The vibrant metropolises, lush rainforests, and tropical beaches make Brazil one of the most exotic destinations in any tourist’s dreams. However, the real beauty of the country lies in its galaxy of fascinating islands that are all different and unique in their own ways.
Below are some of the best Brazilian islands that are worth visiting at least once, or more, in your life!
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean consisting of 21 islets and islands. Only 460 tourists can visit these unspoiled beauties per day to protect these fragile islands. You definitely need to add it to your Brazil itinerary if you can.
The archipelago is possibly the most beautiful and relaxing place on the planet. Crystal-clear waters that teem with fish, turtles, and dolphins surround Fernando de Noronha, making them perfect for diving and snorkeling. These very exclusive and special islands are also filled with majestic waterfalls, lovely coves, and lots of stunning deserted beaches.
The island group of Ilhabela is located on Sao Paulo’s northern coast. With a name that means beautiful island, you won’t be hard-pressed to know the reason why.
These islands of Brazil are blessed with over 360 waterfalls and gorgeous beaches. The thick tropical jungles also serve as home to wild monkeys and approximately 300 bird species, including toucans.
It is also known as the “sailing capital” of Brazil, which hosts Latin America’s largest annual sailing competition, the Rolex International Sailing Week.
Ilha de Santa Catarina
Despite the small space, Ilha de Santa Catarina offers a plethora of variety. This is where you can find the state of Santa Catarina’s capital, Florianopolis. The city takes pride in its historic downtown area and is known for its vibrant nightlife.
It also serves as home to numerous lovely beaches, such as the famous surfing hot spot, Joaquina Beach. Aside from beaches, you can also find dunes, lakes, and wonderful Brazilian pine tree forests here.
Ilha de Tinhare
The beautiful island of Ilha de Tinhare is most popular for Morro de Sao Paulo village. The small village doesn’t have any cars or streets. Instead, you will find lovely small beaches fringed with palm trees that are very easy to remember because of their names: Fourth, Third, Second, and First.
The most famous among travelers is Second Beach, with its numerous restaurants and bars. Other settlements can also be found here, such as Galeao, Gamboa, and Grapua. Lots of activities await you at Ilha de Tinhare, with its warm and clear waters perfect for snorkeling or swimming.
The island is also popular for trekking, and many travelers also love visiting Boipeba, a small neighboring island.
If your ultimate dream is to visit a largely undeveloped island, Ilha Grande deserves to be on your must-visit list. The island is located around 160 km from Rio de Janeiro, and through the years, it has been used for several interesting purposes.
Ilha Grande used to be a leper colony, and for over 90 years, it also served as a prison, housing the worst criminals in Brazil. But after shutting down the prison in 1994, tourists started visiting the area, drawn by its amazing rainforests and beautiful beaches. Being a nature preserve, Ilha Grande is also home to wildlife, such as capybaras, iguanas, parrots, and monkeys.
Fulfill and live your ultimate tropical dream in these beautiful Brazilian islands!