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Honey Island (Ilha do Mel)

Curitiba, State of Parana, Brazil
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Ranked #5 of 136 attractions in Curitiba
Type: Islands
Traveler Description: Ilha do Mel (Honey island) is located 115 km from Curitiba, where the next airport is located (CWB). The island is a State Nature Reserve and most of... more »
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Curitiba, Brazil
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A rustic and lovely small island with white sand beaches (some with calm waters and some with plenty of waves). No cars and lots of easy to walk trails. Accommodation and restaurants tend to be pretty simplistic and expensive for what they are. My favourite side is Brasilia, I really like the area close to the lighthouse (you can climb... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

White sand beaches, no-car island, green areas, sea, sun, quiet... Make sure to see both sides of the island - one is more touristey, with restaurants and very calm sea, the other side is a bit wilder, with waves, but no cafés! It was an amazing week-end.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This island is simply beautiful. I was there two times (first in February this year). The island is amazing if you're looking for nice wide beaches or short walks. It's great place for surfing.

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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
59 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

If you can manage a few days to completely let yourself go on a tropical island then Ilha do Mel is the place to go. For R$17 one way the ferry offers daily service from Paranaguá. Takes about two hours for the crossing. You have a choice of many pousadas at the jungle towns of either Brasilia or Encantades. There... More

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Curitiba, PR
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This island is really small. Really, really small. Still, it is chock full of pensions and pousadas and hostels. I went in the middle of the winter, the slow season, and even though it was off time I found it quite crowded. I cannot imagine what the summer is like. Must be a madhouse. I think that Encantadas, on the... More

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Montevideo, Uruguay
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Endless golden beaches. Beautiful place. Pity the accomodation is outdated. All the pousadas, hostels, etc are old , in bad shape, very poor service and is not value for money at all for what you get. Pity the Brazilian goverment doesn't keep an eye for what hotels are charching and the quality of the service in return.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Bout 90 minutes drive from Curitiba this is a good place to escape the city for a weekend of relaxation Big clean wide sandy beaches are very welcoming and I understand numbers are restricted in the summer months to stop it from becoming too crowded. Plenty of eating and drinking options available if you want to escape the sun. This... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Such a good experience going to ilha do mel, the only inconvinience is the traffic you face to reach there. However, staying there is just amazing and relaxing experience :D

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Herriman, Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We loved staying on Ilha do Mel. It is very relaxing to be where there are no highways, cars, and all the distractions of modern life.We stayed at a pousada which is like a bed and breakfast. Ours was Enseadada Conchas with Lu and Carlos who treated us royally. Nice breakfast and helpful service and advice. Loved the fortress, lighthouse,... More

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Duisburg, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

There are quiet beaches with vast expanses of white sand, and little hills for you to climb. Note: bring your own shade if you need it. Be careful about your timing with the tides on the walk between Encantadas and Nova Brasilia. i always felt safe on the island. One local claimed that it's because it's too hard for criminals... More

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