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Angra dos Reis: 5-Stop Ilha Grande Speedboat Tour

1. Angra dos Reis: 5-Stop Ilha Grande Speedboat Tour

Take a shared speedboat tour to discover some of the beaches on Angra's biggest island, the beautiful and famous Ilha Grande. Make several stops for swimming and enjoy the rainforest scenery and blue waters. Make your way to the departure point at Estação Santa Luzia, in the center of Angra dos Reis. Then, hop into the speedboat at 11:30 AM and set off on your approximately 5-hour tour. Along the way, make 5 different stops of around 20 minutes. First, head to the natural aquarium of Lagoa Azul, and be surrounded by multicolored fish in the blue waters. From there, move on the white sand and beautiful water of Grumixama, a perfect spot for pictures. Next, make a longer stop for lunch (not included) at a restaurant on Japariz beach. After lunch, go to Freguesia de Santana, a beach that houses Angra dos Reis's first church. Enjoy a short walk or swim, if you like, and admire the reflection of the rainforest in the water. Finally, visit Catagueses, 2 small islands of white sand that were the scene of some TV commercials in the 1980s.

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From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

2. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Aventureiro Beach Full-Day Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Abraão, and depart for a full day in nature. During the day, make four stops at different beaches, each around one hour. The first beach visited is Aventureiro, boasting about 1,640 feet of fine silver sand, a shallow and consistent bottom, clear water, and rough waves. On the left side, where there is a small pier for mooring, there is also the most famous coconut tree on Ilha Grande, the iconic "coconut tree lying,” and a small natural pool. Head next to the beautiful Praia da Parnaioca, one of the most isolated beaches in all of Ilha Grande. Facing the Atlantic with its yellowish and coarse sand, the sea is rough, deep, and offers little shade in its 3,380 feet. At the west end, the charming river Parnaioca flows, forming a small lagoon on the beach. In Parnaioca’s heyday, the river was much more voluminous to the point where it was often impossible to cross.  Meros is a small, isolated beach with rough waters which often lead to the formation of sand dunes. It is possible to see traces of ancient civilizations that inhabited the island around 3,000 years ago in geological vestiges known as amolares. The sand is so white it appears as if a huge mirror; the water that flanks it produces a unique spectacle, a mixing of green and blue with pristine white. Maguariquessaba Beach is of great extension and beauty. With a generous strip of soft sand, it hosts preserved Atlantic Forest, consisting of coconut and almond trees which guarantee nice shade. Its clear, greenish, warm waters make snorkeling a mandatory activity for those looking to be enchanted by the seabed and its inhabitants, which include starfish, corals, and turtles. It is one of the most developed beaches of Enseada do Sítio Forte, lined with inns and restaurants frequented by visitors to Ilha Grande.

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From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking

3. From Abraão, Ilha Grande: Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking

Discover Ilha Grande, Lopes Mendes, recognized by several tourism magazines as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Delight in a day on a vast expanse of sand in a wild and exotic setting with the sun, natural shade, blue sea, and lush vegetation, a perfect combination for a day in a paradise. After meeting your group at the meeting point in Abraão on Ilha Grande, depart for a full day in nature. Board a typical schooner that will take you to the lovely Pouso Beach, from where you'll start a short 5-minute walk to the famous, paradisiacal Lopes Mendes Beach. Once at the beach on the south-facing ocean coast, relax and enjoy the landscape on the sand that stretches for nearly 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). Swim in the blue waters or, if you're feeling more adventurous, hit the good waves to have some fun surfing.

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Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Day Trip with Sightseeing Cruise

4. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Day Trip with Sightseeing Cruise

Ilha Grande with its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water is the most famous island of the 365 surrounding the Bay of Angra dos Reis. Between the mountains and the beaches, the area is perfect for cruising around, snorkeling and hiking. Start the journey on high-quality transportation towards the Costa Verde region, located two hours away from Rio. Once in Angra dos Reis, head straight to the port to board the schooner. Set sail, sit back, and enjoy the views.

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