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Ilha Grande & the Costa Verde

Why visit Ilha Grande and the Costa Verde?

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.

  • Chill out on some of the loveliest beaches in Brazil, such as Angra dos Reis (King's Cove)
  • Go walking and hiking in the Atlantic rainforest on the mainland coast, taking in waterfalls and stunning views
  • Board a boat for a different perspective of the coast and to visit quite beaches and bays
  • See howler monkeys, sloths and parrots on a hike in Ilha Grande's forested hinterland
  • Enjoy a day on one of the island's many beaches, sunbathing, snorkelling and surfing
  • Stroll through the pedestrianised cobbled streets of Paraty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, admiring the churches and elegant colonial buildings
  • Hike the Joatinga Trail on the Paraty peninsula, through forest, past villages and stopping at picturesque beaches
  • Go kayaking in Jabaquara mangroves or visit the fjord-like Saco do Mamangua near Paraty
  • Enjoy the catch of the day in a beachside restaurant at Praina, a short hike from Praia Grande in Paraty
  • When to go to Ilha Grande and the Costa Verde

    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.   

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    Time: GMT -3 hours

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    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.


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