Sailing to Beaches
Paraty Travel Blog› entry 6 of 9 › view all entries
Come to the coast in Brazil for some beaches and sun, which we´ve had in the bucket loads. A mere 6 hour bus trip from Sao Paulo to the small colonial town of Paraty. Got our first view of the sea from atop a mountain pass and it was stunning - green rainforest mountains running down to the blue sea. Started to look forward to the beach! Didn´t have the address of the pousada where we were staying so had to find that out and get a taxi out there. The pousada was virtually on the beach about 2km north of town great view but a bit of a trek back into town. Spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach as the clouds moved in. In the evening walked into the old colonial town where the majority of bars and restaurants are. Was quite muggy and had to negotiate a hill to get there so was a bit sweaty when we arrived. Someone may of had too many caipirinhas... We bumped into some of the tour group we have been following from Iguazu and ended up chatting to the chap from Coventry and Aussie friends. In the middle of the main square was a bandstand with live music, but only one probably very drunk chap dancing along around his plastic carrier bag.
Woke up the next morning a wee bit groggy as the caipirinhas wore off, going on a boat trip around the Paraty bay and islands to swim and find beaches. The schooner we were on was one of the more popular ones and had a live music accompaniment, some punters were already at the bar before it left at 11am. The sun was out in force and it was probably about 35C. Sailed around the bay stopping at beaches and islands where you could jump into the sea and swim/float about or go onto dry land. It was a lounging type of day with a nice lunch! Out and about for 6 hours and some areas of skin were burnt - backs of arms and bikini lines!
Being out in the sun all day were pretty tired so spent the night in the local beach bar La Luna, which was laid back. Sipping beers in ´keep cold´coats and some more good food.
The pousada we stayed in was half the owners home (he was from Norwich and she was Brazilian) and their 4 year old son kept on running around the place. Was a good place to stay but felt as if were intruding into their home - a little.
Next stop Ilha Grande.
Iain & Becca