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Ilha Grande, Brazil

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willb willb
3 reviews
Paradise island Mar 04, 2012
First make sure you have enough cash, as you already heard there is no ATM machines, no banks on the island. There is few stores that have a visa but i'm not sure if they can let you pull any cash. The island has the most beautiful beaches I saw. There is trails that go up and down around the island so you better keep in shape. There is a boat ride to the other side of the island where you can pass over to Lopez mendez, the widest beach with the most waves. There is some surf renting here but check the waves first, it's not always ideal for surfing. There is few hostels around the island; Aquarious is n one with the best view and night party, close to it is he Che lagarto and El misti is on the others side of the little village. I stayed in el misti, 5 room, was nice enough, staff were fun and helpful. There is only one " diso tech " one the island which attract most of the Brazilian crowed. Otherwise there is a pary in one of the hostels.money wise, It's cheaper to buy bear and drinks from supermarkets than in hostels, food in the island is less quality & more expensive than Rio. Having side that, meals range is r$15-30 , drinks around r$5-10 . Diving& boat trips R$140-180 the ferry r$50 ( make sure you have enough cash to leave the island :)
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beach from the top of the trail
little guy looking for his hole
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fredleal fredleal
35 reviews
Jun 28, 2006
Ilha Grande is famous for its beautiful and secluded beaches. But sometimes they are so hidden that you might need to take a boat around the island, or walk some long miles. If you're planning on spend an entire day (or more) on the island, you'll probably do both.So, be ready to walk some nature trails. It's not like it's forest deep or hard climbing, just dirt trails. But you must carry enough water and wear some nice comfortable sneakers. And even though it's not a big or dangerous island, it's safer to always have some company. Otherwise, who's gonna carry your stuff (or yourself) if you get hurt?!When taking one of the many boats that take tourists from one beach to another, or back to the mainland, don't forget to pack a warm coat. It's a tropical beach, alright, but it's still cold and windy out in the ocean - specially when the night is falling. And if you intend to swim in those amazing clear beaches, also pack a change of clothes, so you won't catch a cold on your way back!Most of the island is part of national parks, but there are lots of cheap bed & breakfast, and camping sights. Also, it's a great place to go fishing, dive, and surf.And don't forget to check out the ruins of the old prison, where many politic activists were kept alongside murderers and drug dealers, from the dawn of the "new republic" till the years of military dictatorship. The prison, called Colônia Penal Cândido Lemos, was imploded in 1994, and it's said that this mixture of "bandits" from different backgrounds that generated today's feared Rio de Janeiro favelas' (slums) gangs.
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