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  • The picturesque Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil
  • Isolated Bays in Ilha Grande, Brazil
  • The main town Abraao, Ilha Grande
  • Picturesque island bays, Ilha Grande, Brazil


Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is picture-postcard Brazil, a glorious tropical island just south of Rio draped in lush Atlantic Rainforest and palm-fringed golden beaches. Once a notorious penal colony, capital Abraao is now a sleepy fishing village set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pico do Papagaio Mountain and popular hang-out for backpackers and locals alike. From Abraao, you can hike through the forest to isolated bays such as Lopes Mendes, arguably Brazil’s most beautiful beach; take schooner trips around the island; surf the impressive breaks or snorkel around amongst schools of tropical fish. Facilities are rustic with mainly family-owned, pousada guesthouses yet this combines beautifully with the colonial gem Paraty.

Ilha Grande Hotels

$$$$ Sagu Mini Resort Ilha Grande

Character Boutique

Clinging to a rocky headland at the foot of a steep hill amidst lush Atlantic Rainforest, the Sagu Mini Resort is a charming pousada and boutique hotel with magnificent views out across the bay. From...

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