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Praia do Curral in Ilhabela

Praia do Curral is a nice beach on the south side of Ilhabela lined with little restaurants.  As you can see the view is incredible with the mountains in the background and I can tell you that the water is crystal clear and warm (such a nice treat!).  This is the perfect beach for a […]

Best Italian restaurants in Ilhabela

For a romantic evening overlooking Pria Perequê you must try Famiglia Manzoli  run by chef Vittorio Manzoli and his wife Eliane.  You can sit outside amongst the flowers and sea view or if it is really hot out, opt to sit inside which looks like a traditional Italian restaurant.  Start with the antipasto bar which is lined with a variety of cheeses, […]

Natural water park in Ilhabela:Toca waterfalls (video + pics!)

While in Picinguaba I played in the natural waterfall park of Prumirim, a week later I discovered my second natural waterfall park in Ilhabela, awesome 2 weeks!  Located on the way to Castelhanos Beach, there is a private property with several waterfalls named Cachoeira da Toca.  There is no way to get lost: there are several signs pointing the way, and everyone in […]

Boating around the North side of Ilhabela

Since many of the beaches in Ilhabela are only accessible by boat I highly recommend doing one of the boat tours.  There are all different types of boats to choose from so you can go with whatever you are most comfortable with and separate tours for the north and south sides of the island.  I […]

Where to stay in Ilhabela

There are lots of beautiful hotels in Ilhabela, however things book up pretty fast leading up to and during high season (summer) so try to plan ahead! We stayed at the Abayomi hotel (above), which is about a 3k walk to the Vila and has a nice beach area directly across the street from the main hotel with […]

Ilhabela Overview

Ilhabela (Beautiful Island) the largest island in Brazil is located 4 miles off the coast of São Paulo state which is (205km/ 127mi) from Sao Paulo city and 340km/210mi from Rio. There are a number of smaller islands that make up all of Ilhabela. How to get to Ilhabela: First off, the traffic is horrible so […]

White water rafting in Catucaba

If you are in Catucaba or looking for a little adventure that is not too far from Sao Paulo then try white water rafting! We went through CIA de Rafting, a company that organizes white water rafting trips in 3 areas of Brazil as well as other outdoor adventure activities. We explored the river in Parque Estadual […]

Gastronomic and Eco-friendly experience at Fazenda Catuçaba (awesome weekend trip!)

After an awesome 4 days in Picinguaba, we hit the road back up through the mountains to the sister property Fazenda Catuçaba. The drive is nice, you’ll see lots of lush greenery as you drive through the mountains in hill county with cows and horses dotting the hills.  The property is located 30 minutes from the historical […]

Boat trip in Ubatuba

Ubatuba has 19 beautiful islands and over 100 beaches so one of the best ways to see them is obviously by boat.  If you can arrange a boat trip while you are there it is well worth it! Our first stop was Ilha das Couves which offers some of the best snorkeling.  It is divided […]

Natural water park and beautiful beach: Prumirim

There are tons of beaches in Ubatuba, but I have to say Prumirim was my favorite because it has everything you could want for your afternoon: beautiful yellow sand beach which is aprox 1000m long, large stones you can climb around on, good points for surfing, nice restaurant kiosks, ability to take a boat over […]