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Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈiʎɐ ˈɡɾɐ̃dʒi] "Big Island") is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. The island, which is part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis, remains largely undeveloped. For almost a century it was closed by the Brazilian government to free movement or settlement because it first housed a leper colony and then a top-security prison. Cândido Mendes high-security prison housed some of the most dangerous prisoners within the Brazilian penal system. It was closed in 1994. The largest village on the island is called Vila do Abraão with approximately 1900 inhabitants.

The island, which is 193 km2 (75 sq mi) in the area, is now a popular tourist destination that is noted for its scenic beauty, unspoiled tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation, and rugged landscape.... Read more

Ilha Grande, Brazil

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Ilha Grande (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈiʎɐ ˈɡɾɐ̃dʒi] "Big Island") is an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. The island, which is part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis, remains largely undeveloped. For almost a century it was closed by the Brazilian government to free movement or settlement because it first housed a leper colony and then a top-security prison. Cândido Mendes high-security prison housed some of the most dangerous prisoners within the Brazilian penal system. It was closed in 1994. The largest village on the island is called Vila do Abraão with approximately 1900 inhabitants.

The island, which is 193 km2 (75 sq mi) in the area, is now a popular tourist destination that is noted for its scenic beauty, unspoiled tropical beaches, luxuriant vegetation, and rugged landscape. The highest point is the 1,031 m (3,383 ft) Pico da Pedra D'Água. Most of its territory is within the Ilha Grande State Park. The remainder of the island is subject to stringent development restrictions.

 


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Ilha Grande, Brazil: Port Information


Ilha Grande is a tender port.
Upon arrival, you will enter a small and cheerful city, Vila do Abraao. Here you will find several restaurants and beachside bars.

Get around Ilha Grande, Brazil


There are no roads and no private cars on the island. A good option is to use Vila do Abraão as a base and plan day trips from there. There are several hiking trails to the many beaches on the island. Some trails can be strenuous in the tropical weather, so be prepared and take plenty of fluid. Remember that night falls early and dawn is short near the equator, so carry a flashlight if you plan to return after 6 PM. Many beaches can be reached by boat and several agencies in Vila do Abraão sell packages for the numerous schooners serving the island. It is easy to find one-way trips and pickups back to Vila do Abraão on many beaches in the evening.

What to see in Ilha Grande, Brazil


There are beautiful beaches, some considered to be among the nicest of Brazil.

  • Art Gallery inside of Vivenda das Bromelias Inns
  • Aqueduct
  • Candido Mendez Jail Ruins en Dois Rios - It´s not preserved or restored but come here and remember that the most dangerous criminals in Brazil were kept here
  • In Parnaioca Beach (not easy to reach) there are other reminders of the slave period. The dark past of the island: jail prisoners, slaves, pirates and lepers in the Lazareto Hospital. Many people affirm that they have seen phantoms in Parnaoica or Caxadaco beaches.
  • São Sebastião Church, in Vila do Abraão.

Beaches

  • Adventurer Beach (Praia do Aventureiro)
  • Bananal Cove (Enseada do Bananal). A nice quiet location.
  • Feiticeira Beach (Praia da Feiticeira)

What to do in Ilha Grande, Brazil


  • Beaches - Lopes Mendes beach in Ilha Grande was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful in the world by Vogue Magazine 3 years ago. The water is shallow a long way out, making for good surfing conditions. The usual boat route takes you from the main settlement to another beach on the opposite side of the island. From here, there are 20 minutes of a relatively steep footpath to Lopes Mendes to get you nice and ready for a dip. Beware of strong currents a bit out.
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Diving at Sitio Forte
  • Hiking in the rainforest at Papagaio Peak - A 2-3 hour hike to the peak. Marked, despite some warnings you may hear, and with a beautiful view at the top. Bring lots of water.
  • Trails (Trilhas) There are thirteen well-marked trails. It is possible to walk around the whole island.

What to eat and drink in Ilha Grande, Brazil


Eat

  • Pastel de frango at Crena Beach

There are about 30 restaurants on the island. Some are expensive but there are many cheaper options like hamburgers. 

The seafood is generally very good and could perhaps be regarded as a specialty. Many restaurants offer casseroles with several types of seafood, served as a dish for two. Although in the higher price range for Ilha Grande, they are delicious and good value for money. The best place to go for traditional Brazilian is Frutos do Mar located on Rue da Praia. Try their Brazilian fish stew, that alone is worth the journey to Ilha Grande.

Drink

There is no clubbing scene or electronic dance - at night it's drinking beer in the main square and dancing with live local music like bossa nova, forró, and samba. One recent and popular bar is the Cafe Do Mar, which is on the eastern side of Villa do Abraao. Right next to the beach, they serve cold beer, mean caipirinhas and cool music, in a very chilled out atmosphere. They also have well-attended BBQ nights, which offer delicious fresh fish etc. and serve narghile (also known as sheesha). Kebab is their sister bar in the town itself, offering Greek style kebabs with great juices, drinks and cocktails and the same funky atmosphere. Here there is also a little wok bar where you can see them make noodles for you. Restaurante Esquinas Bar is a good place to sit by the beach. You grab a beer, meet some people, buy some artcrafts and hear the locals play Brazilian music. If it rains, don't worry, it'll pass.

Shopping in Ilha Grande, Brazil


There are a few souvenir shops in Vila do Abraão selling t-shirts, magnets and other stuff. In fact, there is nothing typical or special to buy in Ilha Grande.

Safety in Ilha Grande, Brazil


The island is considered safe. However, you should always use your common sense like in any other place.

The emergency number is 190.

Language spoken in Ilha Grande, Brazil


The official language of Brazil is Portuguese spoken by the entire population.
English is not widely spoken except in some touristy areas.

LOCAL TIME

4:32 am
November 21, 2019
America/Sao_Paulo

CURRENT WEATHER

20.76 °C / 69.368 °F
moderate rain
Fri

22.77 °C/73 °F
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Sat

22.98 °C/73 °F
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Sun

20.87 °C/70 °F
moderate rain
Mon

20 °C/68 °F
scattered clouds

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