When you’re feeling too lazy to hit the road, hit the beach in Ponta Verde and go to stands like Lopana and Canoa , which are also excellent for happy hour. Ponta Verde and Jatiúca have restaurants, but the bars are in Stella Maris, near the Divina Gula restaurant.
If you go to the northern coast, have lunch on your way back, at one of the nice restaurants on the heights of Ipioca. But if your destination for the day is the southern coast, the mandatory stop is at the restaurants along the Massagueira canal. Before you return to your hotel, stop by the Pontal da Barra, where lace-makers sell filé, the traditional Alagoas lace.
Maragogi – and its famous Galés – is a two-hour trip away. If you can, plan to spend a night there for a more pleasant trip.