“Angra” is a small seaside town (pop. 90,000) located just two hours south of Rio de Janeiro, on Brazil’s Costa Verde (Green Coast). Originally an Indian settlement, “Angra” was also site of a small colony, a prosperous port, pirate hideout and sleepy fishing village before being discovered by ecotourism. “Angra” is surrounded by over a hundred exotic islands, misty waterfalls and forest-covered mountains, which cascade down to the emerald sea. The coastline is dotted with hundreds of small islands, making it a paradise for sun seekers, water sport enthusiasts, honeymooners and nature lovers. Boat tours depart daily to Ilha Grande, the bay’s largest island and a true ecological sanctuary.
Three to five nights
When to go
Although Angra is a year ‘round destination, it is wise to avoid the winter time (June-August) since temperatures may drop into the fifties and rainfalls are possible.
• Boat tours: Sail Angra’s bay visiting deserted islands and dreamlike beaches.
• Water sports: Sailing, catamaran and schooner tours, water ski, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are all popular.
• Ecotourism: The Mata Atlantica Forest offers excellent conditions for ecotourism activities such as hiking, mountain biking, etc.
• Paraty: Discover one of Brazil’s most charming colonial towns.