Oh you have to go there to experience
Bugs called "borrachudos"
Beautiful little island
Heard so much about this place, that I decided to pay 50 reais for a trip (on a old Land Rover) to the other side of the island. A simple warning: if you don't like 4X4 trips, go by boat. It is not an easy trip. After one hour we arrived. An amazing place... a bay of 4 or 5 km of sand, with a small rock island in the middle. In the left side you...more
When you go by bus, you'll see a lot of road signs with waterfalls on it. Of course, you won't find any Niagara Falls on the island, but take a walking trip into the jungle, follow the signs, and you'll find small waterfalls (cachoeiras), where you can bathe and have lots of fun. Being under a cachoeira is a must in Ilhabela.more
Av. Leonardo Reale, 2392, Praia do Viana, Ilhabela, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo, 11630-000, Brazil
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Av Jose Pacheco do Nascimento, Praia do Curral, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo, 7668, Brazil
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Av. Forca Expedicionaria Brasileira, 234 - Ilhabela, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Good for: Couples
If you like pizza and want a romantic place for the night, try A Redonda Forneria. Nice pizza in a great atmosphere. Soft music and dimmed light. Staff is friendly. Don't miss it. They also deliver if you will.
There aren't clubs or anything in Ilhabela. But if you want to party and drink some Brahma beer, the best place to do it is at the Vila. Take the bus to the Vila and just go downtown (it's rather small, so you won't get lost). There are lot's of small pubs, and lots of forro music (if you learn how to dance it, then you're a pro!). It's a nice way to past through the night. But beware: the last bus from any location to the vila is at midnight, then the first bus from the Vila is at 6 am, so you'll have to party a lot, or sleep at the beach waiting for the bus.
Dress Code: No particular dress code. Go as you like.
There are lots of bugs in Brazil. But the ones that are most anoying are on this island. They're called borrachudos. Although I never saw one, I felt their bites on my skin. They bite during dawn or dusk (not during the night, as we thought), so put on a lot of mosquito repellent all day. It's a must. Or you'll become mosquito lunch.more
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Drinking in public places is not a crime in Brazil. You can drink on the street and you won't have problems. So don't get fooled by policemen that are trying to get some money out of you because of this: it is legal to have a beer while you talk to a policeman. What is not it to drink while you drive. Don't get confused!!!more
Ilhabela means "beautiful island" in Portuguese, and I wish we could have stayed longer. We met a local guide who offered to take on a day-long hike through some waterfalls. It was actually a series of 7 waterfalls that flowed steadily down until they reached the ocean. One waterfall is on a smooth rock that becomes a fun slide! Hiking back there...more
You can walk around the whole town in about an hour. Lots of little shops, not unlike any other beach town worldwide. Good selection of T-shirts, art, dive souvenirs, nautical items. No English spoken but you will be able to get by with gesturing. Possibly you will be able to get the merchants to take US Dollars if you have no Brasilian...more