The Island Experience
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
TripAdvisor Reviews The Island Experience Ilha Grande
Travel Blogs from Ilha Grande
Was the usual hassle with a late bus – put luggage on at the back, for which there is no designated area, by which time everyone else has jumped the queue, including locals just going for short hops. Had to all jump over piles of luggage with much of it on laps initially, but at least there a camaraderie going with everyone chatting and helping out each other – just as well ...
... closer with a banana but it wasn't happening. They weren't making their loud noises but they were eating and playing around, and from what I've heard it is an insanely loud noise. I guess it is a good thing.
Our next stop was a place called praia preto or black beach. On our walk there, we heard something rustling in the bushes on the ground. Probably one of the last things I ...
... the beach. We really enjoyed the day although we were a little
disappointed that we were back at our home beach at 4 pm making it a bit
shorter than a full day. We then checked out the few shops in the village and
Dale bought a colourful sarong. We joined 2 others for dinner at the restaurant
adjoining the hotel and shared this massive seafood platter which cost $80
between the 4 of us plus they gave us a free Caparina drink each as well.
... but basically we wanted to jump right into the ocean once we arrived at the actual Lopes Mendez beach as we were pouring with sweat! It was all worth it. We could hear the roaring waves before we could see the beach and once we cleared the jungle trek (practise for the amazon!) all we could see was pure white sand and clear blue water. Paradise found. So for the next couple hours we sun bathed and relaxed and the whole gang reunited ...
... and afternoon snoozes.
And a few observations so far:
- Doing anything in the Brazilian sunshine is knackering.
- You need good shoes to travel.
- Portuguese is a really hard language.
- Not many people in Rio and Ilha Grande speak English.
- Mosquitoes and insects are everywhere.
Traveller tip of the day: Caipirinha is a great hangover ...