PONTA DO LESTE
In Ponta Do Leste ( east point ),you can find the remains of the old train trail what connected once Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo,and old cannons used to protect the city ages ago.
The East Point is one of the important touristical points in Angra,if you come for a long trip,reserve a whole day for it!
Close to this point,it's also situated the PETROBRAS (the brazilian oil company) pier,and imagine,when an *accident* happens,this is the first place to be damaged ( and the accidents happen a lot!!).
Bring as little as possible...
T-shirts, shorts, fleece for the evenings... Good shoes for walking (sandals) Don't bring you XYZ mega-expensive brand new camera etc. -instead, bring some ordinary technology that you will not miss, if it is lost or stolen...
..are an obvious thing in one's trip to Angra,but I recomend to take the ones that go to Cataguases,Botina,Piedade,Lagoa Azul,Freguesia and Japariz islands.
Usually they leave the bay around 10:30 and return around 17:00 - some have lunch included,most only a bar and they stop somewhere where you go to the shore and eat.
If you know someone who has his own boat,ask this wonderful friend to take you to Jurubaiba and Dentista beaches,in Gipoia island,to Paqueta and Itanhanga islands,both in Ribeira bay,and Saco do Ceu,in Ilha Grande(usually there are no boat trips to these points...).
::Angra dos Reis::
"Not to visit it while in Rio should be a sin!!!"
Angra dos Reis in my opinion is one of the places you must visit if you are coming to the souhteast region of Brazil. For those who love trekking, diving, secluded beaches, then Angra is an obligation. Located in the state of Rio de Janeiro (aprox 2 hours from the city of Rio on bus), not far from Paraty, this bay contains 365 islands of all kinds of sizes and types you could imagine.
It´s a long "beach catalogue"...you can choose the one that suits best for you....small, with calm, clean waters, cocconut trees? Wide, with native vegetation? In open sea? Easy to get to? Absolutaly difficult to be accessed and totally empty? They have it all.. By this number of options to visit, it´s very difficult to believe there won´t be an island you´ll fall in love with.
"The beaty of Angra lies in the islands"
You can come on boat from Rio or from the city of Angra, located in the coastline and accessible from the beatiful road called Rio-Santos (BR 101), 400 km from the city of São Paulo and 150 km from the city of Rio...
Before taking the boat from the city in Angra, i´m absolutely sure everyone feels deceived...that´s exactly what I felt, when I stept for the first time on the city of Angra dos Reis and arrived at the port...the old, damaged city, the messy port with dark waters leave no room for good expectations...To go to Angra and not leave the coast line is a huge mistake because in fact what´s beautiful about it are the secluded beaches, islands, diving spots the BAY has....not the city....
It takes only some minutes, as the city desappears on the distance to enter into a completely different world, of untouched and wild beauty....
There are very beautiful beaches on the coastline, mainly on the way to Paraty, accessible from BR 101, but the city itself is not the best place to settle if you are planning to enjoy the beach.
Well, since there are 365 islands, it would probably take a whole year to visit all of them...
Those are the most visited islands in the bay....
4.Ilha da Gipoia....
here are some interesting links:
Angra in the Winter (June/July)...
I am staying in Porto Real Resort (condominium 25 km N of Angra). I have family living here, so I get to experience a taste of the luxury life that the rich cariocas live in the weekends. Apart from this, it is a great place to be - people in Angra are very friendly, although the spoken portuguese may sometimes be a little hard to understand. Also there are very few people here that actually speaks/understands english.
Angra and its surroundings is rapidly moving into a very modern/luxurious places due to the many investments made here.