Ilha Grande Bay Vacations

Come to Ilha Grande Bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to check out its fascinating cultural, historical and scenic attractions.

Ilha Grande Bay is located approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro and about 580 miles (933 kilometers) southeast of the national capital Brasilia.

To relax with locals by the sea set aside a day or two to explore at least one of the most idyllic beaches in Ilha Grande Bay. Turtle Beach and Lopes Mendes Beach are two of the more well-known local beachside haunts in this region. Brava Beach and Brava Beach are some of the other beaches in the region.

To check out the flora and fauna native to Ilha Grande Bay, head out to its many beautiful ecological parks. Two of the most significant of these around the city are Cataguases Island and Araujo Island. Also try Frade Peak and Cataguases Island, if you have the time to see more of the city’s wide array of ecological habitats.

Matriz Square and Nilo Pecanha Square are great choices to kick back and feel the heartbeat of Ilha Grande Bay. Explore the squares and admire the surrounding buildings or alternatively sit down on a nearby bench to enjoy the atmosphere.

During your tour of Ilha Grande Bay, don't miss the old religious sites. The Chapel of Saint Rita and the Nossa Senhora das Dores Church are two of Ilha Grande Bay’s most popular examples of these. Take the time to enjoy the solemn atmosphere of these remarkable places.

The Culture House of Brazil Poets is the perfect few hours for those looking for something a little different in Ilha Grande Bay. Take a self-guided tour, lose yourself in the exhibits, then ask for tips from the locals to uncover some of the more eclectic museums in town.

The Ilha Grande Bay’s regions historic defense structures are an evocative window into the area’s sometimes turbulent past. Despite a past steeped in conflict, the Defensor Perpetuo Fort Museum is now a peaceful place perfect for reflecting on the sacrifices and struggles of this city’s past citizens.

Take the family to see the Ecomuseum, if your children want to see how this area evolved over time. It’s a major source of knowledge for the region, so take the opportunity to see samples of fossils, animals, rocks and minerals that open a window into the past.


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