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Location

Cabedelo is situated on the extreme eastern point of South America, approximately 100MN south of Natal where the Rio Paraiba enters the sea. It's location makes it a useful arrival/departure point for Brazil.

Entry is possible day or night, as the channel is well marked with buoys. Note however that quite often some of these are not working, so if your first time it's advisable to avoid a night entry.

It is a good place to leave the boat if exploring the interior.

Jacare is located up-river.

Security Note:

In July of 2017 four armed bandits came into the bar of the Jacaré Marina and robbed at gunpoint a group of cruisers who were relaxing and making use of the Marina's Wifi. Their haul included several phones, computers, tablets and wallets. Read report here.

Position 6°57.44'S, 34°50.5'W

Clearance

Read Brazil Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of Brazil.

Clearance should be completed within two working days of arrival. The order in which you visit the various officials is important, otherwise, you might have a wasted journey. If one is not available, or your visits take more than one morning (which is very likely!),  just return the next day.

Visit Immigration (Federal Police) first, followed by the Customs (Alfandega) with the ships’papers and the document provided by the police, then the Health Authorities (Vigilancia Sanitaria) with any vaccination documents and finally the Port Authority with all the papers presented and provided so far and all the documentation previously accumulated.

Remember, all the crew has to be present at all the offices and the forms must be filled in, in ink, without any corrections or mistakes.

There is a marina close to Joao Pessoa, capital of Paraíba state. The police visit the marina every day and one can drive with them to check in at Cabedelo where there is also a Customs office and the port captain's office. This is in front of the harbour entrance in Cabedelo.

If Jacare is your first port of call, take the train from the station next to Jacare Wharf to Cabedello (20 minutes). It is now possible to complete all the formalities at the harbour. Alternatively, if staying at the marina here, they will assist you with doing formalities, all very quick and easy, but more costly.

All the authorities are all located inside the port of Cabedelo premises or just in front. The train station is quite near (get out on the right hand side), follow the street parallel to the tracks until the port area, turn right and the port entry is 200m away. Just ask for “Policia Federal”, then for Alfandega””, afterwards for “Capitania dos Portos” and finally for “Vigilancia Sanitaria.”. Remember most offices close between 11.30 am and 2 pm and clearance is only done in the mornings.

Normally you will be granted a 90 day visa which can be extended for another 90 days, but be sure to get the extension before the initial 90 days expires as there is a fine for each day otherwise.

For a very useful, detailed description of Clearing in here see this 2016 Cruiser's report.

Last updated October 2016.

Docking

This coast is fringed by reefs, so it is important to make for the outer buoy of the approach channel.

The entrance and channel are well marked but not all beacons are lit. The river is also quite wide with several shallow areas, so unless you know the place well it is advisable to do a daytime entry or exit. Jacare Village marina have a list of entry points on their website.

Once inside the harbour, keep close to the quay, after which, move to the centre of the river Paraiba. There is a shoal in front of Favella and anchoring near here is not recommended.

Jacare

It is best to proceed up the river to Jacare, but beware of the many shoals and strong currents. It is advisable not to use a "danforth" type anchor as it can more easily be tripped when the tide turns. Beware of the unlit fishing nets strung across the river.

What was once a fishing village has now become a busy resort. Jacare is popular with the Brazilian jet-set and notorious for its all-night music. Everywhere in Jacare noise can be a problem.

At Jacare, yachts can anchor in front of the "yacht club". Although this is no longer a "club", dinghies can be left here during the week.

Jacare Yacht Village (or Marina Jacare Village) have much-improved facilities for cruising yachts. You can independently anchor close to the marina or tie up to one of their mooring buoys or docks.

Security Note:

In July of 2017 four armed bandits came into the bar of the Jacaré Marina and robbed at gunpoint a group of cruisers who were relaxing and making use of the Marina's Wifi. Their haul included several phones, computers, tablets and wallets. Read report here.

This is the first time that any such incident has happened in Jacaré to cruisers.

Ribeira

A quieter alternative is Ribeira, nothing more than a collection of adobe cottages strung out along a rutted track. Hidden from Jacare by an island of mangroves, it is a peaceful spot, however there are no food shops here. To get to the supermarkets and other amenities one must cross the river to Jacare. The city is just a 20 minute train ride.

Ex-cruiser Luciano opened the small marina Ribeira Adventure Club in March 2010 on the other side of Stuart Island, intended for low-budget cruisers. Prices are reported to be 40% cheaper than those in Jacare and facilities basic. Care should be taken as there are sandbanks on the way to Ribeira.

Last updated August 2017.

Marina Jacaré Village
VILLA DOS PESCADORES. PRAIA DO JACARE , 58310.000 CABEDELO .PB BRESIL
Tel:+ 55 83 87 39 11 44 (Francis) / +55 83 86 00 67 98 (Nicolas) ,VHF Channel 68
40 berth marina with water and electricity - inner docks are shallow, outer docks depth 4.5m. Clean showers, laundry, wifi, small swimming pool, bar/restaurant.
Improved security following incident in 2017 - bar area enclosed with improved lighting, extra security personnel and security access gates to pontoons.
Able to organize entry formalities (they will go with you or send a driver with you) and assist with finding parts and repairs. The driver knows everyone. Owner Nicolas is a sailor and used to help organize transatlantic rallies. Good place to leave a boat for a long period. French, English, Brazilian all spoken. Useful website with local information and entry waypoints.
Ribeira Adventure Club
Ribeira, Santa Rita , Paraiba
Tel:55 83 3665.5003 - 55 83 9 9805.6105
Bow-to and Stern-to moorings for about 10 boats plus anchor space. Water, electricity and internet use available. Drinks and tapas at Luciano’s small bar. Speaks Spanish and English. Regular water taxis at 2R/S pp from your boat to Jacare. Whatsapp call Luciano Zinn.

rodrigo
rodrigo says:
Sep 27, 2016 09:24 PM

Hello! My name is Rodrigo.My wife and I stayed this hole year in the Cabedelo area ,Jacare and Ribeira with our sailing boat. We stayed almost half of this period at Ribeira, on the other side of the Stuart Island, at the Ribeira Adventure Club and Marina,organised by Lucianio Zinn. The area is beautiful, Jacare some 25 years ago. If you are looking for a calm spot, nature, and good company, I really recomend it. Also a very good spot for trails and a good start to check the river islands out. Our boat 'draft is 1,95, and we had no problem at all. To cross from Jacare to Ribeira, Luciano is available to help and guide throught the way. The facilities are simple , but the place is very cozy and with an excelent atmosphere . They are very helpfull if you need anything related to your boat , or to the burocracies you might have to do. Really gonna miss this stop, Luciano, Cazumi, the gentle people of Ribeira, big hug from us!For me the best stop of the area!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 08, 2015 11:00 AM

Posting on SY Revelations Blog (who spent 5 months in Brazil) - (http://www.svrevelations.com/)

Since 1995, a local musician has been going out on a river boat every single day, playing the beautiful "Bolero" song on his saxophone here in Cabedelo, Brazil. An entire local tourist industry has developed as a result of him going out playing the same sound track every day for the past twenty years. About 40 minutes before sunset, a number of boats carrying tourists would congregate in front of the riverside restaurants. This is the situation every single day with a couple of thousands of tourists gathering at these restaurants and riverside to listen, photograph and video record the daily ritual. Besides the local restaurants, there are many kiosks and shops open for the tourist congregating for the event. These shops are highly dependent on the tourists the musician attracts and only trade from about 16h00 to around 20H00 each day.

Shortly before sunset, all the blaring music will quiet down and the place will become silent. The musician then starts playing his saxophone through a joint sound system shared by all the restaurants. He would slowly make his way through the restaurant to a mooring and then climb inside the river boat to be paddled around the waiting boats full of tourists. The boat man skilfully paddles the boat in the fast flowing river visiting each tourist boat circling as he makes his way. After visiting each boat, the man then paddles back to the adjoining restaurant from where he started and the song ends as the last light of the sun disappears behind the distant horizon.

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