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Travel Blogs from Ilha Grande
... first proper beach day. An enjoyable 40 minute journey later we reached a secluded tiny beach with almost no people visible from the ocean... No waves either (was this what everyone was raving about!?) A little bit worries we got off the boat and walked the long pier to see a sign saying 'Lopes Mendez 1km, 30 min --->' so we weren't actually at the right beach just yet. It was us plus Claire and no one had warned us about the 'little' ...
... to leave the next day so we only got a chance to see a fraction of the hidden jewels this amazing paradise had to offer. We decided there and then we would definitely go back to see the rest of the island at some point in the future, including the popular Lopes Mendes beach, which was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Vogue magazine.
We topped off the evening by going to the Kebab Lounge restaurant in the evening where they prepare and barbecue your order ...
... scale ecotourism is encouraged, and the island, which is roadless and off-limits to cars, features over 150 km of hiking trails connecting the main village, Vila do Abraão, to the many beaches, mountain peaks, waterfalls, and pristine forests. We stayed at Pusada Naturalia, one of the most beautiful pusadas in the island and from there ventured out to different beaches and places around the island, either by boat, or by ...
... big rocks that you can almost slide off into the pools and see right to the bottom. Adam did go into the waterfall and the expression on his face as the cool water hits him is priceless. We did a boat trip while we were there and got to snorkel in Lagoa Azul which is a lagoon protected from the sea currents by another island. Yellow and black striped fish along with some silver and black fish were nibbling away at our toes. Possibly if they had less boats booming ...
... decided to head out into the village to find some nightlife. Each of the hostels in the village takes it in turns to host a party each night. It’s a bit of an unofficial thing mind so we had to hunt for where the party was at. Third time lucky, we found the party which was really fun! Watching the local girls twirk and samba dance was a highlight but they were outdone by the 3 dogs who were dancing with us! Dudes. The next day, a little worse for wear, Chris and I set off ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet