Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande

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On an island world-famous for over 100 beaches, Lopes Mendes Beach stands out with its 3 km (1.9 mi) of white fine sand. The water remains quite shallow a long way out, providing visitors with nearly perfect surfing conditions. Frequently ranked among the world’ most stunning beaches, this long strip of warm sand can be reached from the main settlement on the island by a short boat ride, followed by a hike up a relatively steep footpath. Walk through the lush island vegetation to get some exercise and prepare yourself for a refreshing dip in the crystalline waters. Before hitting the trail, remember to bring lots of water, bug repellent, and a good flashlight, as darkness descends rapidly under the thick forest canopy. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ilha Grande trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • To reach this beach, we took a boat to the beach landing, and we walked through a trail for about half an hour. Worth the walk, the beach is very pretty, looks a bit like Geribá in Buzios, but without those houses all around.
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  • 4 km long beach. Crystal clear water, with few waves (sometimes) and a huge edge. Ideal to spend the day in rain or heat. Has many trees, thus generating infinite shadow to rest. Has no restaurant but there are stalls that sell fixed snacks (chips, sandwiches, soda, water, etc). You can go walking (2 hs from the village of Methuselah) or by boat ($ 30R, 50minutos). More than indicated.
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  • Good track and stretch of sand with wave and sea more quiet in the corners. Pretty shade of almond trees and more tranquillity at the end after the stones ... incredibly beautiful!
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Where to stay in Ilha Grande

The village area by the dock is home to the largest number of Ilha Grande's accommodations, with options varying from family-run, rustic pousadas (guesthouses) to mid-range and luxury hotels. Elsewhere on the island, you'll find upscale resorts offering wide-ranging amenities, such as swimming pools, bars, restaurants, and spas. Though most lodgings lie along the coast, a couple of options farther inland situate you in scenic parts of the jungle interior. Alternatively, head back to the mainland to sleep at one of the simple hotels in Conceicao de Jacarei, the destination of the Ilha Grande ferry service.
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