As you head west of Rio, the high-rise suburbs give way to mile upon mile of luscious emerald rainforest covering rolling hills and tropical white sand beaches.
This is Rio state’s Costa Verde, or Green Coast.
Visiting Costa Verde
The first place that you will come across will be Angra dos Reis, a weekend playground for the rich and famous of Rio. Dotted among the vegetation are some of the best beach resorts in Brazil, such as the Pestana Angra.
Close by is the jungle covered island of Ilha Grande, a peaceful haven where no motor vehicles are allowed and where the beaches are divine.
Traveling west along the coast from Ilha Grande will take you to the delightful colonial town of Paraty.
This peaceful and picturesque town is practically unaltered since it was the principal port for the gold trade in the colonial era, and the cobbled streets and ornate churches are an absolute delight to wander around on foot. A couple of days here is a perfect way to relax, perhaps with a bicycle tours in the nearby hills, or boarding a schooner to take you to one of the multitude of small uninhabited islands that are just off the coast.
The jungle covered island of Ilha Grande is a peaceful haven where motor vehicles are forbidden and the beaches are divine. Trekking is excellent here and several trails lead through verdant forest to beaches lapped by gentle waves. To compliment these idyllic stretches of coastline, the island is dotted with a number of lovely rustic, but comfortable, pousadas.
There are several charming little pousadas dotted along the coast that we will happily recommend. All are colonial houses that have been tastefully restored to retain plenty of atmospheric period detail. They offer elegant accommodation in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Places to visit in Green Coast
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Green Coast, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itinerary featuring Green Coast
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Green Coast, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Green Coast
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Photos of Green Coast
Accommodation choices for Green Coast
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Green Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ilha de Toque Toque is the perfect place to spend a night en route to São Paulo Airport. Only the VIP and Essential suites have air conditioning but all are equipped with ceiling fans.
Located right on the beach and within short walking distance of Abraao town this is a charming little pousada.
With just 12 rooms decorated in a rustic style, Pousada Naturalia has an elevated position on Ilha Grande just 50 meters from the sea. The rooms all have a small private balcony offering beautiful panoramic sea views, and each room has air conditioning and a minibar.
Situated on the beautiful island of Ilha Grande, the Pousada Asalem is a great place to relax.
This very personal house has all the touches you would want for a relaxing stay.
Pousada Literaria is ideally located in Paraty's old part of town. Built in a colonial building it retains a colonial feel, yet has large, airy rooms, decorated in a more modern style.
Pousada Picinguaba is the perfect hideaway destination. Located in a sleepy fishing village just south of Paraty, it is surrounded by stunning beaches and verdant rainforest.
A traditional yet characterful pousada of 27 rooms, ideally located in Paraty just a few minutes from the beach.