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Saquarema – Surfer and Family Destination

By Sarah Coursey, Editor

RIO DE JANEIRO - Before the slightest sliver of beach can be spotted, a brightly colored banner announces Saquarema as Brazil's capital of surf. This sleepy, tourist town just 100 kilometers from Rio has been catching the country's biggest waves, and the surfers around the world who ride them, all in a charmingly unassuming package.

First discovered by Dom João III, King of Portugal, frustrated that his system of 'excursions' to guard the Brazilian coastline had proved unfruitful, the town was originally populated by the native peoples known as . . .

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