Things to do in Santos

Our most recommended things to do in Santos

From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

1. From São Paulo: Santos, São Vicente & Guarujá Day Trip

This tour starts in Santos Downtown with a tram ride through the historical center to see the main squares, important buildings, churches, monuments and historical landmarks of the city. After that, the tour continues to Itararé beach located in São Vicente city, where you'll stop to take pictures and free time to enjoy the beach or to go on a optional ride by cable car from Itararé beach to the top of Itararé Hill, where you can marvel at a beautiful view over São Vicente coast and Porchat Island. The next stop will be at the Japanese culture viewpoint to overlook the coast with all the beaches of Santos. In the afternoon, visit the Campina viewpoint in Guaruja where you can enjoy a panoramic view over Enseada beach and Stones Hill. The tour will stop next on Enseada beach to have some lunch, relax on the beach and take a fresh bath in the crystal clear water.

Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared City Tour - Main City Sights

2. Santos: 7-hour Complete Shared City Tour - Main City Sights

Discover the wonders of Santos on a 7-hour city tour. There is plenty to see, do, and explore in the city, which is famous for its beaches, tropical climate, and wide variety of tourist attractions. Meet your friendly bilingual guide for the day at either Santos Seaport or the Municipal Aquarium, then set out onto the vibrant streets of Santos for the tour expedition. Start the tour with an exploration of Porchat Island, then enjoy a 45-minute visit to the colorful Botanical Gardens. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, take an hour for lunch in Santos before heading to the popular Monte Serrat. Throughout the journey, listen to your guide share fascinating stories and insight into each of the landmarks, as well as Santos’ history, culture, and traditions. After an hour at Mount Serrat, enjoy a quick visit to the iconic Pelé Museum and the Shrine of St. Anthony of Valongo. From there, head to the Coffee Museum for a 40-minute tour to learn about the history of Brazilian coffee and its production. At the end of an unforgettable day, relax on the return journey to the tour meeting point or an alternate location of your choice along the way.

From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

3. From São Paulo: Santos and Guarujá Private Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in São Paulo, journey to the coastal cities of Santos and Guarujá, approximately 80 kilometers from the capital. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1-hour drive through expansive sections of the Atlantic Forest, and then discover the largest maritime port in Latin America upon arrival at Santos. Marvel at the countless shipping containers and cargo vessels in the Port of Santos, where thousands of immigrants arrived in Brazil at the end of the 19th century to work on the great coffee plantations. Get to know the main tourist attractions of the city, both in the historic city center and on the edges of the city. Learn how coffee production influenced the local way of life and customs, and hear more about the important historical figures of the area who affected not only the state of São Paulo but the country as a whole. Then, take the ferry to Guarujá on Santo Amaro Island, known for its large selection of beaches, restaurants and lookout points. Since the 1970s, following a boom in the local real estate market, the island has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of São Paulo. Go to a lookout point to get some amazing views and take some excellent souvenir photographs. Stop at an excellent local restaurant to enjoy the local seafood before making your way back to São Paulo.

Santos: Local Highlights Private Tour

4. Santos: Local Highlights Private Tour

The city of Santos has the largest port in Latin America, which comes complete with a beautifully restored historic center. Another major highlight of the city is the largest beach garden in the world, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records at 5,335 meters long. The sights listed below are suggestions of activities to do and sights to see in Santos. The actual tour can be personalized by your guide according to your preferences and available time. Sights and activities that you can see are: • Santos Beach • A coffee museum • Mount Serrat • Porchat Island • Santos Stadium • The Pelé Museum • The Botanical Garden • A tram tour • The Cathedral • The Aquarium • The fishing museum • The cable car and paraglider

São Paulo: Full-Day Guided City Tour from the Port of Santos

5. São Paulo: Full-Day Guided City Tour from the Port of Santos

You’ll begin your tour by being picked up as soon as you disembark your cruise ship, enjoying a private transfer to São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. The route of your journey will be a memorable one, traveling on Serra do Mar road alongside a pristine forest reserve. Once in São Paulo, you’ll first start by visiting the downtown area, the Liberdade neighborhood, where the Japanese settled in São Paulo at the beginning of the 20th century. Your next stop will be a prominent municipal market in town, the best place to get in touch with a whole range of local products and to learn something about São Paulo culture and gastronomy. After this, you'll pass by the renowned Paulista Avenue, located in one of the city’s bustling financial districts before stopping off at Ibirapuera Park, an area of lush greenery spanning 158 hectares that was inaugurated in 1954. When the tour finishes, you’ll be driven back to the port of Santos.

Santos: Private 8-hour São Paulo Overview

6. Santos: Private 8-hour São Paulo Overview

This tour is designed to be totally flexible, featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do, or topics to explore in São Paulo based on your interests and available time. You can either follow your guide's suggested itinerary, or just select specific sights focusing more on culture, history, and social-economic aspects of the city and Brazil. Also on offer to immerse yourself in are the topics of local architecture, street art, local crafts and design, fashion, photography, business, sports, LGBTQ culture, nature, and religion. Alternatively, you can go shopping, uncover local gastronomy, and engage in local art. Your guide will be at your disposal throughout your entire experience.  Some suggested sites include Ibirapuera Park, Obelisk, the Bandeiras Monument, the Assembly Seat, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Liberdade Neighborhood, the Sé Cathedral, and the Brooklin neighborhood, among many more.

From Santos Terminal: São Paulo Shore Excursion to São Paulo

7. From Santos Terminal: São Paulo Shore Excursion to São Paulo

Benefit from pick-up at the cruise ship terminal at Santos Port, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city center of São Paulo. Discover the highlights with the help of your driver/guide and get a feel for everyday life. Marvel at the old houses of the coffee barons and the amazing contemporary architecture by Oscar Niemeyer. Indulge your passion for art and culture at museums and cultural attractions that showcase the best of Brazil and the international arts.  Stroll around downtown to see the Estádio do Pacaembu football stadium, the monuments of Praça da Sé and the Jesuit mission of the Pátio do Colégio. Find the city's green lungs at Ibirapuera Park, admire the elegant façade of Luz Station and be tempted by the produce on sale at the Municipal Market of São Paulo.  

Full Day Beach Tour Santos & Guarujá: Culture & Beaches

8. Full Day Beach Tour Santos & Guarujá: Culture & Beaches

Get ready to spend a relaxing day discovering some of the most beautiful beaches in the coast of the state of São Paulo. There is no better place for enjoying a sunny day than heading down to the delightful beach towns of Santos and Guarujá. Upon pick-up at the São Paulo hotel and travel for 1h30 to the coast. Along the tour, encounter beautiful beaches and city center, viewpoints and ride an exciting funicular tram to the top of a mountain! Visit Santos most important sights like Mont Serrat, Coffee Museum and Porchat Island combined with a sightseeing through its beaches. Then change the pace totally taking the ferry boat to go to the neighboring beach town of Guarujá to relax on a sandy beach, near restaurants, having appetizers and sipping drinks beachfront. Guarujá stands out for a strip of clear soft sand and small waves, ideal for sea bathing. It’s certain a destination for those who want to be closer to nature or lounging around on the sand to pass the time away with style.

Santos & Guarujá: Private Speedboat Tour with Food & Drinks

9. Santos & Guarujá: Private Speedboat Tour with Food & Drinks

Spend a relaxing day swimming, sailing and having fun in the sun on a private boat tour just off the coast of the cities of Santos and Guarujá. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Santos. Head to the marina, where the boat will be docked in Santos. Once onboard, meet your guide and crew who will look after you throughout the day, and set sail for your day of adventure. Sit back and relax or get up and dance to the music playing on the boat while enjoying unparalleled views of the Santos coastline. As you sail, tuck into a delicious selection of drinks, sandwiches, and snacks, and for groups of more than 14 people, enjoy a Brazilian barbecue onboard. Along your way, stop at the marvellous secluded beaches of Sangava, Cheira Limão — a breathtaking 30-meter strip of clear soft sand and gentle waves, ideal for sea bathing — and Goes where you can relax, have drinks, swim, and explore without the crowds before returning to your hotel in Santos. Best of all, choose who you spend your day with, on a boat or yacht with a capacity of either 6, 10, or 15 people.

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What people are saying about Santos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

What an amazing trip! Highly recommend. I saw a few reviews about Santos not being interesting but I can say that I found it 100% worth visiting. It really gives you a taste of history and the old town is beautiful and very interesting! San Vicente was just unreal, the beautiful view from the gondola ride and from the top was really special. And Guaruja was the perfect stop to end the day, beautiful beach, delicious restaurant… 10 out of 10 trip for us. Our guide Mauricio also deserves the greatest applause for being so informative, fun, and attentive the entire trip!!

an excursion that is really worthwhile, the tour of Santos with the old tram (although the old town of Santos is not really nice, the renovation was neglected), the view of Sao Vicente, almost looks like Rio, and finally to the beach of Guarujos with lunch in a nice beach restaurant. At the end, a compliment to our guide Mauricio and our driver who made this excursion so eventful.

There is not so much to see in Santos as the old town is almost deserted. But Sao Vicente and Guaruja are nice with pleasant views and beaches. The day is not packed with activities but our guide kept us entertained and he was able to provide various information. Otherwise well organise, pick up on time

Prachtige excursie! Zeer de moeite waard. En had met Mauricio een geweldige gids. Misschien wel mijn leukste dag van mijn vakantie in Brazilië

We had a wonderful day and a wonderful tour. Highly recommend.