Chorley, United Kingdom
October 24, 2002
The best by far was Angra dos Reis; it's a true paradise. First of all you're picked up from your hotel early in the morning, then take a drive south to what is called the Costa Verde. Here you'll see beautiful scenery of many other small ports and fishing villages. The atmosphere is much more relaxed, plus there are a number of hotel resorts in the area - if you can't bear to leave!
Once you arrive at Angra Bay, you'll take a schooner boat to one of the many 365 islands. There's room for a spot of sunbathing on the boat, plus they usually have a traditional Brazilian band playing too, which creates a wonderful atmosphere. Next stop is an island, which our tour guide called ‘Pleasure Beach’, I think I would have called it ‘Paradise Island’! The water is clear, the sand is white, it’s something you only see in brochures, but you can make it a dream come true if you take this trip. (I’m sold, how about you?!?)
After the first island, you’ll then move on to a bigger island where there’s a buffet style lunch waiting for you. You’ll probably spend a couple of hours there, go for a swim, or chat to one of the many other tourists on the trip with a cold beer from the bar.
If Rio’s main beaches are too busy for you, then this is the place for you!
From journal The 'Real' Rio