Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande, Brazil

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 341 vacation rentals near Ilha Grande. From 198 houses to 94 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.