Ilhabela is one of the only municipalities-marine archipelagos in Brazil and is located on the northern coast of the state of São Paulo, in the micro-region of Caraguatatuba.

The largest island on the Brazilian coast has 130 km of coastline, with golden sand beaches and azure blue waters, some with landscapes practically untouched by humanity because 83% of its territory, covered by Atlantic forest and with more than 300 waterfalls, is within the environmental reserve of the State Park of Beautiful island.

The island is known as the National Sailing Capital because of the São Sebastião Channel, which has great winds for the sport. In July, the biggest sailing event in Latin America, the National Sailing Week, takes place in the archipelago.

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Beautiful island it is a popular destination in the summer months but it can be a perfect getaway for that free weekend. Here we separate a script to enjoy Ilhabela to the fullest in a few days.

Weekend itinerary in Ilhabela


Starting with the most popular tour on the island, the Land and Sea tour. It starts at Praia do Perequê, near the center, where visitors are divided into two groups, the first leaves by jeep along a 22km dirt road towards one of the most beautiful beaches in Ilhabela, Praia dos Castelhanos, while the second goes around the north coast of the island by boat heading to the same destination. On the way there are breaks for free diving at the beaches of Fome and Saco do Eustáquio. On the way back, the groups change means of transport.

Weekend itinerary in Ilhabela

Castelhanos Beach. Photo: Luis Daniel Molinari

Pereque Beach. Photo: Agência Facto

For those looking for a refuge from modernity, the right bet is Praia do Bonete. Home to a small fishing village that depends on solar energy and without internet access, Praia do Bonete is a paradise straight out of the letters of Pero Vaz de Caminha. With the Nema River flowing on one side and a sea perfect for surfers with waves up to 3 meters high on the other. This paradise even makes it worth the 15 km of walking to get there. To access the beach, you have to face a trail that starts at Ponta do Sepituba and passes through transparent waterfalls, such as Laje and Três Tombos, right in the middle of the Atlantic Forest. The walk is strenuous, takes 3 to 6 hours. You can also get there by sea, several tourist agencies offer boat trips that take around 40 minutes.

Weekend itinerary in Ilhabela

Bonete Beach. Photo: Manoel Moraes Jr.

Weekend itinerary in Ilhabela

Three Tombos Waterfall. Photo: Nicole Briones

Finally explore one of the most mysterious features of Beautiful island. The island's coast is dotted with shipwrecks that can be explored by scuba diving. Visibility is great because of the clear sea, which makes tourists feel like they are in a natural aquarium. Ilha das Cabras, considered one of the best places to practice diving in the country, is rich in marine life and offers great support for divers, both experienced and beginners. It is 100 meters from the coast, facing Praia das Pedras Miúdas, where there are diving schools that also rent equipment for various water sports.

Beautiful island it also provides nightlife programs. In Vila, as the center of the island is known, there is a wide range of restaurants, bars, pizzerias and shops that can satisfy all your gastronomic desires. Another nightlife destination is the Perequê neighborhood, close to the beach, which is also full of great restaurants.

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