Where to stay in Picinguaba

2013-12-23 11.16.57Summer time!! Come December 15th Paulista’s tend to evacuate the city and head to the many beaches that line the coast of Sao Paulo. Though there are tons of beautiful beach towns to visit we chose to pack up the car and drive to Picinguaba (just 20mins past Ubatuba).  The ‘town’ is a very small rustic fishing village with about 4 restaurants/kiosks and part of the beach is lined with fishing boats/nets etc.  FYI this is not  the place for anyone using a wheel chair or if you have trouble walking for any reason.  Pousada Picinguaba is located a steep walk up from the beach so for those of you who like to get a work out in while on vacation, you are all set (trust me!).  2013-12-24 20.06.50The hotel looks like the beautiful house of your dreams with a stunning view of the beaches and islands (see above).  The pool area is very nice with day beds, a bar and a relaxing atmosphere.  Each room has a balcony with hammock and chairs overlooking the stunning view (below), and at night they set up a net around the bed to keep the bugs away.  This is the perfect hotel if you are looking to really relax and disconnect from society for a while as there is only wifi in the lobby, no where else!

View from our room

View from our room

Additionally this might be the most healthy place I have ever stayed in Brazil with all of the foods coming from the garden of their other hotel Catucaba (check back for that post!) all of the food is freshly grown and organic.  Breakfast and dinner are included, and since it is a fishing village you can expect some delicious fresh fish almost every day! 2013-12-23 21.07.39The hotel provides a very personalized experience, with mostly international guests, the staff spoke perfect English, French and Portuguese and they were happy to arrange activities for you. Since it is a very low key spot at night the hotel offered a variety of board games and cards. As for the activities… I highly recommend take a boat tour of the islands, visiting some of the beaches, hiking and discovering the many waterfalls. Keep in mind you are also 30k from Paraty and only a 15min drive to Camburi. We had a wonderful experience but it was very expensive; personally I thought it was a little over priced so keep that in mind when making your decision on where to stay.
Driving Directions from Sao Paulo:
1. From Marginal Tiete take the Ayrton Senna freeway, SP 070 towards Litoral Norte (110 km) to Taubate. Do NOT exit onto Estrada dos Tamoios in the direction of Ubatuba
2. Take exit 129 to the Nova Dutra road in the direction of Taubate (6km)
3. Once on Nova Dutra road go for 6km and take exit 111 for Taubate (turn left in the roundabout) and follow the Rodovia Oswaldo Cruz road, SP 125, for 96km always following signs to Ubatuba.
** Be cautious driving down the mountain ridge in Serra do Mar- very steep, curvy and there are lots of accidents so keep your car in 1st or 2nd gear, avoid doing this at night!
After Serra do Mar continue until you reach the roundabout at Ubatuba where there is a big statue of a fisherman
4. In the roundabout in Ubatuba take a left in the direction of Paraty onto Rios Santos road
5. Follow Rio Santos for 42km until you see a sign for Praia de Picinguaba (km 8), turn RIGHT and follow the small dirt road to the end (you end in Picinguaga village)
Make sure you call the hotel when you hit Ubatuba because after that point there is no mobile service! Plus if they know you are on your way they will come down, help you with your bags and show you how to get to the hotel.
Stick to the speed limit, there are automatic radars along the way + lots of bumps (so careful not to mess up your car)
Avoid traveling at night or with heavy rain, it isn’t safe
Bring lots of sunscreen and bug spray!
Pousada Picinguaba, Rua G, 130, Vila Picinguaba 11680-000 UBATUBA-SP
Email: info@picinguaba.com
Tel: (55) 11 2495 1586, Tel: (55) 12 3836 9105 / 3836 9116 / 3836 9244

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