Santos is a very interesting place that I got to go 2 when I went to Brasil. Not too far from Sao Paulo and recommended if you can't make it 2 Rio (which I couldn't).
Pros: Shopping areas close by, white sand beaches, fairly pretty area.
Cons: Port so lots of large ships coming in constantly, somewhat polluted.
89 Kilometres from Sao Paulo.
How to arrive there from Sao Paulo: Jabaquara Terminal Station. Time travel: 1 hour and 20 minutes. More information: 11 50113421.
The island of Guarujá is the most recognized tourist park in the south-east littoral.
The Guarujá Littoral is one of the most antique health resorts of Sao Paulo; because of its proximity, it attracts a lot of national and international tourists.
This city is fully oriented to tourism and counts with tens of clean and free beaches extended all along urbanized roads.
Some of these beaches, such as Playa Blanca (White Beach), Iporanga and Sao Pedro are placed inside a private village, which makes its access restricted.
Guarujá has an excellent tourist infrastructure: bars, restaurants, supermarkets and commercial centres.
The most important beaches:
Pitangueiras: It is located in the centre of the island. It covers 1800 meters of a scenery enclosed by buildings and large commercial centres, some of them, surround The Beira-mar Avenue.
This beach is ideal for surfing. In the middle of the beach, there is a rocky islet.
Enseada: The beach of Enseada is situated to the north of the island. It covers 11 kilometres bordered by a residential neighbourhood. Its sand is clear and soft. Its main characteristic is the presence of coconut trees and kiosks all over the beach. It is perfect for water sports like windsurf, jet ski y surfing. At the left side of the beach, there is a marina which counts with showers, sanitary and a life-saving post. It is also called "Isla de las Convenciones" (Conventions Island).
Costa de las Tortugas: (Turtle´s Coast) In this beach , there are tours on kayak, ski and motor launch, as well as boats and the possibility of swimming under the water. If someone prefers walking on the ground, the wide strip of sand is ideal for comfortable hikes.
The beaches of Do Eden and Sorocotuba-: Are placed in a closed village.
The beach of Pernambuco: Located in front of Dos Arboredos Island, is constantly visited because of water sports.
The beach of Iporanga: Is situated on a bay close to the native glade, inside a private village.
The beaches of Branca, Preta and Do Camburi: Are vacant and surrounded by vegetation. They are recommendable for surfing.
The beaches of Astúrias and Do Tombo: Are placed to the south. They are ideal for surfing too.
Do Tombo: The beach of Do Tombo is located in front of The Moela Island, a site where there is a lighthouse constructed in 1836. This beach is very well known because of its huge waves, ideal for surfing, and its restful locations for sunbathing.
There are several life-saving posts, however, precaution is necessary because of its strong running.
If you´re keen on nice beaches the north of São Paulo is a must. Mogi das Cruzes is near (like an hour) to the best beaches. I´m sure you´ll find a bus station in Mogi das Cruzes. I suggest you to ask to some taxi driver where you can find a bus that leave you to Maresias (this is the name of the beach). In Maresias you will find a wonderfull beach! You have hotels for all size of pocket! The night in Maresias is worth the cost! There is a night club called Sirena that is great although it´s expensive. Bear in mind you can find all kind of people so don´t drink a lot! Can be dangerous!
The beach is full of young people and the nature around is really beautifull! I suggest you to leave your wallet locked in your room and carry some money with you. Whatever you do, don´t forget to try the Rochinha ice-cream! They are cheap and delicious! If you are into pizza "A Firma" is the place to be! However if you prefer fresh fish "Os Navegantes" worth a visit!
Hope you have nice time!
There aren't beaches in the city of São Paulo.
The nearest beach is around one-hour far from the capital city, on the south coast.
My favorite is the north coast, which is around 2-3 hours from the city of São Paulo. The best beaches can be found in the cities of São Sebastião or Ubatuba (my fave).
The coast of the state of São Paulo is very beautiful! You will be amazed with the view from the road. The beaches in São Sebastião are breathtaking! Just choose the most appropriate beach for you (surfing, swimming, fishing, etc) and come!
Another picture of Ilhabela. Made of coarse sands mixed with colored shells this beach is only 15 meters long. It has curious points such as the 'Pedra do Gato' (Cat's Stone) that enters the sea an can be climbed easily from the beach or from a stone formed like a pyramid in the middle of the beach.
Ilhabela - A wonderful island, about 200 km far from São Paulo. It is really worth seeing. The picture shows downtown of Ilhabela, known as The Village, old buildings stand out such as the jail, the church, and the town hall.
Caraguatatuba - 180 km far from São Paulo. A seaside charming city with wonderful beaches. The one in the picture is called ' Martim de Sá beach'. It is mostly frequented by yougsters. A point of flirting, rubbernecking and with the best bars open all night long in Caraguá.
Besides the night life, the museum of modern art, avenida Paulista, Parque do Ibirapuera, Shopping Centers and the beaches (about 1 hr travel by car from Sampa City)
Words cannot express what the breeze of a beautiful summer night feels like. The view, as you can see is breathtaking.