Ilha Grande as the name illustrates, is also known as big island. Ilha Grande is a beautiful island, which is specifically known for its unspoiled beaches and bewildering landscape. This island once known for the reputation of owning the biggest prison of Brazil is today an outstanding tourist spot.
Ilha Grande is located on the Atlantic Ocean. The total area of Ilha Grande is 193 km2 (75 sq mi). The highest elevation point of Ilha Grande is Pico da Pedra D’Água, located at the height of 1,031 m (3,383 ft). Ilha Grande is included in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The approximate population of the island is 5000.
The unspoiled beaches of Ilha Grande include Praia do Leste, Praia do Sul, Praia Dois Rios Caxadaço, Praia Santo Antonio Quiete, Paria Recifes, Praia do Aventureir, Parnaioca, Arueira and Lopes Mendes. Among them Praia do Leste and Praia do Sul have been closed to the public as nature reserve.
Lopes Mendes beach is the most popular beach of Ilha Grande. Lopes Mendes has also been included in the list of top ten beaches of the world by vague magazine. The beauty of the clear water and calm surroundings makes it more appealing to the tourists. You can also do several activities like diving, snorkeling and kayaking. The trekking to Lopes Mendes from Abraao takes two hours.
The Ilha Grande Island is also a great holiday destination for adventure lovers. As there are several scenic hiking tracks leading to beaches. You can simply book yourself a hotel and explore the island on foot. There are about thirty restaurants serving several delicacies. From a regular hamburger to sea food casseroles you can find everything.
The interesting fact about the Ilha Grande Island is that there are no roads and most of the motorized vehicles are banned. Vila do Abraão is the one with most of the available tourist facilities. The island can be reached through ferries and catamarans. If you are planning to visit Brazil, visit Ilha Grande and enjoy one the best beaches of the world.