Ilha Grande

Brazil - Southern Coastal Brazil

Ilha Grande is picture-postcard Brazil, a glorious tropical island just south of Rio draped in lush Atlantic Rainforest and palm-fringed golden beaches.

Once a notorious penal colony, capital Abraao is now a sleepy fishing village set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pico do Papagaio Mountain and popular hang-out for backpackers and locals alike. From Abraao, you can hike through the forest to isolated bays such as Lopes Mendes, arguably Brazil’s most beautiful beach; take schooner trips around the island; surf the impressive breaks or snorkel around amongst schools of tropical fish. Facilities are rustic with mainly family-owned, pousada guesthouses yet this combines beautifully with the colonial gem Paraty.

Ilha Grande Hotels

Sagu Mini resort$$$$

A traditional, colonial beach house with a high terracotta tiled roof and sweeping wooden verandahs, the Sagu Mini Resort is a charming pousada and boutique hotel with magnificent views out across the bay. Set away from the main town Abraao, Sagu offers the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. The pousada is just metres away from a tiny (and effectively private) beach while for a more impressive stretch of sand, grab a kayak and paddle off around the bay or hike through the forest t...

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