The Costa Verde, meaning Green Coast, is a 280km stretch of beautiful sandy beaches and inland Atlantic forest between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The many bays and coves with their crystal clear water offer opportunities for a range of watersports, including snorkelling and diving. This stretch of coast includes the attractive and historic town of Paraty. Ilha Grande is one the many islands lying along this coast and is a protected area, covered in lush green forest, coastal vegetation and mangrove swamps and has several sandy beaches. It is largely undeveloped and has no cars, so the pace of life is pleasantly slow and relaxed.
The Costa Verde can be visited at any time of year. There are slight fluctuations in temperature, humidity and rainfall, outlined below, which may sway your choice. The summer months, November to February, are hot (up to 30C) and humid. These are also the wettest months, though showers tend to be short and heavy rather than prolonged. Temperatures are little milder (maximum 25C) and the weather less humid from March to May, while June to August, the winter months, are also the driest months. Temperatures start to climb back up in September and October.
Asalem is an exclusive property with just four rooms enjoying a peaceful location on beautiful Ilha Grande.
A delightful guest house with characterful rooms and a lovely courtyard situated in the heart of Paraty's historic centre.
Simple village houses along the Joatinga Reserve trekking trail on the Costa Verde
Quirky 6 room pousada in Paraty's historic centre.
Lovely 26 room pousada located in the heart of Paraty's historic centre.
Perfectly placed for exploring Paraty and the Costa Verde, this hotel has comfy rooms, a pool, spa, restaurant and library.
Overlooking the sea this wonderfully peaceful pousada is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the views of beautiful Ilha Grande
Lovely 9-room hotel located on Brazil's stunning forested coastline between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Time: GMT -3 hours
Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.