The Sao Paulo Port, also known as the Port Santos is the gateway to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. Regarded as the biggest city in Brazil and one of the largest in the world, Sao Paulo is home to nearly 10 million people and a thriving metropolis of commerce, tourism and culture. The port city of Santos, being one of the biggest ports in South America sees a lot of passengers debark at the Sao Paulo cruise port. If the stay is short, tourists may just be able to explore the city of Santos. However, it is recommended to take some time and visit the city of Sao Paulo, as well, and explore the wide array of tourist attractions offered there.
Near the Sao Paulo port of call, where passengers enter the city of Santos, is a multitude of shopping centers both within the city of Santos and in the city of Sao Paulo, as well. It is what some travelers call a shopping mecca at which you can buy nearly anything, from high-end boutiques in the Jardins to local Brazilian goods such as handmade belts, bags and accessories in the Centro market. There is a wealth of choice here in these 2 cities.
Things to See
The port of Santos is one of the biggest container terminals in South America and its importance stems from the growth of Brazil's coffee industry. This rich heritage is on display at the city's dock museum, which is located on the docks near the cruise terminal. Other attractions in Santos are the gothic style church of Embare, the Aquarium and the Monte Serrat Hills from where tourists can get a great view of the city and its surroundings. In the city of Sao Paulo, however, you get to see the birth place of Brazilian modernism, with artistically designed buildings and mansions from the Praça Vilaboim (Vilaboim Square/Plaza) and the Higienópolis (Sao Paulo's richest neighborhood). Art is venerated in Sao Paulo, and nowhere is it more evident than in the city's many art museums and galleries, from the Museum of Brazilian Arts (Museu de Arte Brasileira) to the Museum of Sacred Arts (Museu de Arte Sacra), which houses thousands of pieces of art from contemporary and established artists. The city is also home to many botanical gardens and parks, such as the Ibirapuera Park where locals stroll and practice Capoeira, a mix of dance and martial arts, in the open.
Restaurant and Bars
Brazil's food is what one would call a meat lover's dream, with platters containing different kinds of barbecues, seafood and other dishes. There is a variety of different cuisines available, from German and Thai to Latin and Lebanese, among others. The best restaurants closest to your debarkation point are the Restaurante Vasques, Tsunami and the Big Pizza. Others restaurants also worthy of mention in the city of Santos are the La Recoleta, and Vista ao Mar. But it is during the night that both cities become truly alive, with bars featuring live music and dancing and an all together happy Brazilian atmosphere that will make you feel truly welcome in one of the best cities in the world.