Destination guide

Explore the Big Island

The large Brazilian island of Ilha Grande lies off the mainland, some 100 miles or do from Rio de Janeiro. The name may translate to Big Island, but there are no roads that cross it, nor are there any motorized vehicles. To get around from your Ilha Grande vacation rental, you're going to have to do it the old-fashioned way, by foot or bicycle. The island has had a fascinating history. For years it was closed off to the outside world by the government, and even served as a maximum-security prison. Today, it's open to all who come for it's unspoiled beauty.

Things to do

A fascinating history

Dragging yourself away from the swathes of sandy beach and shallow turquoise ocean is going to be tough, but if you do, you'll find plenty of interesting historical attractions that make the effort worthwhile. Getting to the Museu do Carcere is easy from your Ilha Grande vacation rental and when you're there you can see the site of the last jailhouse on the island. Though destroyed, the museum houses a collection of historical exhibits. Alternatively, visit the striking Igreja de Sao Sebastiao or the Assembleia de Deus churches.


One of the best beaches in the world

As it's an island, it won't be a surprise to hear that most of the activities are focused around the sea. Whether you want to board kayaks or paddling boards to cruise across the ocean's surface, hoist the sails of the yacht or go hiking along the coastline trails, Ilha Grande has everything you need. With miles of sandy beach, you'll not going to want to miss a bit of sun worshipping and there's no better place to do it than Lopes Mendes, voted as one of the most scenic beaches in the world by Vogue magazine.


No right or wrong time to visit

Other than March, when the afternoons have a little rain, there's no right or wrong times to stay in an Ilha Grande vacation rental. Between December and February, the skies of clear, bright and the temperature can often surpass 100 degrees. It's also the busiest time of year with domestic and international travelers descending onto the gorgeous beaches. If you want to go at this time, be sure to book up early. Outside these months, the temperature is a little more moderate and with the kids back in school, it can be wonderfully peaceful along the beaches and hiking trails.

Natural features

Pristine Atlantic rainforest

This eco-friendly island has one of the largest tracts of pristine Atlantic rainforest in the country. It's rich in biodiversity, so wildlife lovers will not be disappointed. As you hike around the island, look up into the trees and you'll likely spot a noisy howler monkey making his morning calls, a lazy maned sloth sleeping in the branches or the flutter of a red-browed Amazon parrot. A trip under the water's surfaces reveals a vast list of marine species including sharks, sea turtles and migrating whale species. All this, just minutes from your Ilha Grande vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Ilha Grande?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 255 vacation rentals near Ilha Grande. From 162 Houses to 60 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ilha Grande for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ilha Grande?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ilha Grande. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Paraty: 405 vacation rentals
  • Conceicao de Jacareí: 65 vacation rentals
  • State of São Paulo: 12,003 vacation rentals
  • Portogalo: 34 vacation rentals
  • Vila do Abraão: 26 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ilha Grande! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ilha Grande?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ilha Grande:

  • Paraty: 405 rentals
  • Mangaratiba: 299 rentals
  • Bananal: 129 rentals
  • Praia Grande: 271 rentals
  • Cunha: 666 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ilha Grande?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ilha Grande. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ilha Grande State Park: 392 rentals
  • Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: 338 rentals
  • Parati-Mirim Beach: 355 rentals
  • Abraao Beach: 353 rentals
  • Angra dos Reis Port: 424 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ilha Grande listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Ilha Grande

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