Courtesy Liza Nugent

Imagine a boater’s paradise of small islands with deserted beaches and hidden coves sort of like the coast of Maine or the San Juan Islands, but then transport it to the tropics and swap the pines for palm trees and the cold Atlantic or Pacific waters for warm turquoise ones and you get an idea of the paradise of Angra. The coastline of Angra dos Reis is made up of more than 2,000 beaches and 365 islands, an archipelago of pristine waters with towering mountains of lush emerald green jungle.

Cheat Sheet

  • Stay…at one of the private houses that come with a staff and a boat and captain
  • Eat…lunch on a tiny island just off of Paraty at Kontiki
  • Drink…in at one of the swim-up bars located on rafts
  • Shop…for stylish fashion and accessories at the Richard’s outlet in Paraty
  • Swim…in the incredibly clear turquoise waters and dive for enormous starfish
  • Visit… the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paraty
  • Pack… bathing suits, flip-flops and comfortable clothes. No one dresses up here. The best restaurants can be reached by swimming in from a boat, and the fanciest parties are thrown at private homes with the hosts often not even wearing shoes.
  • Don’t Forget… to pack bug spray and sunscreen; the mosquitoes and the sun can be fierce
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries

Lay of the Land

The best way to discover Angra’s archipelago is by renting a touring boat, or a Saveiro at the Santa Luzia port in Angra. Hiring a few locals to help out on the boat is inexpensive and well worth the money. A couple of people to make caipirinhas and a Brazilian churrasco (barbeque) on the grill onboard will make all the difference. Make sure to inspect the boat before confirming, as some tend to be very old and run-down. During your trip ask the captain to stop by the Botinas Islands where the water is crystal clear and snorkeling is a must. Many of the best houses come with boats and boat drivers who will take you around. One of the most charming places to visit (an hour by boat or car from Angra) is the Portugese colonial town of Paraty (pronounced Para-chee). Along its cobblestoned streets, you will find historic houses with tiled and painted facades and a collection of lovely churches. There are no great hotels in the area but there are fabulous houses to rent. Indagare members can contact our Bookings Team to find out about the best rentals available.

Getting There

Drive two and a half hours south of Rio and you will find Angra dos Reis, or King’s Cove. Thirty-minute helicopter rides are also available. During the journey to Angra pay attention, there are some outlooks along the way that shouldn’t be missed.

When to Go

While the weather is warm all year, the best time to visit is the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, between December and February is ideal.

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