Santos is a municipality in the São Paulo state of Brazil, founded in 1546, only 70 km from São Paulo. It is partially located on the island of São Vicente which harbors both the city of Santos and the city of São Vicente, and partially on the mainland. It is the main city on the Paulista Coast. As of 2010, its population was estimated at 419,086. Santos has the biggest seaport in Latin America; is a significant tourist center; has large industrial complexes and shipping centers, which handle most of the world’s sugar exports and a large portion of the world’s coffee exports; as well as a number of other Brazilian exports including oranges, bananas and cotton. The city also displays the Coffee Museum, where, once, coffee prices were negotiated; and a football memorial, dedicated to the city’s greatest players, amongst which is Pelé. Its beach’s garden, 5.3 km length, figures in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest beach front garden.
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. (Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g303625-Santos_State_of_Sao_Paulo-Vacations.html)
To learn more about Santos, visit the Santos Travel Guide at Wikitravel (http://wikitravel.org/en/Santos)
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The Parque Balneario Hotel is connected to the Shopping Balneario (http://www.shoppingbalneario.com.br/en/stores/), a Mall with over 100 stores and where you can find a currency Exchange store, a food court with dozen Fast food restaurants, and all kinds of commerce.
Besides being located 50m far from the Beach, the hotel also is in the middle of the Santos’ commercial district with many restaurants, bars and stores nearby. It is a neighborhood where you can walk safely, since you take care of all your belongings like when you are in any big city around the world.
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November is Spring and the beginning of a rainy season in Brazil. The average temperature is between 18 °C (night) and 28 °C (day) (64 and 82 °F)