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Ilha Grande Travel Guide

Overview

Ilha Grande is a pristine island located just off Brazil’s Costa Verde a couple of hours drive outside of Rio. Accessed from the mainland by a short ferry ride, the island which is covered in virgin Atlantic forest is also a protected nature reserve. The island has a colourful history, once inhabited by pirates, then a leper colony and later a high security prison. Vila do Abraão is the main town yet it is still fairly sedate with dirt roads and a pretty pink church. No cars are allowed on the island which has helped to retain the low key atmosphere and protect the environment.

With picture perfect tropical beaches and lush Atlantic rainforest, chilled out Ilha Grande is a rustic but beautiful island retreat

Best months to visit Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande can be visited at any time of year as it enjoys a hot climate year round. The hottest and most popular time of year is between November and February which is high season. September and October and March until May are also great times to go for less crowds and good weather. The winter months of June until August are slightly cooler.

Our hand-picked hotels in Ilha Grande

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a couple of our top choices in Ilha Grande.

Best reasons to visit Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande has an intriguing history and a raw natural beauty. Below are our best reasons to visit this island paradise.

Go snorkeling at one of the many good spots

Take a boat trip to discover secluded beaches

Go cycling and kayaking around the island

Hike one of the many nature trails

Relax on one of the many beaches

Weather Averages for Ilha Grande

Other destinations in Brazil

Travel to Ouro Preto and explore the state of Minas Gerais, or head to the Sao Paulo coast. Click the links below to find out more about other destinations in Brazil.

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