Ilhabela Travel Guide

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Ilhabela Things to Do

  • Baia dos Castelhanos & Cachoeira do Gato

    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...

  • Bahia dos Castelhanos

    Although I didn't go to this beach, on the Atlantic shore of the island, I've heard that it's a must go. You can rent a boogie or go by boat. I wouldn't recommend walking, since it's a rather long, very long hike. It's the best surf spot on the island.

  • Cachoeiras

    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.


Ilhabela Hotels

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  • Porto Pacuiba Hotel

    Av. Leonardo Reale, 2392, Praia do Viana, Ilhabela, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo, 11630-000, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Real Villa Bella Hotel

    Av. Forca Expedicionaria Brasileira, 234 - Ilhabela, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • DPNY Beach Hotel

    Av Jose Pacheco do Nascimento, Praia do Curral, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo, 7668, Brazil

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Ilhabela Restaurants

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    by Andre_C10002 Written Apr 23, 2007

    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.

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Ilhabela Nightlife

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    by IIGUANA Written Nov 11, 2003

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    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.

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Ilhabela Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of borrachudos!!!

    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.

  • Mosquitoes??

    The ship warned of humongous mosquitoes and handed us little bags of repellent. But none were encountered.

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Ilhabela Tourist Traps

  • Topless beaches

    Topless sunbathing is a crime in Brasil. Although there might be topless beaches somewhere (I didn't find any, damn!), being topless at a beach can get you a ticket. So avoid it. You can wear really small bikinis and g-strings (as all brazilian girls do), but no topless.

  • Public Drinking

    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!!!

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ilhabela Off The Beaten Path

  • Another tree at Ilhabela

    Ok ok laugh if you must but some like to picture suunsets,some beaches,some churches,some statues,streets,houses....But I like taking the pictures of trees,you will see many in my other pages,hope you like them too..

  • Praia de Castelhanos

    Don't miss, dont miss don't miss...this awesome beach. And don't forget to camp or rent a room for 1 or 2 days. Only way to reach this place is by boat (or trekking through the Atlantic Forest, but don't try unless you have experience)

  • Hike Through 7 Waterfalls

    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...


Ilhabela Favorites

  • The sea and the mountain air

    Each time I come here can not resist a while by the sea sitting on a hotel balcony high up on the mountains enjoying my breakfast while watching the scenery

  • Just Walking Around

    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...

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