Lopes Mendes is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil and from what I saw it is! This is one of the only beaches we went to on the island that had waves. We had a great time watching all the surfers and even had the opportunity to try surfing. There is a surf instructor on the beach that will teach you for about an hour for 50 reals/aprox $25 USD (you can always try to bargain it down)...in the hour we all were able to stand up (with the help of the teacher). You won't become a professional surfer but still well worth the experience.