Brazil’s “honey island” lies just off the coast of Paranagua in the southern state of Parana, a beautiful island of long deserted beaches, cliff-top walks and Atlantic rainforest. Originally put on the map by surfers and hippies, the island has transformed itself into wonderful beach destination with simple low-rise “pousada” accommodation that would suit honeymooners and families alike. There are no cars, just a network of sandy tracks that lead to a range of beaches which offer everything from pounding surf and rocky coves to sheltered bays ideal for snorkelling. And yet the Ilha do Mel doesn’t stop there. Walk a little further and you can discover an 18th century Portuguese fort that tumbles from the cliff-top onto the sand or a 19th century lighthouse which offers dramatic views along the coast.