What to do Sao Paulo - Trips further afield
One of the busiest stretches of coast in southern Brazil is
Litoral Norte('North coast'), which is roughly the area between Santos in the south and the border to Rio de Janeiro state in the north.
|The Litoral Norte has beautiful beaches with lush tropical green mountains in the background.
The Litoral Norte is highly developed though, especially at its start near Santos. The major attractions of the Litoral Norte, with Ubatuba as final stop, will be pointed out below.
If you travel along the coast from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, the Litoral Norte connects perfectly to the Costa Verde.
Sunset at the Litoral Norte near Maresias
- Maresias: Along the coast you will encounter many resort-like settlements. Maresias is one of the most vivid. Many young Paulistanos come here to see and to be seen.
Maresias is also a surfers’ favourite; it is even part of the international surf circuit. Around Maresias are also quieter beaches, hemmed by rocks and rainforest.
- Sao Sebastiao: Charming colonial refuge among the supremacy of developed beaches... Sao Sebastiao used to be knee-deep in the slave trade. Today it is a laidback town with some interesting sights, like the Matriz church and the religious art museum. Sao Sebastiao is also where you embark for Ilhabela Island.
Ilhabela: tranquility near Sao Paulo
- Ilhabela: In front of Sao Sebastiao you will see a large island in the distance: Ilhabela. In fact,
Ilhabela is one of the largest islands along the Brazilian Atlantic coast.
Ilhabela is covered in rainforest and has numerous picturesque bays and beaches. The island has something for everyone: hiking trails, pristine beaches, good surf and even a few shipwrecks, popular with scuba divers.
Ilhabela is usually packed on weekends and virtually deserted on weekdays (outside the holiday season that is).
Ubatuba– 317 km / 197 miles: 5.5 hours (via Santos and the
At the northern side of the
Litoral Norteyou will find Ubatuba, close to the state border with Rio de Janeiro.
Ubatubais located right at the Tropic of Capricorn and at the feet of the towering Serra do Mar mountain range.
The moderately sized beach town Ubatuba has some spectacular beaches in its surroundings. Many of them, especially south of the city centre, have good facilities and are therefore very popular. However, there are also more secluded beaches in the Ubatuba area, in case you prefer some privacy.
Surfers will be delighted:
Ubatubais officially ‘
Surf Capital’ of Brazil; you best try the surf of Praia Vermelha do Norte, just north of town.
Ubatubaalso has a huge aquarium (Aquário de
Ubatuba) with the largest number of native fish species in Brasil. Also interesting is a sea turtle rescue project, Projecto Tamar, which welcomes visitors.
Vermelha do Norte beach, Ubatuba
Overnighting along the Litoral Norte:
- High end:
Pousada Piçinguaba – Rua G 130, Vila Piçinguaba (between
Refúgio do Corsário – Trilha do Corsário 10, Praia da Fortaleza (Peninsula 28 km/ 17 miles south from
- Budget/ Backpackers:
A Pousadinha – Rua Guarani 686, Itaguá (