The top of the hill (see other tips) in Sao Vicente provides great views of Santos and surrounding areas, but it doesn't provide very good views of Sao Vicente itself because the hill to too tall and the city too close to the base.
However, another viewpoint has been built that does overlook the city. It exists on a small point that sticks out into the ocean.
I am providing this photo of the viewpoint so that you may provide this when asking for directions on how to get there. Getting there is a little hard to explain because it is at the end of a long, twisting road. It does have a name, but unfortunately it isn't featured even in the Brazilian guide books, and I failed to write down the name when I visited.
If you didn't bring your own equipment, or if you have not hang glided before, for approximately R$70 it is possible to rent a guide and a two person glider. They take off from the summit of the hill and land on the beach near the bottom station of the Teleferico that climbs the hill.
The top of the hill in Sao Vicente is a popular place for people to hang glide / paraglide. A wind sock and maintained take-off area is provided.
Wind currents are such that after a glider takes off, it is frequently possible for them to make a loop and wind up passing over the top of the summit where they took off.
Would the whole world become an outlet for chinese made goods? How many cellular phone holders, cd holders and other plastic material from that far away country? in each and every one of the third world countries whether here in sao vicente or the market in cotonou in benin, the same goods are being sold to an eager but poor public.
and who makes the profit and does the vendor has the satisfaction of being employed?
Try to meet Domingo and learn from him rudiments of brasilian history. a good book to read is Gilberto Freyre whose book Masters and Slaves is a masterpiece of brasilian historic anthropology.
The photo shows a depiction of the first european house in Brasil.
Pedro Alvaro Cabral was the first portuguese to come to Brasil in 1500, in 1502 Bacharel Cosme Fernandes Pessoa, a novo cristao, meaning a jewish convert to christianity arrived here. He married the daughter of the chief Picarobi. He established a trading pact with french pirates who wanted Brazil wood in exchange for material for construction of his house cum fort., especially the whale oil which the french dutifully obliged in return for the brazil wood from which they could extract the natural paint