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    Ilha Anchieta

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 12, 2003

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    The presidio (jail)

    Ilha Anchieta is off the shore from Ubatuba. It's rather far, so you'll probably have to go on a tour. There are cheap tours that you get, but always remember to bargain.
    As what you'll find on this island, there are 3 amazing things:

    1. The tartaruga project: a project for wild turtles in danger of extintion. You'll be able to see huge turtles, and touch them.

    2. The old jail: an old jail back from the 19th century. This island was really a jail for black slaves who didn't behave (wish we had a jail like this)

    3. Praia do Presidio: A small beach, with really warm water. In fact, I think I've never been in warmer waters other than on this beach. Quite an experience.

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    GET TO KNOW YOUR BEACHES 01

    by schurlif Written Feb 8, 2011

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    LAZARO - A " bairro" of Ubatuba and my "home beach", this is where I have my little beach house. There are actually various beaches here which I'll introduce each as a separate tip.... (smiles).

    Lazaro Beach is about 15 km west of the city center, one half ( the eastern ) busy with little bars, banana boats ( only in the high season , Dec - Feb ), kayaking, 14-days-tatooe-stalls, kiosks, vendors etc, the other ( western ) half usually very quiet, no buzz.....
    I usually stay exactly in the middle, because that's where I find my parking space and where I know the people of the bar.

    I have been here inumerous times, either family trip with my kids or as a short private retreat with the right nice company....

    This beach is usually very quiet, no big waves, perfect for small kids and has two absolutely beautiful beaches as neighbors, Sununga and Domingo Dias ( walking distance ,see extra tips ). Praia Dura ( beach ) is about 2 km away ( only reachable via the highway ).

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    GET TO KNOW YOUR BEACHES 02

    by schurlif Updated Feb 9, 2011

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    even on quiet days the ocean pulls you in....
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    SUNUNGA BEACH

    adjacent to the eastern end of Lazaro Beach ( a 150 meter walk ), this is a beautiful place, alas, with heavy, sometimes even dangerous surf due to facing the open sea. There are three bars, soft white sand and the "famous 'grota que chora' ", a little cave where the water filtered through the rocks above drips and leaves for the sometimes melancholic soul of the Brazilians the impression that the cave is crying, weeping.....

    Have an "Açai na Tigela" with granola and banana or strawberries at one of the bars. A delight from the Amazon, mashed up and frozen, a real kick starter and energyzer.....

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    GET TO KNOW YOUR BEACHES 03

    by schurlif Written Feb 9, 2011

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    DOMINGO DIAS BEACH

    adjacent to the western end of Lazaro Beach ( 100 m walk through a stony corridor ), this beach is almost always quiet due to the fact that it's right in front of the gated community "Pedra Verde" (access NOT limited or prohibited). The beach is totally surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, hills and the Atlantic Forest, being on the "back side" of a peninsula which protects the beach from heavy surf. Thus the impression that you're not on the ocean but on a lake.....The water here is mostly warm, you can climb the rocks and jump into the water from there. No bar at this beach, just an occasional vendor...

    I have read somewhere, long time ago, that Domingo Dias is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Brazil. I can't and don't want to judge this, I really don't like superlatives but you can trust me when I tell you that this beach is VERY beauitiful, indeed.....

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    GET TO KNOW YOUR BEACHES 04

    by schurlif Updated Feb 9, 2011

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    stick pics 1, 2 and 3 together and...
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    PRAIA DURA

    situated about 2km west of Lazaro Beach ( reachable only from the highway ), this almost always deserted beach is an about 1.5 km long stretch of sand and "nothing else". On the eastern end of the beach is the mouth of a river, descending from the nearby mountains. The river water is dark and cold, the ocean water is light and warm and you can see how these two bodies of water don't mix for at least some 60 m or so..... I love to swim around in the very shallow waters near the river and feel the cold and warm waters at the same time. During low tide you can easily cross the mouth and stay at the rocks for fun and pictures.
    Try to take something to eat and to drink with you if you plan to stay for more than 2 hours, as there is hardly any vendor here... Take a jog down and back on this beach ( there's really no "up" or "down", it's flat all the way...). At about, say, 250 m from the river mouth the beach is all yours.....

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    GET TO KNOW YOUR BEACHES 05

    by schurlif Updated Feb 9, 2011

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    My gf Danielle, her sis & cousin having fun
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    ITAGUA BEACH

    just slightly off west of Ubatuba's center, this beach is not recommendable for staying on it for any longer time, as the beach itself is really NOTHING special.....

    What' s special here is the historical significance of the place ( After Hans Staden's ordeals Jesuit priest Anchieta declared indian pacification on this beach and started the Tamoyo nation's conversion to Catholicism at around 1555). Today Praia Itagua is the main beach drive of Ubatuba, with dozens of restaurants (including Ubatuba's only MacDonald's ), shops, a little shopping mall, B&B's and, for MY delight, pretty simple kiosks with superbly tasty oysters....

    You'll also find the Ubatuba Aquarium here, which of course doesn't compare anywhere to a Sea World or so but it's a cute and interesting place to visit, They even have two or three penguins there with their own air conditioned ambiente.....

    Here are two pics, one shows Danielle (my girlfriend), her sister Ana and her cousin Mereille fooling around at Itagua Beach, the other one showing Ana, Mireille, the Oyster Man and me at this chic oyster eatery....

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    IPEROIG

    by schurlif Written Feb 9, 2011

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    Not exactly known for its "lavish beach", this is the action center of Ubatuba, where it's all happening..... restaurant after restaurant, ice cream parlors, hot dog stands, shops, the handicraft market ( all year round ) and during high season the Amusement Park and shows of Brazilian musical celebrities make this sea side strip hum and buzz....

    It's a place to discover on your own ( Saturday nights in January are "hell", weekdays in June are empty... but then the action is all yours... ), it's Ubatuba alive at its best.

    Two pics, one the dare devilish loop swing ( Danielle, Ana, Mereille in there, me NOT for all treasures of the world....) and Danielle and I pigging out on some icy dessert at Bariloche Ice Cream parlor.....

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    Swim at Ubatubamirim

    by solopes Updated Oct 23, 2012

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    Ubatubamirim - Brazil
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    No, we didn't go as far as Ubatuba, but we arrived, by accident, to this wide and empty beach, where the only company was... a VW.

    And, despite being winter, all men took a delicious bath in a soft surf.

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    The Amazing Açaí

    by DrLeoLocke Written Sep 3, 2006

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    Don´t forget when visiting Ubatuba to go to Itamabuca beach. This beach is located at north shore, with big waves and cool people. Surf is the major activity there, but also the great Lourdes´s Açaí

    If you don´t know, Açaí is a tropical fruit that contains a lot of energy and carbohidrates, great after a sunny day or physical activities. It is served in icecream form, and at Lourdes Itambuca´s Açaí you can enjoy one of the most tastefulls Açaís that i enjoyed...Don´t forget

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    UNESCO JEWEL PARATY

    by schurlif Updated Feb 14, 2011
    famous little baroque church
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    Paraty, some 70 or so km east of Ubatuba in the state of Rio de Janeiro is a whole tourist destination to its own but for me, owner of a beach house in Ubatuba it is "just" a day's excursion worth.... even though, of course, Paraty has an array of chic pousadas, boutiques, restaurants, sights and beaches. An ideal place for the tourist coming from Rio de Janeiro who wants to stay for a few days or for the road tripper who wants to do the whole BR 101 ( Rio - Santos ) in depth....

    I've been many times to Paraty, especially taking people visiting me from Europe and the USA, explaining that this used to be an important port in the 17th and 18th century for the shipping of the precious stones mined in Minas Gerais State hundreds of km away and transported slowly by mules on some secret trails through the dense Atlantic Forest. The descent from the high plateau to the coast was especially arduous and dangerous and until late in the 20th century when the BR 101 interstate highway was finally completed, Paraty, just like Ubatuba for instance, was very hard and difficult to reach...

    The BR 101 has brought prosperity, business, tourism and gave raise to the growth of these coastal cities.

    Paraty is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inner city, the historical part, is meticulously preserved as it was in the 18th century, with cobble stone streets, the typical Paraty house façades and the overall feel of bygone times. Chic boutiques, restaurants and historical pousadas are pretty expensive.... Paraty prides itself of being the location of the film "Gabriela", made here in the early 80' by Bruno Barreto ( story from a book by Jorge Amado) with Sonia Braga ( all BIG names in Brazil ) and Marcello Mastroiani.

    Lately I've been twice to Paraty ( Nov 2010 ands Jan 2011 ) with my girlfriend Danielle. Here are some pictures of our visit.

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    the famous little Ubatuba AQUARIUM

    by schurlif Updated Feb 14, 2011
    eels taste delicious, careful high voltage
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    Even though you're right at the beach here don't forget, you're in Brazil and finding such a little gem to visit is almost a "miracle" because Brazil is not really good at building worthy and easily accessible tourist attractions.... This here is "just" an aquarium, nothing comparable to bigger ones in big cities outside of Brazil but it has some special touch and charm to it that, I have to admit, I can't even explain.... Maybe it's its location at the beginning ( end? ) of Itagua Beach near the center of Ubatuba with all its busy humming at night in close vicinity to many restaurants and shops, maybe it's the likeable layout and the humble unpretentiousness of the place with its somewhat old fashioned simplicity ( albeit the unavoidable tourist kitsch shops in front near the ticket booth ) but I just liked this aquarium every time I visited it, even though my tolerance in revisiting known places is limited....

    So, it's a fine and nice place to visit before you go for dinner in one of the many nearby restaurants. Maybe looking at eels, sea horses, shark pharynges and penguins will make you have an even better appetite ...

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    Praia do Cedrinho

    by tongibus Written Mar 18, 2009
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    Praia do Cedro (also known as Praia do Cedrinho - diminutive of Cedro) is a quiet nearly deserted little beach. Easy reachable, about 20 minutes' walking in the rain forest from Praia do Tenorio (25 minutes from Praia Grande).

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    Praia do Presidio

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 12, 2003

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    Praia do Presidio, Ilha Anchieta

    In Ilha Anchieta. A very warm water beach. In fact, the warmest I've ever been to! So if you like deserted beaches, this is a must. Take a tour to Ilha Anchieta, and the beach will be right there.

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