Just a few hours from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is a largely undeveloped island just off the Green Coast. No cars are allowed which adds to the atmosphere of total paradise created by the pristine beaches and virgin rainforest.
My highlight was, without a doubt, virtually untouched Lopes Mendes Beach, a long, sweeping stretch of fine sand. To get here you either take a taxi boat to Palmas Beach and walk the remaining 15 minutes, or, if you’re feeling up to it, take a three-hour hike through the forest. It sounds tough, but you’ll be thoroughly rewarded.