What to do and see in Sao Goncalo, Brazil: The Best Places and Tips

November 20, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Discover the best top things to do in Sao Goncalo, Brazil including Brava or Joatinga Beach, Teatro - Sesc Sao Goncalo, Cinepolis Sao Goncalo Shopping, Praia do Cepilho, Sao Goncalo Shopping, Parque da Cidade, Centro de Memoria da Imigracao da Ilha das Flores, Pedra Que Engole, Alto do Gaia, Joao Caetano Municipal Theater.
Restaurants in Sao Goncalo

1. Brava or Joatinga Beach

Entre as pontas de Trindade e Joatinga, Trindade, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 325 reviews

Brava or Joatinga Beach

Reviewed By Daniel C

Beautiful place, warm and clean waters. I recommend arriving before 10 am to avoid the traffic, since the access road is narrow, steep and full of curves.

2. Teatro - Sesc Sao Goncalo

Avenida Presidente Kennedy 755, Sao Goncalo, State of Rio de Janeiro 24445-000, Brazil +55(21)2712-2342
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Teatro - Sesc Sao Goncalo

Reviewed By jmedeiros2014 - Sao Goncalo, RJ

Point cultural de São Gonçalo, possui biblioteca, teatro e sempre esta apresentando algo diferente, a cidade de que não tem tantas opções culturais encontra no Sesc um reduto de boa cultura. Possui ótima piscina para associados.

3. Cinepolis Sao Goncalo Shopping

Avenida Sao Goncalo 100 | Sao Goncalo Shopping, Sao Goncalo, State of Rio de Janeiro 24466-970, Brazil +55(21) 3513-7200
Excellent
34%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 250 reviews

Cinepolis Sao Goncalo Shopping

Reviewed By denesi0 - Sao Goncalo, RJ

Muito bem tratado da recepcionista que me vendeu o ingresso, muito atenciosa, muito simpática e comunicativa, loja de goluseimas muito bem instalada, acesso as salas fácil, tudo bem sinalizado dentro da sala de exibição, ambiente limpo, cadeiras confortáveis, som e imagem de alta qualidade.

4. Praia do Cepilho

Primeira Praia de Trindade, Trindade, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 566 reviews

Praia do Cepilho

Reviewed By Paulo F - Lisbon, Portugal

Just keep walking to the next beach. It's a healthy 10m jungle walk, and a much nicer, larger and less crowded beach. If you can afford a little extra walking, first along the beach, then another 10m jungle walk, don't miss the natural lagoon formed inside a bunch of beautiful granite rocks. Very much worth the extra effort. If you have the choice, go early in the morning to avoid the rush of 'farofeiros' (families carrying their own food for a full day stay).

5. Sao Goncalo Shopping

Av. Sao Goncalo, 100 | Boa Vista, Sao Goncalo, State of Rio de Janeiro 24466-970, Brazil +55 21 3513 7200
Excellent
31%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Sao Goncalo Shopping

Reviewed By Letícia B - Barao De Cocais, MG

O shopping é ótimo com excelentes lojas. Achei muito legal o espaço que existe para comemoração de aniversário de criança. As crianças recebem fichas para brincarem nos brinquedos. E aí a festa ....só pode ser um sucesso.

6. Parque da Cidade

Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 21 2610-3157
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Parque da Cidade

Reviewed By finesilver - denver

Great views here, back across the bay, able to see Sugar Loaf, Cristo and all the famous Rio peaks. Clear views, little haze, with views of the Niteroi bridge also.
This spot has some amenities and restrooms. This is also where lots of hang gliders take off, so there was a buzz from that activity today also.
I got some great photos there, be sure to check out the other reader photos to get a clear idea of what you will miss if you dont stop there, especially if you are on Niteroi for any reason.

7. Centro de Memoria da Imigracao da Ilha das Flores

Avenida Paiva s/n | Neves - Ilha das Flores, Sao Goncalo, State of Rio de Janeiro 24426-148, Brazil 552137079506
Excellent
100%
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0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Centro de Memoria da Imigracao da Ilha das Flores

It is a museum for the public awareness of the experience of immigration.This space includes the open-air museum that you can visit and learn about the constructs of the ancient guest house dating from the end of XIX century. Diversified memorials and historiographical narratives, over five totems, present the visitor places that were once occupied by officials and immigrants.

Reviewed By Leona F - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Yesterday my family and I discovered a bit of history few people know about in Rio de Janeiro! From 1883 to 1966 hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, Poland, Japan, China, Muslim countries and Jews docked at this small island and were given shelter, food, and guidance. Over 2000,000 men, women and children arrived here from 1883 to 1914. You will see he buildings where they found hospitality. There is an Open Air Circuit visitors can walk (a 40 minute guided tour) and there is a small Museum where video and audio information is accessible. You get to know who were the people who contributed to Brazilian society, bringing in their knowledge, talents, technical skills, languages. You get to see unadulterated environment - and view the City of Rio de Janeiro from across the Bay of Guanabara. The Ilha das Flores (Island of Flowers) is a Brazilian Navy facility, and the Museum is the result of a Partnership between the Navy and the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

8. Pedra Que Engole

Praia de Fora, Trindade, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 626 reviews

Pedra Que Engole

Reviewed By Anand_Hari - London, United Kingdom

We were lucky enough to go with someone who had local knowledge.
The trail is ok but the real fun is the rock formations. There is a mini cave behind the waterfall. A rock that swallows, thats what the locals call it, you go in one end and the water spits you out another. A very smooth slope which you can use as a slide.
The water is fresh, clean and "refreshing".



9. Alto do Gaia

Estrada de Sao Tome, 14, Santa Isabel, Sao Goncalo - RJ | Localizado em Itaitindiba, Santa Isabel, Sao Goncalo, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Alto do Gaia

Reviewed By Jú S

Uma trilha pesada A Guarda os corajosos. Vc começa andando quase uns 6km no sol até chegar na trilha. E depois começa a subir a trilha de uma forma bem tranquila, porém ela tem muitas subidas. Se o joelho estiver mais ou menos, ñ vá!

10. Joao Caetano Municipal Theater

Rua Quinze de Novembro 35 | Centro, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24020-125, Brazil 2126201624
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 348 reviews

Joao Caetano Municipal Theater

Reviewed By Jonas C - Brasil

This theater in Rio is only known as Teatro João Caetano. It's at Praça Tiradentes, not so far away from the famous Teatro Municipal. Both of them have totally different clientele. One is an Opera kind of theater, while the João Caetano offers popular affordable music Concerts and plays, usually from Tuesdays to Sundays. Its rich "brother" is almost always closed waiting for a ballet or for any highbrow event. The João Caetano is not eye-catching outside at all, the other is a must-see.Besides, it's at a square which works as a bus terminal. Go to the João Caetano if you want to be where the local population of Rio frequent.

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