Islands & Beaches

Paraty has some 65 islands and 300 beaches in its vicinity. To visit the less-accessible beaches, take an organized schooner tour. Multiple boats depart daily from the Cais de Turismo at the southeastern edge of the historic center; tickets average about R$65 per person.

Alternatively, you can hire one of the small motorboats at the port for a private tour. Local captains know some great spots and will take you out for around R$100 per hour, which can be a good deal if you have a large enough group.

The closest fine beaches on the coast – Vermelha, Lula and Saco da Velha – are all east of Paraty, roughly an hour away by boat. Good island beaches nearby include Araújo and Sapeca; many other islands have rocky shores and are private. The mainland beaches tend to be better; most have a handful of beachgoers and barracas (stalls) serving beer and fish.

Back in Paraty, walking north across the river, the first beach you’ll reach is Praia do Pontal. A cluster of open-air restaurants lines its shore, but it's not great for swimming. Another 2km further north is Praia do Jabaquara, a spacious beach with great views and shallow waters that's ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddling.