One of the most beautiful places on the Atlantic Ocean, Ilha Grande has gorgeous green seas and paradise beaches. Visitors can't help but fall in love with its 193 km² of pure natural beauty.
Ilha Grande is located in the Angra dos Reis District, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. The island is part of the Green Coast (Costa Verde), a tourist region that includes a cluster of 187 islands, among which it is the largest. It boasts 193 km² of lush Atlantic Forest vegetation, safeguarded by the Tamoios Environmental Protection Area and three other environmental reserves in the region: Aventureiro Marine State Park, Ilha Grande State Park, and South Beach Biological Reserve .
A boat ride around Ilha Grande
The main local attractions include Pico do Papagaio (Parrot Peak), a prominent hill with a panoramic view of the island, Cachoeira da Feiticeira (Witch Waterfall), a very popular attraction with abseilers, Farol dos Castelhanos (Castelhanos Lighthouse), one of the oldest on the Brazilian coast, Acaiá Cave, where there is amazing fluorescence when the sunlight reaches the water in the underground chamber, Lagoa Verde (Green Lagoon), a swimming hole with transparent waters and lots of colorful fish, Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), a small bay where divers can see several species of fish, molluscs, and coral reefs, and Lopes Mendes Beach, voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Brazil on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2014.
Canoeists who visit Ilha Grande will experience the unique natural beauty of the local crystal-clear seas. They will encounter places around the island where others cannot reach on foot. We do, however, recommend the presence of a guide to accompany visitors on their canoeing adventure.
There are different types of accommodations and infrastructure all around the island. Praia do Aventureiro (Adventurer’s Beach), a beach with warm clear water, is home to most of the campsites on the island. Vila do Abraão, on the other hand, is the main village on the island, and offers visitors a choice of inns and restaurants.
If you are a beach lover, Ilha Grande will certainly be an unforgettable destination for you. But, besides enjoying the beaches, visitors will also be able to experience local rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mangroves, and trails. A trip to Ilha Grande will definitely include lots of unique experiences and incredible landscapes.
Tom Jobim International Airport, Rio de Janeiro: +55 (21) 3004 6050
Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro: +55 (21) 3814-7070
Tom Jobim International Airport operates domestic flights to and from most cities in Brazil as well as international flights to and from many cities around the world. Visitors that are already in Brazil, and plan to go to Rio, may prefer to fly to Santos Dumont Airport. Upon arrival at one or the airports in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the only way to get to Ilha Grande is by boat. Out of the several mooring docks on the island, the most popular is the one in Abraão Village. As for Angra dos Reis, schooners, catamarans, and motorboats may moor at Santa Luzia Station, in the downtown area.
The best way to visit the local beaches around Ilha Grande is on schooners. For more information, contact the Abraão Tourism Office at +55 (24) 3361-5760
Cars are not allowed on the island, so a great way to get around is to rent a bike.
+55 (24) 3377-8311
+55 (24) 3371-2899
+55 (24) 3365-0365
Tourist Information Center:
+55 (24) 3361-5760
Local weather is mild, and average high is 26°. Visitors should pack light clothes, sunscreen, and definitely take a cap or a hat.