Joao Pessoa may not be one of Brazil's more famous cities, but it is certainly one of its most beautiful. As one of the greenest, cleanest, and safest cities in the country, Joao Pessoa has long been an attractive destination for domestic tourists. Yet it remains a bit of a hidden gem for those visiting from abroad. But with more parks than almost any other city on the planet, a historic city centre that is being rapidly refurbished, and a location right on the eastern tip of South America, Joao Pessoa is as much worthy of a visit as some of Brazil's more popular destinations.
The easiest way to get to Joao Pessoa is via air, with dozens of domestic flights on offer to Joao Pessoa Airport (officially Presidente Castro Pinto International Airport) every day. To be sure you don't miss out on the cheapest flights, use Skyscanner's Whole Month search tool to find out when the best deals to Joao Pessoa are available.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Joao Pessoa
Joao Pessoa enjoys a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from October to February, which also coincides with summer in the Southern Hemisphere. As a result, this is also the high season in Joao Pessoa when you may have to pay a bit extra for flights and hotels. April to July bring heavy rains, although temperatures remain in the high 20s. If you plan on doing some surfing, the best months are August and September when the winds pick up. To ensure you don't miss out on a great deal to Joao Pessoa, sign up for Price Alerts from Skyscanner.
Airlines that Fly to Joao Pessoa Airport
Joao Pessoa isn't well known outside of Brazil, so when it comes to airlines serving Joao Pesso Airport you are largely limited to domestic carriers. Four airlines currently fly to Joao Pessoa: Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Gol Airlines, and LATAM Brasil. Most flights to Joao Pessoa connect through Sao Paulo, Brasilia, or Rio de Janeiro. The only international flight is offered by Gol Airlines to/from Buenos Aires-Ezeiza.
What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport
Joao Pessoa Airport is located just 12 km from the historic city centre and a little further from the city's beaches. Driving is the most convenient way of getting to and from the airport. There are a number of car rental agencies located inside the terminal and renting a car during your holiday in Joao Pessoa may be a good idea. Taxis are also available just outside the arrivals hall. Be sure to negotiate a fare with your taxi driver beforehand.
Joao Pessoa Airport is a fairly small airport that largely caters to the local population and Brazilian holidaymakers. As a result, shopping and dining options here are very limited. On the bright side, because this is a small facility handling relatively few flights, getting from your plane to the airport exit is usually quick and easy.
What to See and Do in Joao Pessoa
If this is your first visit to Joao Pessoa, then you may be surprised by how much there is to see and do. The historic city centre is definitely worth a stroll, with the Igreja do São Francisco standing out as one of the most impressive churches in all of Brazil. The city is also home to some excellent urban beaches, including Tambaú and Cabo Branco. Just south of Cabo Branco is Ponta do Seixas, the most easterly point in the Americas. Because Joao Pessoa is such a hidden gem, getting a great deal on a hotel is often easy. Skyscanner can help you find a hotel in Joao Pessoa at a great price.
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