Coconuts for Goal Posts
Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
41Trip End Nov 13, 2007
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We arrived on the island to the tiny town of Morro de Sao Paula after a rather rough ferry crossing and had to fight our way through a scrum of touts and men with wheel barrows claiming to be taxis and offering us rooms to stay in Possadas (guesthouses). We managed to escape them and headed through the sand streets (no cars, bikes etc on the island, just wheelbarrows and donkeys!) to chose our own possada.
We were delighted to find the beaches were amazing and the possadas all seemed lovely. We chose a possada on a quieter beach and for 60 reals (about 15 quid) we got a room with a sea veiw (just about) and a hammock on the balcony. It also had a fridge which we promptly filled with beer! We later discovered this had to be turned off at night as it sounded like a Boeing 747! The mosy net was also less than effective as we awoke with a mosy stuck inside our net with a full belly! It was immediately destroyed but our bites are still itching!
Morro de Sao Paula had 4 different beaches, simply named Beach 1, Beach 2, etc etc. All the beaches had different atmospheres, with beach 2 being the ´party´beach and beach 4 the most remote.
We spent a fabulous few sand and sun filled days on the various beaches, watching the kids playing football using coconuts for goal posts, sampling the local restaraunts and wandering around the town. At night the beach was lined by ´cocktail´stalls where you simply chose your spirit and fresh fruits and your cocktail was made for you! Fantastic time!
We then heard of another island called Boipeba just a short boat trip away where it was much quieter and less developed. We couldn´t belieive it could get better than this but decided to give it a try. Most people seemed to visit Boipeba as a day trip but we decided to stay for a couple of nights.....