Bonete Beach, Ilhabela

4.6
#1 of 22 in Trails in State of Sao Paulo
Hemmed in by rainforest and mountains, Bonete Beach can only be reached by a hike of several hours, or a quicker boat ride, should calm seas permit it. Away from the tourist crowds, soak in the magnificence of nature; the fine, powdery sand, the powerful waves, the ice-cold stream feeding into the sea. Hidden ten minutes up-stream you will find a small waterfall. The area is home to a friendly, native, fishing community, who run a small restaurant on the beach. Plan your visit to Bonete Beach and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Ilhabela road trip app .
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  • If you, like I, is a tourist who likes to travel to keep good, do not have fitness and when you go to the beach just thinks it's time to get (the sum + bronze beer is awesome, huh < 3), my recommendation is: just go to Bonete if you are really in the mood. I've done some rides, but nothing to compare to this. Went there on holiday of the day 20. Before road, I researched the access here on Trip Advisor and a few more blogs-today, I conclude that all of these evaluations were made by people who enjoy trails. Those that do not enjoy, nor were/are going to there. Well, all the evaluations reported that access was or through a trail of 15 km (which last an average of three hours and a half of walking; with 3 waterfalls by route), or by boat, you take off a pier/which is the area of the back of the House where you park the car ( next to the Restaurant). Thus, according to the readings (and already aware of how Ilhabela in relation to black flies), I was. My boyfriend and I left the car at home cited up there, and we started walking. The trail is very pretty, I don't deny; but from there, it was very up and down (hard), slippery rocks, bridges of tora (you gotta cross balancing), some passages that seem to have no end (between the first and second waterfall feels like forever) and, after 5 hours of walking , we're here. Honestly, I got destroyed, physically and psychologically. During these hours, I wanted to, literally, an airborne rescue HAHAHAHA stepping on sand, we went to the hostel, and after bathed and fed, strolled in the village. The finding about this end of the island is crawling with black flies, come soon: everyone USES football STOCKING. Impressive. Well. We spent 2 rainy days there. As the energy of the village works based on solar panels, dps of energy ran out 5:00 pm hostel-which was nice, because allowed people who were there, hosted, they could talk more with each other, also walked over the island and sleep early. This time also allowed a temperature favorable environment to spend the day wearing pants and long-sleeved shirt, taking a break in the frequent Citronella oil bath. It was nice, we rested a lot. PS: go into the sea one day and, as the amount of black flies there's really great, Citronella oil is not always effective. I left the sea RUNNING, my butt was awarded a 10 bites. Day back: I had already placed on my head that wouldn't do that trail again ever again; so, we went in search of a boatman. The day had dawned fine ash, with drizzle, but the Ferryman said that at noon, time would be more stable and that we can share the route with 2 more people, because the boat was was 6 (route: $60.00/person). At noon the weather was still bad, but the Ferryman reported that looked great, so we trust and we went. Almost have a thing for the 2 time-towering waves, I could have sworn that the boat was going to break at any moment because the bumps on the boat were frightening. After 40 min in this suffering, we arrived in the "pier", which in fact were 2 boards of push boat (backpacking, suspended boards in raging sea, all slippery ... just evens out even in divine grace). At the end of these boards, some rocks and, to our surprise (because no one talks that way, even on the island, and not in the recommendations on the internet) we were on a track again. Climb, climb and climb, for another 40 minutes we arrived at the track paved with mud in her hair. We entered the House we parked the car, we take a bath in an outside shower, and go home. Well, after this adventure to Bonete Beach, I inform you that you bring: (x) back and neck locked (x) aching legs (x) falls on the tracks endless bruises (x) trauma by facing the sea for a rain (x) bag of black flies-Yes, they went into hiding in the luggage and v ieram for SP I understand that many people really into the Río Negro, but I believe my review will serve to inform those who love the beach, but not necessarily this whole effort. The beach is beautiful? Yes. But it has beaches in Ubatuba, São Sebastião and Ilhabela itself so beautiful how much. If you're not hiker, not worth the agony.
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  • the only problem ... home of the black flies ... has thousands. Very repellent and willingness to go up and down hills.
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  • The beach really is very beautiful. But access is very complicated. We did, because we knew it was not easy to track. Because of high seas, the boat swayed enough and didn't have any pier to disembark. Not to mention that it is the place on the island with more black flies, we suffer with them. In addition, apart from the lack of structure, we don't think so. The Hill was full of garbage bags.
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With much of the island protected against overdevelopment, all but a handful of accommodations are found on the western coast of Ilhabela. There, upscale hotels with plenty of private grounds lie to the north or south of the main town. Look in the town itself for the main budget-friendly options, with characterful pousadas (guesthouses) the most popular option. The island can be pretty busy during peak seasons (especially summer, December to March), so booking ahead is essential. With the mainland so close, you can easily hop on the ferry back to Sao Sebastiao to sleep.
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