- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Hiking / Trekking
- Water Sports
- Off the beaten track
Rio cannot be missed on any travels in Brazil, then go down to Angra dos Reis by bus (but don't stay there, whatever you do) and cross by boat to Ilha Grande. Adventurers and nature lovers, this is the experience you've been looking for.
A magnificent remote island with no electricity and the most famous (and beautiful) beach on Ilha Grande - Lopes Mendes. It often rains on Ilha Grande, particularly in December (every time I went there, I went in December), but don't be put off by the rain. Lopes Mendes is worth the trip, whether it's raining or not. The water is still warm and turquoise, and it's fun jumping over the little breakers. The rain gives the beach a melancholy look. When the sun shines, you'll never want to leave it.
No bar, no restaurants, no inn, no deck chair: the main attraction of Lopes Mendes is that it is completely natural and protected.
The beach's reputation makes it one of the places that is most visited by tourists coming to the island. By venturing out to the tip, where the mountain literally juts into the ocean, I was able to find a bit more peace and quiet and appreciate the landscape and the completely clear water.
During the rainy season, don't hesitate to brave the showers. With the tourists gone, Lopes Mendes looks even more heavenly.
It was with a pang that I left this little corner of paradise at the end of the day.