Ubatuba Surf capital

Since the late 1970’s The Litoral Norte in Ubatuba has been one of the main escapist holiday places for the work-addicted Paulista. It’s one of the finest stretches of beach that I have found in Brazil. The coastline stunning – on first view if you drive any part from Rio to Santos on the BR101 you will be amazed, I promise.
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Awesome beachMountains climb up from the coastline, twinkling waterfalls cascade down the mountains as the coastline curves its way along. Some parts have been over-developed, so can be avoided, but there are some areas protected by National Parks that are untouched by nature and by the passage of time.
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And mountains too...Ilha Bela and Sao Sebastiao are the highlights of the area south of Ubatuba, but the real delights await you further north from Ubatuba in the area between Ubatuba and Paraty. Here you can still find traditional fishing villages, long stretches of uninhabited beaches and the remnants of the Indian population who originally lived in the area. The name Ubatuba means ‘the place of many canoes’.
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Sunset in Ubatuba...On arrival you can explore the town of Ubatuba – its rise to tourism has been a slow one compared to the more beautiful Paraty, but it has in the past ffew years made some vast improvements and has its own laid-back style. Highlights include trips to the island of Anchieta, one of the larger islands off this coast. You can also hire boats to one of the many other islands scattered around. Eating and drinking here can be a challenge, highlights are the bakery, Padaria Integrale, where the owner Joao has built up a beautiful business making breads and cakes, there is a small garden you can sit in and a variety of salads, teas and coffees to chose from.
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On the same street further down towards the ocean are; Brasserie Bardolino and Pizzeria Sao Paulo both of which serve good quality food. On the beach front further along past the airport is the area of Itagua where there are some pretty little boutique tourist shops and more restaurants to chose from. Get your ice-cream from here, there’s tons to chose from and you can take a stroll along the beach front whilst dribbling down your front.
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For places to stay it’s best to try out of town, starting from Itamambuca where the gorgeous Pousada Tudos as Luas serves delicious food and great hospitality. Houses can also be rented here – sometimes a better option than the hotels. Watch out for the very un-eco Itamambuca Eco Resort, a loose description of Eco if ever there was one.
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Every beach has its own vibe, Praia do Feliz, Praia da Puruba, Praia Justa, Praia da Almada are all very beautiful, each different in their own way. A stop you need to make is at Chao Batido, a café at the side of the road (the BR101) in Puruba – it’s an absolute delight of a place. Eccentric couple Sidnei and Nessa have made their own special coffee and cachaca café, filled it with individual pieces of art, furniture and decoration pieces. It has no electricity, but you will still find them there until late into the night, the place magically lit with candle-light and lanterns. They are a wealth of knowledge on the local area and extremely welcoming to one and all.
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Other highlights are Praia de Picinguaba, a traditional little spot with fishing boats in the harbour and a well-frequented beach. It’s got some stunning pousadas here; Pousada Picinguaba and Santa Marta das Pedras are the best in the village. Treks and trips to the Ilha das Couves can be arranged with the local fishermen. Also try to make it along to Punta Negra and Bico de Mamamgua towards Paraty – guided tours arranged from Paraty, or just find yourself a local and ask them to take you along.
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- Website: http://www.ubatuba.com.br/
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  • #45

    A great tip is to know Praia Grande (which is a large and clean beach near dowtown). Hotel Coquille is near the atlantic forest and is only 250m from the beach. Take a look: www.hotelcoquille.com.br

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