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Ilha do Algodoal Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 81 photos

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Small fishing village of Algodoal on Ilha de Maiandeau, 180 km northeast of Belem, attracts younger Belemenses and a few foreign travelers. This beautiful spot, with its duneswept beaches and sometimes turbulent sea, is very remote.

Island is called Algodoal due to the abundance of a native plant called algodao de sede (cotton silk) still found in the region. Sand dunes when viewed from a distance resemble hills of cotton. Island's name Maiandeau comes from a Tupi (an Indian native language) which means "Mother of Earth".

Algodoal is also the name of the biggest of all four villages in the island. It's the main village with best accommodations and infrastructure for visitors. The others are Fortalezinha, Camboinha and Mocooca.

The paradisiacal white sand beaches of Algodoal are surrounded by dunes with a characteristic reef vegetation which offers abundant fruits, specially caju (cashew) and ajiru (typical fruit of northern Brazil). The most famous is certainly Praia da Princesa (Princess Beach) and Caixa D'agua (Watertank) is the closest to Algodoal village. There are also other very beautiful beaches in the island.

The island is characterised by tranquility and its marvelous scenary. Simple and receptive people live mostly from fishing, agriculture and lately from tourism. Electric energy was only introduced in the island in January 2005 and water supply is made through artesian wells which provides excellent quality water. No cars are allowed in the island, the only means of transportation are boat, bicycle, buggy and horse.

  • Last visit to Ilha do Algodoal: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 16, 2007
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    What a paradise! Seafood, long beaches and no cars sounds to be a wonderful place. Jardim do Eden looks like a great place to stay at.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Since it is raining here & I can't visit my own beach thought I'd pop in to see some here! Loved the look at local life here too!

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    I definetly need to take a trip down this way...I like primative beaches and simple towns like these.

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2008 at 3:12 AM

    Hi..looks like a wonderful serene place...great pics..great info..great pages..take care DennyP

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2008 at 6:50 AM

    great tips!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Another beautiful Brazilian "Ilha" with no cars and friendly natives! Mata Broca sounds like a great place to celebrate Christmas Eve. I suppose Marcelo had a good reason for building his house on stilts?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Please stop torturing me with pages on places like Ilha do Algodoal!! Wow, it looks like you stumbled into a small paradise there - even the boardwalk out sounded like fun! Excellent tips and photos as always. I love your OTBP destinations!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    Another beautiful place to chill out. Excellent photos... the ajiru fruit does look very inviting.

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2007 at 5:11 AM

    Indeed a paradise, even never heard about Ilha do Algodoal... Whenever going that way I will keep in mind the Jardim do Eden, wow! And the Ajiru fruit is worth a try, thanks for friendship, greets RoyJava from The Hague, Holland

  • 2-day's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2007 at 6:35 AM

    wow! ilha beleza! this is a place i want to include in my next brasil trip. is it hard to get there? bjs Martin

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