The Capital of Sailing

This “beautiful island” lives up to its name, and today belies its once lurid reputation as a hideout of smugglers and pirates.

Where once failed coffee plantations replaced lush vegetation, the land has been reclaimed, and state park trails provide access to a luscious green jungle, with numerous waterfalls where you can stop for a swim along the way. Divers will find great opportunities on some of the many shipwrecks off the coast.

And when you work up an appetite there is nothing better than shrimp right off the boat, accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

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Ilhabela State Park

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Ilhabela State Park

Covering 85% of the municipality of Ilhabela—including 12 islands, two islets, and two reefs—the Ilhabela State Park features mangrove forests, thousands of streams, over 250 waterfalls, and hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Rua do Meio

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Rua do Meio

One of the busiest streets in Ilhabela, Rua do Meio is located right in the center of the city, which is only fitting since its translation means “the middle road”. Stroll among the many historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and bars, with traditional treat in hand—a coconut popsicle.

Bird Watching

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Bird Watching

With 300 species of birds, Ilhabela is considered an “Important Bird Site for Priority Conservation” by Birdlife International. Be on the lookout for toucans, black-hawk eagles, parrots, Brazilian tanagers, penelopes, and brown-backed parrotlets.

Ilhabela, Brazil At a glance

Current Weather:
Partly Cloudy (Night)
21°C / 70 °F
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Scattered Thunderstorms
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Local Details:
GPS: 23°46'44.51"S 45°21'20.39"W

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