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Angra Dos Reis, Brazil

There’s much more to Brazil than the beach at Ipanema, beautiful and exciting though it may be. Travelers hunting for the ultimate paradise need look no farther than Brazil’s famous Costa Verde (Green Coast) region. At the heart of the Green Coast is the colonial port city of Angra dos Reis (meaning Bay of Kings or Kings’ Cove).

Located south of Rio de Janeiro City in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Angra’s vast bay features 365 lush, tropical islands—one for every day of the year—with more than 2,000 spectacular beaches. Though some islands are private playgrounds for the wealthy, supermodels and media companies, many remain much as they were when discovered by early Portuguese explorers over 500 years ago. Each island offers superb snorkeling, diving and hiking, and the region is a perfect venue for water sports, fishing and cruising.

Ilha Grande
The largest and best known is Ilha Grande (Big Island), which was originally inhabited by the Tamoio and Tupinamba indigenous tribes. The Portuguese navigator Gaspar de Lemos landed Ilha Grande in 1502 on Kings’ Day (Dia de Reis). Its virtually untouched Atlantic rainforest attracts many visitors. Covering over half of Ilha Grande’s territory is the Ilha Grande National Park, and UNESCO designated it part of the Biosphere Reserve of the Atlantic Rainforest in 1992. Many endangered species, including the howler monkey, call this park home, and it is a popular destination for ecotourists.

Ilha da Gipoia
Gipoia, the second largest island, is another jewel of the Green Coast. It’s peaceful bays and beautiful beaches like Piedade and Jurubaiba make it a popular destination for sailors, sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts.

Ilha dos Porcos (Pig Island)
Porcos is the third largest island. Although it is privately owned, Porcos lies within wildlife conservation zone to protect its flora and fauna. Locals often call it Pitanguy Island, a reference to a prominent doctor who has lived there.

Ilha de Itanhanga
This lovely island features twin peaks approximately 100 meters high covered by tropical rainforest that reaches down to the sea. Itanhanga is renown for its exciting nightlife and celebrity guests.

Ilhas Botinas
These charming twin islands (sometimes referred to as the sisters) can be seen from Angra’s city center, and they appear on many picture postcards. Its crystal clear waters allow you to see the white, sandy bottom 10 meters down below.

Ilha de Cataguases
Among the most beautiful islands of Angra dos Reis, Cataguases is ringed by white sand beaches and emerald green waters. It’s a picture-perfect tropical backdrop for swimming and relaxing in the sun.

Whether you prefer lazing on the beach, enjoying water sports, visiting the ecological treasures in the national parks or clubbing at exclusive local nightspots, there’s something for everyone on Brazil’s Green Coast.

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty is a National Historic Patrimony, a city that preserves its countless natural wonders and architectural heritage. The city was founded in 1667 around the First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies. In the past, Paraty enjoyed great economic importance due to its sugar mills and plantations. In the 18th century, Paraty stood out as an important port through which gold and precious stones flowed from Minas Gerais to Portugal by ship.

Today, Paraty is well known for its charming old city with artisans, restaurants, music, culture and, of course, outstanding natural beauty. The locally produced cachaças (an alcoholic beverage made from distilled sugarcane) is a special ingredient of the famous and juicy caipirinha cocktail.

The area has much to offer ecotourists with abundant flora and fauna in the Serra da Bocaina National Park, the Cairuçu Environmental Protection Area—where the village of Trindade is located—and the Joatinga Ecological Reserve. It also borders on the Serra do Mar State Park. In other words, the Atlantic tropical forest is all around.

The sheltered bay of Paraty has 65 islands and approximately 50 beaches, some of which are accessible by car, but many of them are accessible only by boat. These islands are in a natural, almost wild state, but they also preserve much of the central “caiçara” culture—communities living by the sea that continue a time-honored way of life based on artisanal fishing, subsistence agriculture and extractive industry. This culture is a result of mixing traditions from Portuguese settlers with indigenous customs. The crafts (canoes and toys) are one of the richest aspects of the caiçara culture, which also includes cooking, music, dancing and holding festivals.

Paraty’s rugged geography offers beautiful waterfalls, which can be accessed from the beach along scenic trails. Saco de Mamanguá is a deep, fjord-like inlet from the sea, which stretches 8 km (5 mi) long and 2 km (1 mi) wide, with 33 beaches and 8 caiçara communities. It connects the Joatinga Ecological Reserve with the Cairuçu Environmental Protection Area. At the bottom of Mamanguá is a gorgeous and very well preserved mangrove forest.

Praia do Pouso is one of the most remote beaches of Paraty, located in a beautiful and quiet bay accessible by boat. From there, you can hike a trail to the beautiful Praia Grande Waterfall, where you can refresh yourself in its waters.