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Ilha Grande in Rio de Janerio State

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Literally "Big Island", Ilha Grand is located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state and belongs to the municipality of Angra dos Reis. It is famous for its scenic beauty, which includes tropical beaches, lush vegetation and a rugged landscape. The highest point is Pico da Pedra D´Água, at 1031 metres.

Ilha Grande preserves some of the original Atlantic rainforest, one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It holds some of the largest remaining populations of many endangered animal species, such as the red-ruffed fruit crow, the brown howler monkey, the manned sloth the red-browed Amazon parrot, and the broad-snouted caiman.

The sea around the island is also protected and features a unique convergence of tropical, subtropical, and temperate-zone marine life. There are corals and tropical fish along with Southern right whales and Magellan penguins. Yes, there are penguins in Brazil!

Ilha Grande is a protected area, with most of its territory included in Ilha Grande State Park. There is small-scale ecotourism and the island has over 150 km of hiking trails connecting some coastal villages and hamlets where lodging is available to the many beaches, waterfalls, peaks and forests.

This is a full list of the Ilha Grande´s tourist spots and beaches

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Beaches and toursit spots

  • Saco de Céu: This beach is an ecological sanctuary. The sea is as calm as a lake and at night the stars reflect in the water.
  • Abraão Cove: This beach is a must visit. Abraão Cove is the most beautiful bay of Ilha Grande. It is located between high mountains of great inclination that emerge from the sea. There are several brooks and the coast is very irregular.
  • Las Palmas Cove: To arrive here, you can rent a boat at Vila do Abraão, or you can just walk through the paths named "trilhas". It is a high recommended visit.
  • Lopes Mendes: Lopes Mendes is one of the prettiest beaches in Brazil and the most famous of the Ilha Grande.
  • Green Lagoon: This green and shallow waters lagoon is one of the highlights of the northwest coast of the Ilha Grande.
  • Santo Antonio: This is a highly recommended beach. Although it is small, it is very pleasant. It has similar characteristics as its bigger neighbour, Lopes Mendes
  • Caxadaço: Also a must visit. Hidden in the seaside, its natural beauty is as mysterious as it was its history.
  • Dois Rios: Dois Rios´ white sands, shallow fund and blue waters makes it well worth an afternoon.
  • Parnaioca: Parnaioca is one of the most isolated beaches of Ilha Grande.
  • Praia do Aventureiro: A lovely spot to relax.
  • Praia dos Meros: Dos Meros Beach is a little beach clad into the mountains. It has a lot of palms, transparent water and is usually deserted.
  • Proveta Beach: Proveta´s most distinctive feature is that most of the people living there belong to the evangelical community.
  • Praia do Acaiá: An interesting and unforgettable beach.
  • Vermelha and Itaguaçú Beaches: Most diving expeditions start from Vermelha.
  • Saco do Bananal: Saco do Bananal is a quiet place to rest, surrounded by a lush green forest and calm green waters.
  • Araçatiba Cove: The great transparency of the sea is an irresistible invitation for diving or snorkelling.
  • Sitio Forte Cove: One of the most quiet and pleasant places of the Island, Sitio Forte Cove has several beaches with clear and calm waters.
  • Blue Lagoon: A truly paradisiacal spot, the Blue Lagoon has calm and transparent waters
  • Freguesia de Santana: The former centre of the economic development of Ilha Grande on the last century today is an outstanding tourist point.
  • Japariz and Funil: This beach offer a great view of the the mountain, the forest and the sea.
  • Starfish Cove: This bay has a large population of starfishes.
  • Jorge Grego´s Island: An excellent spot for submarine hunting and diving.
  • Castelhanos Lighthouse: Located on the eastern tip of Ilha grande, this lighthouse is one of the oldest ones in the Brazilian coastline.
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