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“Bytes and Beach”

Baia de Castelhanos Beach
Ranked #5 of 90 things to do in Ilhabela
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Castelhanos is reachable by boat or by land. By boat is can be part of a launch tour that could include Bonete as well as here.
Land: is a 45 min 4/4 guided arrival. It is best to hire the service as this road is one way in during certain hours and one way out during others. It makes many West Virginia roads look huge. Once there you have several options, You can climb to Cachoeira Gato, sit on the beach, swim, paddle, or climb higher for a panoramic view! Swimming and the falls are a must. There is a small cafe there that only takes CASH. All plates run about $R40 which is quite hefty but you are a captive audience. If you just want a snack bring it and there are plenty of chairs and tables to sit at.
Bugs: bring repellant. The bugs in the sand there are staunch and you will go home with bites regardless. It is reminiscent of the beaches in Nicaragua so be warned! You can get wonderful shots here with azure waters and mountains that add to the album you will carry home. Everyone should go once to see and climb!

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

It´s the biggest beach on the island and it's really clean and natural, also it has a great waterfall really close, it's a must on your visit to Ilhabela!

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

By jeep or by boat this is a beach with crystal clear waters not to be missed when you are visiting Ilhabela. Jeep costs 70 reais per person (30 US dollars), takes about one hour each way. The drive is very pleasant in the middle of a luscious tropical forest. Do not forget bug repellent!

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Maybe not as nice as the more distant beaches on the island, but worth a visit. Go to the end of the beach to avoid most other visitors.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is an outstanding place where you can have a real experience of trekking all the island through a not asphalted road that leads from the main prt to the destination passing through a rial "mata virgen" forest.
The travel takes a while and is preferrale to have an adequate car to do it.The quality of the road is not outstanding and is lng such as 20 km (takes 1 hour and half to make it safe).You have also to cross a river at the end(better to park the car before and not take any risk.You can access one way only the beach till 3pm.Than only come back traffic sense is allowed.Please fill the tank before and be sure that the car is perfectly functioning before tling this trail because no assistance or way of filling the tank is pssible on this track.
Take also with you an insect repellent because the place is literally infested by a local gender of mosquito called "borrachudos".They are aggressive and they can make your life literally miserable if not adequately protected.
For the rest all outstanding

Thank andrea f
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