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Ilhabela on a Weekend
Ilhabela is one of the stops along the “green coast route” (Costa Verde, in Portuguese), a route shared by the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, famous for its mountains covered in the remaining parts of the rainforest, as well as its long beaches and amazing tracks. This island, located just across the city of São Sebastião, is more than just its beaches. Full of nature, great food, incredible sights and gorgeous beaches, the small city of Ilhabela (literally translated as “beautiful island”) has lots of great experiences to offer to its tourists. As a frequent visitor of this island, I do admit that 2 days are not enough to explore all its beauty, but, for those looking for a weekend escape or a quick overview of the island, you can find below good suggestions to get to know a little bit of this incredible place. How to get there Getting there is pretty simple. If your driving along the Green Coast Road, you will find that one of its cities is São Sebastião. The city has signs indicating the ferry that takes you to Ilhabela. If you decide to take your car into the island, it costs around USD 8, but if your crossing by foot, it’s free. If you’re coming from the city of São Paulo, you can take the bus at “Terminal Rodoviario Tiete” (TRT), where busses are leaving every 2 hours. Both busses to São Sebastião and Ilhabela cost around USD 20 and end up by the ferry, and from there, you can simply cross by foot. Once you’re on the other side, you can either get a cab or a bus. Getting around Using the public transportation inside the island is very simple. Busses go South (Borrifos) or North (Armação) and all beaches are along this route. you can hop on any of these busses and hop out once you get to the beach you’d like to visit. It’s also very easy and safe to ride a bike. And you can rent it on some shops like Maremar Beaches you can visit around town Now that you know how to go to places, it’s crucial to tell you which places to go. Bellow, I’m describing a few interesting beaches to go. These are my favorites, but of course, any place you go will be pretty interesting, safe and with great things to do. One of the busiest beaches of the island is called Curral beach. There are some beach clubs along it, and some nice restaurants to have beers and some snacks. A cool beach for sports lovers is the Perequê beach. people can enjoy paddling, as well as playing beach volley, kayak and sailing. One cool thing about this beach is that it’s pretty close to the city so, during summer, you can easily stumble into concerts and parties promoted by the city. Viana is one of those tiny beaches with a great (but a little expensive) restaurant. Perfect to enjoy the sunsets and quite close to the center, where bars, stores and restaurants are. Finally, if you’re into sports, you can visit Armação, a beach up north, where the wind blows strongly. You’ll find nice bars by the beach, as well as kitesurfers, windsurfers and schools to teach you some of these water sports. If you are adventurous… As I said before, there’s more than just beaches along Ilhabela’s coast. Its tracks and waterfalls are also a must go to if you’re into nature and adventures. Particularly, option number for a day trip is to go to Bonete beach. It’s is a rather long trip, that takes you to one of the most beautiful beaches of the island.Joana Cervetto
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