Ilha Grande Travel Blog› entry 86 of 107 › view all entries
KERRY - Ilha Grande is an Island between Rio and Sao Paulo which you have to catch a boat to, either from Angra dos Reis ( as we did) or Mangaratiba. The island is a protected area and there are no cars allowed on it, so the only way to get around it is to walk on the many trails that make up the island or to get taxi boats to the many beaches and bays around the island. The island is made up of mainly woodland areas as well a beaches that surround the coast line.
It is a place for pure relaxation and is beautiful. We only spent 2 and a half days here but could easily have spent a week here, if they had had ATM´s on the Island! You need to make sure you take all your cash with you before you board the boat!
When we arrived on Satuday afternoon we explored the main town, which is hardly any size at all.
We went to a lovely beach on Sunday call Abraozihna which was about a 30 mins walk away through the woodland but was a great little beach with calm waters to swim in. The beach was really empty compared to our experience in Rio which was really nice and a lot more relaxing. That evening we went to mass in the small local church - an interesting experience with lots of singing and clapping, not what we are used to in Catholic masses! We ate in a restaurant on the square that evening and watched the world go by. The festival was still on and a bingo game began which took ages! WE also bumped into a girl called Anne from Holland who we had met in Ecuador as well as in Bolivia, which was really nice and good to catch up.
On Monday we took a boat to another beach about an hour away called Lopez Mendes. Once we left the boat it was a 15 min walk through the undergrowth of the trees to the beach. It was really hot and i was beginning to wonder if it had been a good idea, but when we got to the beach i was blown away. It was stunning. White sand and crashing waves - really beautiful. It was also a pretty long beach and there were a fair few people there, but we were all so spread out that it was fine and all had enough space to relax and unwind!
That evening we had some really nice seafood and fish in a restaurant but the beach.
The atmosphere on the Island is just so laid back and easy going, if you are looking to get away from it all i would thouroughly recommend it! I didn´t want to leave this morning, but the inland of Brazil is calling us!