devido a uma ingerência provavelmente política (claro que seus mandatários não irão concordar comigo...claaaaro !). Com este valor cobrado aos visitantes tranquilamente vc comerá em qualquer restaurante do shoping que fica ao lado, e com uma qualidade beeeem melhor. Esta é a minha dica !

9. Memorial of Achievements

Rua Princesa Isabel 77 | Vila Belmiro, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11075-501, Brazil (13) 3225-7989
Excellent
63%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 534 reviews

Memorial of Achievements

Reviewed By Monien89 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

This museum was amazingly entertaining. You were able to walk through the history timeline of Brazil's conquers and defeats in the football world. There was a section for the FIFA World cup, each level depicting the different years. The Museum showcase a huge collection of Brazilian football memorabilia. There was also an additional section to the museum where there were interactive games and fun activities in relation to the football world, like quiz's and trivias etc. A must visit museum!

10. Martins Fontes Library

Avenida Ana Costa 530, Santos, State of Sao Paulo 11060-909, Brazil 1332895588
Excellent
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4.5 based on 426 reviews

Martins Fontes Library

Reviewed By rtm1005 - Santos, SP

This is by far the best bookstore in Santos! The staff are avid readers, they can really help ypu find whatever you're looking for! I've lived in Santos my whole life and this is where I keep going when I want to choose a great book! Now that I have kids it's also where I take them when they want to explore new ideas of things to read!!!

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