Praia de Paraty-Mirim


For accessibility, cost and beauty, this tranquil beach 17km southeast of Paraty is hard to beat. The adjacent chapel, dating to 1686, was the first constructed by the Portuguese in the Paraty region. Barracas (food stalls) on the beach here serve simple meals – don't miss the pasteis de camarão (fried dough pockets filled with locally caught shrimp) at Quiosque do Xico. Colitur runs buses here (R$4.25, 40 minutes) from Paraty’s bus station.

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Nearby Paraty attractions

1. Saco de Mamanguá

2.08 MILES

This gorgeous fjord-shaped inlet cuts a narrow 7km channel into the mountains southeast of Paraty. Various Paraty-based tour companies offer boat trips…

2. Capela de NS das Dores

5.24 MILES

This church of the colonial white elite was built in 1800 and renovated in 1901. It's generally off-limits to the public, though you can occasionally…

3. Casa da Cultura

5.28 MILES

In a beautiful colonial mansion, Paraty’s Casa da Cultura hosts rotating exhibitions and events, with a focus on local culture. There are nice views of…

4. Igreja Santa Rita dos Pardos Libertos


Built in 1722, this was the church for freed persons of mixed black and white ancestry. Nowadays it houses a tiny museum of sacred art and has some fine…

5. Matriz NS dos Remédios

5.37 MILES

Built in 1787 on the site of two previous 17th-century churches, this 'mother' church on Paraty's main square legendarily got financing for its…

7. Forte Defensor Perpétuo

5.38 MILES

For sweeping bay views, climb to this historic Portuguese fort. First built in 1703 and rebuilt in 1822, its original purpose was to defend the gold…

8. Maria Izabel

6.41 MILES

This acclaimed cachaça distillery, 10km north of Paraty, often places within the top 10 or 20 in nationwide competitions. Call at least a day ahead to…