In Santa Cruz, in addition to the well-known, rocky Praia das Palmeiras with its two swimming pools, there is a new bathing complex near Ribeira da Boaventura. It has swimming pools, solariums, locker rooms and a food court.
Between the boating area and the swimming pools there is a small sheltered bay with safe access to the sea. For fans of the open sea, there is a pier near the bank at the mouth of the stream.
Here in Santa Cruz, there is also a water fun park, Aquaparque, which is next to the Ribeira da Boaventura Bathing Complex.
The park, with a capacity for more than 1,000 people, has five toboggan slides, four fast slides, two swimming pools, one of them for children (Aqualândia Infantil), a lazy river running round the swimming pools, a bar and bathing areas.