Guarujá

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Estância Balneária de Guarujá
"Pearl of the Atlantic"
"Pearl of the Atlantic"
Nickname(s): Pérola do Atlântico (Pearl of the Atlantic)
Motto: PRO MARE NOSTRUM (For our sea)
Location in São Paulo, Brazil
Location in São Paulo, Brazil
Coordinates: 23°59′37″S 46°15′23″W / 23.99361°S 46.25639°W / -23.99361; -46.25639Coordinates: 23°59′37″S 46°15′23″W / 23.99361°S 46.25639°W / -23.99361; -46.25639
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast
State  São Paulo
Metropolitan Region Baixada Santista
Founded June 19, 1934
Anniversary June 30
Government
 • Mayor Valter Sulman
Area
 • Total 143.58 km2 (55.44 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 311,230
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
Postal Code 11400-000
Area code(s) +55 13
Website Prefeitura Municipal de Guarujá

Guarujá (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡwaɾuˈʒa]) is a municipality in the São Paulo state of Brazil. It is part of the Metropolitan Region of Baixada Santista.[2] The population is 311,230 (2015 est.) in an area of 143.58 km2 (55.44 sq mi).[1] This place name comes from the Tupi language, and means "narrow path". The population is highly urbanized.

Geography

Asturias beach

Guarujá is located in Santo Amaro island, situated in São Paulo shore. Its main economic sources are seasonal tourism and port related activities.

Guarujá is a popular weekend destination for families from São Paulo, who can get there driving in less than one hour (through the Imigrantes highway). Traffic gets heavy during the evening on the holidays.

Guarujá has a borough called Vicente de Carvalho, in tribute to the Parnasianist poet.

A nickname for the city is "The Pearl of the Atlantic".

Guarujá is known for its famous beaches such as Guaiúba, Tombo, Astúrias, Pitangueiras, Enseada, Pernambuco, Perequê, São Pedro, Tijucopava, Iporanga, Praia Branca and Praia Preta.

Economy

Guaruja, its history, infrastructure and proximity to the country's most populous city, provides strong attractive real estate and tourism. Much of the region on the coast, the beaches near the center (mainly Asturias Pitangueiras, Enseada, and Tombo) are taken by buildings devoted to the seasonal population, who arrives mostly in summer. Tourism, therefore, is the most important component that moves the economy.

The other part, relevant and non-seasonal, comes from the port (left bank of the Port of Santos) and related activities, such as transportation. Due to its proximity to Cubatao (largest industrial district in the country) and ports, there is also interest in industrial occupation in the region, started in 1976 by Dow Chemical, still the only major industry to occupy the region.

According to the IBGE of 2006 the production of wealth in the service area in the city, added that year, US$1.820 billion, equivalent to 0.14% in participation in the Brazilian GDP.

Twin towns – sister cities

Guarujá is twinned with:

Sports

The Estádio Municipal Antônio Fernandes is a football (soccer) stadium located in the city.[3] Associação Desportiva Guarujá play their home games at this stadium. The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team picked Guarujá as their base during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

References

  1. ^ a b Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística
  2. ^ Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo, Lei Complementar Nº 815
  3. ^ "Estádio Municipal Antônio Fernandes" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 

External links

  • City Hall page
  • Hotels in Guarujá - Find hotels, restaurants, bars and useful links about Guarujá / SP
  • Encontra Guarujá - Find everything about Guarujá city
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