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Review of Paraty Bay

Paraty Bay
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The beaches in Paraty offer you a huge advantage. The feeling that you own idyllic isolated beaches for an entire afternoon, or who knows a day. The most relevant tips are that you must pick the right season - which is from Nov to early Dec, and during the weekdays. The usual daily tours offered by agencies are not costly, but if you can afford to pay approx USD60 per person, you can upgrade your experience at the beaches significantly. If you are one of those looking for something more personalised, go for the sailors who offer daily tour services for small groups (approx up to ten). They are waiting for you at the docks at the mainland Historic Center ("cais" in Portuguese), in line, and as you approach them they will suggest you day-tours or hour-tours. Their initial negotiation price is USD 25 per hour, but if you define the route, stops and the approximate quantity of hours, you may get a daily pack price of approx USD 60 per person. It is the price I obtained for a full day sailing with a small number of stops, for two persons. This is also a much better option if you prefer to enjoy more of the beach time or the snorkelling time instead of sailing time. Two beaches not to be missed are PRAIA DA LULA (means squid's beach, approx one hour from the mainland docks) and SACO DA VELHA (approx 1,5 hours from the mainland docks) beaches. They are small and extraordinarily beautiful and clean with warm, calm and crystal emerald green water. Perfect for a couple or a family with small children. Suggestions for snorkelling points are LAGOA AZUL and ILHA DO ALGODAO (approx 1,5 hours from the mainland docks, and only ten minutes from the SACO DA VELHA beach). One suggestion is to leave the docks at approx 10:30 o'clock, head straight to the ILHA DO ALGODAO for an amazing, lazy lunch at the RESTAURANTE DO HILTINHO, and spend the afternoon at the SACO DA VELHA. More often than not, you will find yourself completely alone there, it is a feeling of exclusivity that you can not get if you are there at the busy season. Be prepared to be spoiled. If you were happy with the services of the sailor, I advise you to pick the same sailor/ boat for all your following trips. Unfortunately, most of them do not speak English. It is a long wait until you get to the beach, but it is a certainty that you will be rewarded with a stunning view. Make sure you take this extra money for the boat trips and don't miss the best things in the surroundings! All price references as of Dec/2012.

5  Thank OriginalCustardcake
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Well worth the 50 reais for a day of fun! Get in the mud at the end!
It makes you feel like you are 5 years old again!

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We took a little boat around the bay and pulled up to a resturant on an island where we had lunch brought to us on the boat.
Great time. They helped us get in and out of the boat.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I loved the relaxed atmosphere, the boat cruise was amazing and well priced. I would do it again in a heart beat

Thank Tom S
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The grupo contadores de estorias is the world famous puppet theatre from Paraty.

I was aware of it when researching Paraty and hoped to attend. We bought two tickets at Paraty Tours for the 9pm show. We made dinner reservations for 7 and hoped that would give us enough time to get there. It is a couple of blocks over the very rough stone streets and we had to unlock and push our bikes and then lock them up again at the theatre. They say to come 20 minutes early and I would recommend coming even earlier if possible. Many venues in Brazil use assigned seating but the theatre does not assign your seat until you arrive. We got there about a quarter to 9 and were not at risk of not being admitted but we were assigned seats almost at the back. Since I have limited vision, I could not really see the show properly. Luckily, I had viewed the one of the old couple flirting so I knew what i was missing. My husband fared better but we agreed we should have brought binoculars or come much earlier. It is a wonderful troupe operating at a very high level. It was a little sad not to be able to see the show though. They sell DVDs of the show plus a few other souvenirs. They do not accept credit cards so we were not able to do that either. (We are Canadian and find few bank machines accept our cards in Brazil and none did in Paraty.)The girl at the shop was so sweet and offered to bring the DVD to our pousada personally the next day when the are closed. We were not going to have cash the next day either so declined her offer with war thanks. This is really a great group.

1  Thank ConValerie
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