If you love beaches, Ilha Grande will certainly be an unforgettable destination for you. You will encounter incredible landscapes and definitely have unique experiences.
Belonging to the municipality of Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande is one of the largest islands that make up the Costa Verde tourist region in Rio de Janeiro. Altogether, there are 187 islands scattered along the state coast. Ilha Grande has an area of 192 square kilometers and its lush vegetation, consisting of native Atlantic Forest, is safeguarded by several wildlife and environmental protection agencies.
One of the beaches that stand out is Lopes Mendes Beach, which has already been voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Brazil by Traveler’s Choice Awards. In total, there are more than 100 beaches with different infrastructure in Ilha Grande, including beaches with all the necessary amenities you might need, as well as deserted beaches, and even small strips of sand that are visible and accessible only during low tide.
If you are a beach lover, Ilha Grande will certainly be an unforgettable destination for you
Vermelha (Red Beach)
Praia Vermelha has blue-green crystal-clear waters. A favorite with divers, it is usually the starting point for underwater expeditions, especially to shipwrecks around Ilha Grande Bay.
Enseada de Araçatiba (Araçatiba Cove)
With fine golden sand, the paradise beach of Araçatiba Cove has lots of almond trees under which visitors will be able to relax. Its remarkable crystal-clear waters have a comfortable temperature for most of the year, which makes it a wonderful place to go for a swim.
Snorkeling is one of the favorite activities with tourists, who can observe the amazing local marine wildlife species, such as turtles and starfish. Diving equipment can be hired on the beach or at the inn where the tourist is staying.
A fun way to visit the islands around Ilha Grande is on a schooner. Visitors are also able to enjoy local rivers, freshwater lakes, waterfalls, mangroves, and trails in the region.
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.
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Tourist Information Center:
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Local weather is mild, and average high is 26°. Visitors should pack light clothes, sunscreen, and definitely take a cap or a hat.