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Ilhabela is an archipelago and a municipality in the North Coast of São Paulo. It is considered one of the natural paradises of the São Paulo coast, along with Ubatuba (Ilhabela means literally "beautiful island" in Portuguese). The place is known for its forest-covered mountains, its amazing beaches, its savage trails - and difficult not to mention, also its vicious mosquitos.
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The beaches of the Northwest coast are easily accessible using the main avenue and the non-pavimented road in the north. Most have calm waters and are adequate for nautical sports. They occasionally suffer from pollution originated in the mainland.
- Armação (12 km north of ferry). Suitable for windsurf and kitesurf. Contains a charming church, Capela Imaculada Conceição, and some kiosks and restaurants.
- Pedra do Sino (between Siriúba and Poço). One of the most famous beaches of Ilhabela, it gets its name from its rock formations, which produce a bell-like sound when they hit each other. With shallow and calm waters, and white sands surrounded by coconut trees.
- Ponta Azeda (accessible from Praia do Pinto). Small and with calm waters.
- Siriúba (8 km north of the ferry). Quiet beach surrounded by coconot trees, with calm waters.
- Barreiros (7,5 km north of ferry). Beautiful beach with 600 m extensions and calm waters. Before reaching the beach there is a nice view of the São Sebastião channel.
- Itaquanduba. Small and quiet beach, with calm waters. Mostly frequented by locals.
- Pequeá. Close to downtown and good for sailing. With bars and restaurants.
The beaches of the Southeast Coast are difficult to access and mostly desert. Many have strong waves, being indicated for surfing.
- Caveira (south of Serraria island). Diving point. Only accessible by boat.
- Enchovas (50 min. trail from Bonete). One of the most beautiful spots of the island. With thick and yellow sands, rocks and a river.
- Indaiúba (near Enchovas/Bonete). With white sands and calm waters. Only accessible by boat.
- Bonete (12 km trail from Ponta de Sepituba). Considered by the British Guardian newspaper one of the 10 most beautiful beaches of Brazil. With strong waves.
In pre-colonial times, the largest island of the archipelago, São Sebastião, was called Maembipe by Native Brazilians, who used the island for trade and prisoner exchange. The island was discovered in 1502 by the Portuguese, and although settlement began shortly thereafter, the village of the island was officially founded only in 1806, with the name of Vila Bela da Princesa ("Beautiful Village of the Princess"). The municipality would finally be named "Ilhabela" in 1945. In 1977, the majority of the archipelago's area was declared a state park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Ilhabela is called "the capital of sailing" for good reason, as the the calm waters and strong winds between the main island and the continent are perfect for nautical sports such as sailing, kitesurf and windsurf. There are also a good number of places indicated for surfing and scuba diving. Inside the island, trekking and mountain biking shall give plenty of adventure for those who seek it. For those who want a more relaxed time, an option are the boat rides to remote beaches, fishing spots and the smaller islands.
- Cheiro Verde, Rua da Padroeira 109 - Centro, ☎ 12 38963245. A reasonably priced option, specialized in seafood-based Brazilian dishes like moqueca and bobó de camarão.
- Cura, Av. Princesa Isabel, 337 - Perequê, ☎ 12 3896-1311. Self-service restaurant with 60 options of warm dishes. Pay per kg.
- Max Paladar, Av. São João, 243 - Perequê, ☎ 12 3896-3700. Traditional self-service restaurant in a rustic environment. Claims to serve 90% of the food with 0% trans fat.
- Me Gusta | ceviche e pisco | Av. Pedro Paula de Moraes, 690, Saco da Capela ☎ 12 3896 1328
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