Ilha Grande State Park
Ilha Grande State Park
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eehotel
Sao Paulo, SP129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
As we always hear, the beauty of the island and its many beaches (of which we visited just a part) is magnificent. We stayed in Açaratiba which I highly recommend. The other side of the island (Abraão) is much more "developed" to the point of becoming a tourist trap. We stayed at Recanto Do Sol, a bed and breakfast simple but in which you can feel Samara's (owner) finger in every little bit of it. Everything is comfortable, of good quality and taste. The breakfast is home made and varies everyday, From this B&B a nice less than 15 min walk takes you to Araçatibinha, one of the most beautiful and cozy beaches I have ever been. One can hire boats or join others for fixed tours to nearby lakes and beaches -- every one more espectacular than the last. Make sure you visit the Praia do Dentista, another jewel. Because of the island difficult logistic, everything is quite more expensive than in mainland. It is not a cheap trip, but it is worth every penny of it.
Written 5 January 2023
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daibragga
Rio de Janeiro, RJ20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
I never have been in a peace so wonderful and calm like in Ilha Grande, and everyone I take falls in love as well. You can go to the beach, waterfalls by quiet trails or by boat. Ilha grande has a lot of camps (the campings in Brazil have shared kitchen), hostel and hostel most is very simple so do not worry too much, I have already paid more expensive and cheaper for practically the same service. There are markets, restaurants and bars with various price options.
Ilha grande has amazing boat tours, you can buy on time and take your drink and your snack (but the boat stops at a restaurant too) and many mapped trails, some trail need like to 2 days, but close too vila do abraão there are many short trails too. At night you will see small parties with guitar playing in the streets, if you want to know about the events of the day because there is always a forró (Brazilian festivities) around the beaches (usually there is no ticket, just enjoy)
I have been many times and I have never seen violence or robbery on the Ilha, but if you are drinking do not take too much and do not go away from the busy parts because it’s an island so there are many empty parts mainly at night. I've seen lost tourists look like drunk, this is not a good idea if you need to walk or get a boat to go back to where you are staying. Another important tip for foreign tourists is to look for the written price of the attractions like restaurants, bars or boat tour (so they cannot change the amount and you will pay as a local) if they do not have the price visible, if possible ask in more than one place.
Arriving on the Ilha Grande from Rio de Janeiro is easy, go to Rodoviária Novo Rio in Rio Center (by Taxi, Uber or subway + VLT) buy a ticket to Conceição de Jacareí or Angra dos Reis (You can buy it online) on the bus say to the drive you are going to Ilha Grande that the driver is going stop in front of the place to buy the ticket for the fast boat (Boat every 30 minutes more or less and probably almost all of the bus is going down as well) and the boats leave across the street to Vila do Abraão. You can also take the bus to Mangaratiba and get the boat but they have only 1 per day, leaving at 08:00 h, the journey is also longer because the big boat is slower than the fast boat, but also cheaper.
Written 19 July 2019
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HikeinRio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
amazing peaceful environment to realx of any stress. No cars, just hikes and boats to discover this paradise like island.
Written 26 March 2018
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Travelgenius77
Canada108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
Ilha Grande is a great place to relax and enjoy. angra Dos Reis is an awesome island - few hours from Rio De Janeiro.. good to spend the day... once arrived there is a boat commute from the city to the island where you can swim in the not deep clear water...
Snorkeling or scuba dive trips are offered there. It is completely a beauty... deserve the stop.
Written 23 January 2018
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ELISA P
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
My boyfriend and I did a boat tour round the full island. The boat stoped off at 5 different beaches, each more beautiful than the next....including the famous aventureiro beach with the bent palm tree. The place is beautiful and the tour organisers are fantastic. Highly recommend this to anyone staying in or around Rio. It's well worth the 2-3 hour trip down the coast and boat ride to the island.
Written 12 May 2017
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Palek
Wroclaw, Poland547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Very calm place with probably the best coffee we encountered during our stay in Brasil. Tavern/restaurant Mandela offered simple but tasty Brazilian food.
Written 2 May 2017
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MOEWZEN
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
Absolutely stunning.
Lovely locals, always up for a chat and a laugh. Nature and tracks are beautiful!

BUT!!! Since the island feels so extremely safe. It's easy to let your guard down.
Nevertheless. A solo male-traveller was robbed on the tracks a few days ago.
You are very much alone on the long tracks. Don't go alone as a solo female!!!
Written 11 April 2017
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Hans B
Eindhoven, The Netherlands166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Ilha Grande is a great place to relax and enjoy.
On the Island ou'll find no cars, and life is easy and laid back.
Hiking or going around by boat to explore the island are the most common options.
The Island is filled with unspoiled locations and great views.
Great to encounter the Islands wildlife and marine life.
Snorkeling or scuba dive trips are offered there.

As it is around 140km from Rio de Janeiro it is a place to escape the busy city for a few days

The Island can only be reached by boat, ferry or watertaxi.
Written 4 October 2016
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sachsenbeitel
Neuss, Germany11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
If you are in the Region of Angra dos Reis it's a must to visit Ilha Grande, a real paradise.
Had my 6th visit and my 5th ascent of Pico de Papageio. Always you see rare animals. It is a pleasure to be on the island with lot of footpaths. Walk to famous beach Lopes Mendes.
If you come 1st time try to use the schooner (port. escuna) for transfer to Angra. The speedboat (40') has no atmosphere.
Written 14 August 2016
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Familyoffduty
Western Ireland, Ireland631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Went there in 2008 for a week. Had a great time despite getting some serious food poisoning at one stage. Stayed in a B&B along the front with its own pool and visited the beaches and bays by boat. Went diving off the sunken helicopter nearby and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Getting the bags to the B&B was a struggle over the beach, which was covered in vultures at early evening. But indeed a lovely getaway and unspoiled.
Written 15 July 2016
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