With its cobblestoned colonial-era center and backdrop of thick jungle, Paraty is one of Brazil’s most charming destinations. The secluded beaches and pristine island-studded bay that surround the small town are equally appealing. Here are a few of the best beaches around Paraty.
Occupying a long stretch of coastline 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Paraty, Trindade exudes a laid-back island character that makes it popular with surfers and hikers. Hiking trails lead through dense rainforest toward a natural swimming pool that’s perfect for a chilled-out post-hike dip. Guided tours typically include round-trip transfers from Paraty hotels and snorkeling in the pool.
Paraty Mirim Beach
The tranquil Paraty Mirim beach is located 10 miles (17 kilometers) southeast of Paraty. It is adjacent to a chapel, which was constructed by the Portuguese in 1686. The beach is known for food stalls serving up such simple but delicious meals as fried dough pockets filled with shrimp, or pasteis de camarão.
Around 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Paraty, the tiny Sono beach is accessible only by boat or foot from Laranjeiras. Most travelers opt to hike an hour through lush rainforest to arrive at this stunning stretch of sand—guided tours can help you spot toucans and monkeys along the way and typically include round-trip transfers from Paraty hotels.
Barra do Corumbe
Popular with families, Barra do Corumbe also attracts hungry visitors due to the presence of popular seafood restaurants tucked into its shore. It’s four miles (seven kilometers) north of Paraty’s center.
Jabaquara beach on Ilhabela island can only be reached by water, which gives it a secluded vibe. Kayaking tours from Paraty take you through the mangroves and also to Rosa Beach and Sapeca Island for swimming and snorkeling.