Brazil: A large bay from paradise
Baia de Ilha Grande, the bay of the Big Island, is 60 nautical miles south of Rio de Janeiro. A heavenly yacht charter area that is second to none. Almost countless anchorages, 15 marinas and more than 300 small islets off the coast are available to sailors in this sheltered bay of the Costa Verde (Green Coast). A gentle breeze ensures excellent sailing conditions and more than 100 palm beaches complete the heavenly backdrop.
In earlier times hardened pirates ruled the picturesque Ilha Grande, who operated from there, among other things, slave trade. A shore excursion to the Serra da Bocaina National Park is definitely worth it. Bocaina means “ways up” in Tupi-Guarani and is the name of the mountain range that connects Sao Paolo with Rio de Janeiro. The highest peak is at 2200 m. Among the protected animals of the Serra da Bocaina National Park are tapirs, otters, howler monkeys, Capivara, bird species such as the Macuco and the Inhambus, as well as many species of snakes.
In the footsteps of the pirates of the Big Island
The sailing boat will be taken over at the charter base at Angra Dos Reis (Bay of Kings). In the nearby supermarket you should stock up on enough food and other necessities for the entire trip.
The first stopover is Paraty, which until the middle of the last century could only be reached by ship. Paratyhat is one of the most beautiful inner cities in Brazil and cars are not allowed in it. Three marinas offer the sailor everything he needs.
From there you continue to Praia Vermehla, where you can swim, and to the Saco do Mamanguá fjord, where you can eat fresh fish from the bay and then spend a romantic night on the beach. You will find a protected anchorage in Sitio Forte, in contrast to Lopes Mendes, which is said to be one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. We continue to Mangues Bay and to Dort Abraao on Ilha Grande, where the ferries from the mainland arrive. The Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) is located in the village of Freguesia de Santana and owes its name to the turquoise blue water and the similarity to Port Antonio in Jamaica, where the film “The Blue Lagoon” was filmed in 1980. The Lagoa Azul, which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving, also has a floating party service for the party-goers among the visitors.