As a general rule of thumb, the seasons in Brasil are the exact opposite of the seasons in the United States. From December to March is a period referred to as “high summer” in Brasil. During that time, Brasilians often go on their summer vacations and popular destinations are bustling with locals and tourists, alike. New Year’s and Carnaval provide the two major events of summertime in Brasil and are a fabulous way to experience South American culture. Another must-do is to bask in a summer time high the Brasilian way – on the beach.
One place of note is Fernando de Noronha, a small archipelago of islands offshore of the Brasilian coast. Far from the busy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, Fernando de Noronha is a haven of warm, blue waters and perfect for recreational diving. The islands are also a model of conservation and officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deemed a paradise because of the abundant animal life, natural atolls and quiet beauty, Fernando de Noronha is a special escape for any traveller lucky enough to behold its tropical splendor.