The beachfront at Atalaia is guaranteed fun. There are wooden boardwalks (which serve as shortcuts to the surf), bike paths, playgrounds, and even an Oceanarium. At night you can choose between bars and restaurants on the boardwalk or at the bohemian zone of the Passarela do Caranguejo, on the other side of the street.
Two of Brazil’s oldest cities lie on the outskirts of the capital: São Cristóvão, 23 km south, and Laranjeiras, 30 km north.
Aracaju is a great base for tours. To the north, in Pirambú (34km) you will find the Tamar Project; Pacatuba (115km) is the front door to Sergipe's Pantanal. To the south, Praia do Saco (65km) and Mangue Seco (110km) are two cities that can be combined into one trip.