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Beaches, forests, fauna and history

It´s intriguing how this place, so close to the luxurious, agitated Angra dos Reis, so near the petrol platforms, could stay untouched from the croud and the noise....all that makes this island really special, misterious...
The main reason for the "seclusion" of this island was the presidium, that inhibited tourism for many years...till it was definately closed.
When I went there I wasn´t expecting much...I had heard some good stories about the place, but they didn´t convince me...when you arrive in the city of Angra and take the boat to Ilha Grande, going through the dirty harbour, to mansions and platforms, you don´t feel excited at all. But it takes only an hour and a half to reach another world....a small village, hidden between the mountains, with cristal clear waters.....incredible... =)
It´s also very interesting to learn that while many brazilians know so little about this place, it´s constantly full of foreign tourists, from all parts of the globe........

Ilha Grande (=Big Island) is the biggest in Angra dos Reis, located very near the city of Angra, aprox. 1h30min on boat. You can also go to Ilha Grande from Rio and it takes the same time...
The island is huuuuge, consists of many hills and mountains and in every little corner there´s an empty beach..small, large, white sand, yellow sand, blue, green waters, with or without ruins, there´s definately a beach for your taste....many of them have access only on foot or on sailing boat, since the border facing the open ocean has restricted access because of the strong tide....
If you like trekking, being close to nature, diving, that place is the perfect one for you.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great beaches, good spot for diving or just for a swim....
  • Cons:Don´t forget your insect repelent!! =(
  • In a nutshell:A must see if you are coming to Rio
  • Last visit to Ilha Grande: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 5, 2007
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  • kikili's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Beautiful pic of Praia Brava, makes me want to go back to Brazil just for this. Interesting quote from Krishnamurti. I read his work too.Cheers from Oz

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    great photos and tips!

  • chancay's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2005 at 7:17 AM

    ola Ligia! really beautiful impressions here and interesting write up! wonderful beaches!! would like to be there now (instead of sitting in the office) ;-)

  • Jul 18, 2005 at 12:11 PM

    HI Perfecly _zen, Always wanted to go to Rio, but have Asia on my mind first, then perhaps Rio after seeing your picture of this amazing place! Wonderful pictures!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2005 at 3:20 PM

    This looks a lot different than Patagonia. The water looks a lot nicer and maybe you can leave your coat at home! ;-]

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2005 at 4:07 PM

    Wow! Perfect beaches ! I'd love to go there one day!

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