Angra dos Reis
In the XIXth century, Angra dos Reis was the most important port of the coast of Rio de Janeiro. During the coffee boom, this was the place from which the beans sailed to all parts of the world.
Angra dos Reis is a popular holiday spot for cariocas and even people from São Paulo, since there are plenty of beautiful beaches around. If you end up in the town itself, it is quite likely that you are on your way to the popular island Ilha Grande. Apart from the town, Angra dos Reis is comprised of 365 islands and two thousand beaches filled with natural beauty, legends and social events.
Among all of its islands, Ilha Grande stands out. It is considered the paradise of adventurers, with its hiking trails, waterfalls and various beaches – from super-popular party beaches to deserted ones.
Attractions and activities
To know well this part of the Costa Verde (Green Coast), the best option is to travel by boat, being able to see the crystalline waters, and the mansions of the rich and famous, erected on private islands. There are countless beaches for you to discover, but some of the most recommended are Botinas – two picturesque islands with a variety of fish and goldfish, a diver´s treat, Praia do Dentista (Gipóia island) – for party lovers, with floating bars - and Praia de Fora (Gipóia as well) for surfers.
The island of Itanhangá is a good spot for other sporting activities, such as climbing and canoeing. Some 40 kms from Angra, you can participate in a… safari. The Portobello Resort in Mangaratiba features 300 thousand square metres of park with some 500 species of Brazilian and African fauna. For a taste of colonial times, visit the historical town of Mambucaba – a place labelled as Historical Heritage in the 60´s.
What to eat and drink
The diverse offer of restaurants and bars is a reflection of the variety of islands and beaches in Angra. A traditionally recommendable option on the island of Gipóia is the Canto das Canoas (Praia do Vitorino), with tables set out on the beach. On mainland, try stuffed squids and crabcatchers prepared by Dona Diva in Samburá (R. Maria Jose Lucas Peixoto, 286).
Jango´s Bar, a floating bar docked on Praia do Dentista, can bring one´s dish directly to your ship on little boats. You make your order via radio. The best parties take place on the islands, so ideally check out with the locals what are the options for tonight.
While searching for a bus ticket, it is important to pay attention to the bus stations.
Some destinations only have routes to one bus station and others more than one station. Depending on where you will stay in the city, it can make a difference in time and price if you have a choice in bus stations. Here is a brief summary of each station: