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Ubatuba, Brazil

Ubatuba is a municipality in the northern coast of São Paulo state, just in the border with the Rio de Janeiro state. Ubatuba is a true paradisiac area, being predominantly covered by exuberant Atlantic rainforest and containing more than 80 non-contiguous beaches distributed along 100 km of coast. You may find some of them completely deserted, especially on low season.

High vs. low season

Ubatuba is devoted to tourism, but the fact that it is relatively far from both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (despite being almost exactly between them) makes it far more a "vacation/holiday" destination than a "weekend destination".

For that reason, during summer vacation (jan-feb) and holidays, the city and the more central beaches will be packed, and congestion in the Rio-Santos road may frequently occur. However, during the rest of the year, especially during weekdays, the city will be almost empty, and... Read more

Ubatuba, Brazil

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Ubatuba is a municipality in the northern coast of São Paulo state, just in the border with the Rio de Janeiro state. Ubatuba is a true paradisiac area, being predominantly covered by exuberant Atlantic rainforest and containing more than 80 non-contiguous beaches distributed along 100 km of coast. You may find some of them completely deserted, especially on low season.

High vs. low season

Ubatuba is devoted to tourism, but the fact that it is relatively far from both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (despite being almost exactly between them) makes it far more a "vacation/holiday" destination than a "weekend destination".

For that reason, during summer vacation (jan-feb) and holidays, the city and the more central beaches will be packed, and congestion in the Rio-Santos road may frequently occur. However, during the rest of the year, especially during weekdays, the city will be almost empty, and some beaches far from the city center may even be completely deserted.

The low season is thus great if you want tranquility, but in the other hand, the city center will be far less vivid, and it may be very difficult to find something to eat or drink outside it. Many shops, kiosks, and restaurants close during low season.

Climate

Ubatuba is humorously referred by Paulistas as "Ubachuva" (chuva means rain in Portuguese) due to a good chance of raining when they get there. In reality, this reputation is likely due to the city being most visited between December and March (the summer), which coincides with the rainy season. Winter months (between June and August) have little rain, but the average temperature goes below 20°C. However, there is usually plenty of sunshine hours year-round.

Tourist information

  • Ubatuba Tourist Information, ☎ +55 12 3833-9123.

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Ubatuba, Brazil: Port Information


Cruise ships anchor offshore, and passengers are transported ashore (to the center) by the tender boats. The ride takes 7 minutes. 

Get around Ubatuba, Brazil


By car
Ubatuba has about 100 km of coast, so if you plan to know the beaches far from the city center, a car is highly recommended. If you are going to Ubatuba in low season, a car is also a good idea, since you may find out that where you are staying there is no place to go out to eat, sometimes not even a supermarket.

By bus
Public transport is administrated by Verdebus. There are some buses that go to more remote beaches, but they are not very frequent and they may stop not at the beach itself but rather at a nearby village. Be sure to check these things in advance.

By bicycle
Among locals, bicycles are a very popular means of transport. However, the beaches of Ubatuba are not contiguous, requiring a cyclist to ride in the sides of the Rio-Santos road to move between them, which is not particularly safe, despite being done by locals. Also, Ubatuba is quite hilly!
Cycling in the city center of Ubatuba, however, is much easier. The area is flat and there is a fair amount of cycleways.

What to see in Ubatuba, Brazil


  • Prumirim Waterfall (Cachoeira do Prumirim), Rio-Santos (BR101) (19 km north from the city center, near Prumirim bridge). It is actually a sequence of waterfalls, surrounded by exuberant rainforest. Easily accessible by a short trail from the Rio-Santos road; check the signs for "Cachoeira de Prumirim". It is possible to swim, but some care, especially with children, is advised.  
  • Automobile Museum (Museu do Automóvel), Rua Tapajós 65 - Itaguá. Thurs-Sun.  
  • Caiçara Museum (Museu Caiçara). Exhibits items produced by the traditional caiçara communities, coast-dwelling fishing communities.  
  • Projeto Tamar, Praia do Itaguá. The local unit of the country's most important sea turtle conservation project offers the chance to get up close and personal with the sea turtles.  
  • Serra do Mar National Park, Picinguaba Unit, (40 km east of downtown on BR-101). Contiguous with Serra da Bocaina National Park.  
  • Ubatuba Aquarium.  
Beaches
Ubatuba is simply one of the best places in Brazil to practice surf, nautical sports, diving, and birdwatching. With 80 beaches, there are beach options for all kinds of audiences – from the high waves of Itamambuca to the calm waters of Lázaro. Uninhabited beaches such as Brava, Almada, and Cedro draw one’s attention, and the access to them is made through tracks. For those looking for movement, the best option is “Grande” Beach or the schooner rides to Anchieta Island.
  • Almada.  
  • Brava.  
  • Cedro.  
  • Enseada.  
  • Félix, (15 km north of center). Beach with preserved natural surroundings, despite being next to a condominium. It is popular among surfers, although slightly less than Itamambuca.  
  • Grande, (4 km south of center). The most popular beach in town, over 2km long with a wide sandy area and strong waves that are good for surfing. With younger crowds and many kiosks.  
  • Itaguá, (at the city center). Ubatuba's central beach is not suitable for bathing, but it can be a very pleasant place for walking or cycling in the morning, or having a snack or a drink during the evening.  
  • Itamambuca, access via a sidestreet at Km 34 of BR-101 (15km north of downtown). A famous beach that hosts international surfing competitions. Like Félix, it is located at a condominium but has preserved natural surroundings. It is also where the Itamambuca river flows into the sea. The river is not suitable for bathing, but you can make a short boat ride there.  
  • Lázaro, (15 km south of center). Beach with beautiful surroundings, popular among families due to its calm waters.  
  • Maranduba, 55 11 8112 2191. MAranduba access BR101, ( 23 Km of downtown ). Beach is clear and calm.
  • Perequê.  
  • Prumirim, (18 km north of center). Wonderful beach and a view of the Prumirim island, which is popular among divers and can be accessed by a boat ride. The Prumirim river flows here to the sea.  
  • Saco da Ribeira.  
  • Sununga. This beach is "the beach of skimboarders". Here practice skimboarding.
  • Toninhas, (8 km south of center). An urban beach that does not look urban at all, being surrounded by trees instead of roads and buildings. One can walk from there to Praia Grande by a small trail.  
  • Ubatumirim, (28 km north of center). Long, broad and flat beach, perfect for walking, jogging, and other sports. One of the few beaches that are easily accessible by car and not inside a suburb or condominium, instead of containing some camping facilities.  
  • Vermelha do Norte, (7 km north of center). Beautiful beach with thick and red sands, strong waves indicated for surfing and a small waterpark for children.  
  • Vermelha.  

What to do in Ubatuba, Brazil


  • Trekking or hiking at Ubatuba's dozens of forest trails. Reach various deserted beaches, waterfalls and even some indigenous tribes
  • Scuba diving at the islands (Anchieta, Vitória and Prumirim)
  • Surfing at Itamambuca, Félix, Vermelha do Norte and other great surfing points
  • Climb Corcovado - Not the famous statue-crested peak of Rio de Janeiro, Ubatuba's Corcovado Peak can be reached by a trail from Praia Dura, offering a pretty, albeit Jesus-free, view of the area. The trail is poorly-signposted and hard to follow, however, so it is best to arrange for a guide through the tourist information center (see the Understand section above).

What to eat and drink in Ubatuba, Brazil


Eat

Specialties in Ubatuba include locally-harvested mussels and peixe azul marinho, blue marine fish served and pirão de banana verda, a dish made with manioc flour and green bananas.
  • Perequim Restaurante e Pizzaria, Rua Guarani 385, 3832-1354. Pasta and pizza, with more than 60 brands of beer and 100 wines on offer.  
  • Rei do Peixe, Rua Guarani 480 - Itaguá, +12 3832-3272. Specializes in seafood. All dishes are large portions intended for two people.  

Drink

  • Anchieta Café, Av. Tamoios, 64. (12) 3833 4232.  
  • Areia Summer House, Rodovia Rio Santos, km 101 - Praia Vermelha do Norte, (12) 3836 2261.  
  • Friends Lounge and Club. Good spot for a caipirinha. 

Shopping in Ubatuba, Brazil


Many tourist-oriented shops are located at Rua Guarani and the north part of R. Leovegildo Dias de Oliveira, in front of the Itaguá beach. The area becomes quite crowded during evenings on high season and holidays and contains shops, restaurants, bars, and kiosks in the beach front.
The "actual" commercial center of the city is Av. Thomás Galhardo, where you can find more general products and services.

Safety in Ubatuba, Brazil


Ubatuba is generally a safe place. There is no place to be really avoided during the day, at least not a place that a visitor has reason to go.
Nevertheless, you should always use your common sense like in any other part of our planet.

Language spoken in Ubatuba, Brazil


Portuguese is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places. 

LOCAL TIME

7:37 am
June 2, 2020
America/Sao_Paulo

CURRENT WEATHER

20.74 °C / 69.332 °F
light rain
Wed

20.65 °C/69 °F
moderate rain
Thu

21 °C/70 °F
moderate rain
Fri

20.4 °C/69 °F
light rain
Sat

22.59 °C/73 °F
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