Brazilian beach behaviour

Though it certainly would be interesting to dwell on the differences in what is considered appropriate beach wear in Brazil contrary to Germany, this is not the focus of this post.

It’s about crowds. On any given beach, Brazilians have a tendency to stay closely packed together, preferable within the vicinity of food and drinks. In this comfortable life, they sit under their umbrella and wait for the next beach seller to come by, offering anything from soup, to sunscreen, children toys, grilled meat, fruit salads or caipirinha.

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Distribution on a Brazilian beach

Germans on the other hand would be spread all over the beach. Not literally of course. But each family would be neatly separated from the other by a few meters distance, cautiously aware of any invasion of their private space. If need be, they might proceed to the construction of sand walls to clearly mark the territory.

Germans on the Beach

Distribution on a German beach

Now, I don’t say one is better or worse than the other. It’s just one of those things you can’t help noticing as the example from the praia de Frances shows:


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