For atmosphere, nothing beats staying in the historic center, though the surrounding jungle and mountains also offer some enticing options. From December to February, and during festivals, hotels fill up and room prices double, so reservations are advisable. The rest of the year, finding accommodations is relatively easy. Prices quoted here are high-season rates; you can bargain for better deals during the off-season. Paraty is a favorite destination for gay and lesbian crowds and is generally gay friendly.