Bonete Beach, Ilhabela

4.6
#1 of 23 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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  • October 3, 2017
    The beach is beautiful and has an amazing energy. Everything we needed this weekend. Preserved nature and vila caiçara.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Very well-marked track with bridges in the waterfall (was hotter when passing through inside them but during the rainy season the life of caiçara was hampered when had to travel by land). Are more or less 10 km from the edge of the Sepituba where you must leave your car in the parking lot. Rudimentary but safe. Climbs and steep descents highlighting Laje, Silver Hill, and waterfall of Sanded. I advise you not to bring backpacks with too much weight. All this is compensated when after a 4.00 hours of walking you will find the beautiful Praia do Bonete (there's still half an hour to get there). It's like if you went in the tunnel of time and retrocedesse some 100 years. Different accent, very kind people (not all) and hostels amazingly good for a place so inhospitable. The houses recently received fovoltaica power and doubts have internet signal the modem of the municipal school. Simple but tasty restaurant and cold beer what a few years was impossible. Go! I've done it dozens of times and I want to do it again but the body not agreeing too!
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  • September 28, 2017
    The trail is not difficult, despite some climbs well ingrimes, you can make quiet and enjoy the 3 waterfalls and views of the sea from time to time appears. Most of the track is made in the shade and I can hear the sound of the waves. From time to time appear some animals too, especially squirrels and lizards, we get to see a snake came out quickly from the way (nothing to fear). Bonete track has 11 km to race to the "concierge", but if you park in the parking lot of Ademir, next to the New York Restaurant (which is recommended for those who will come back by boat), adds more or less 2 km away (30 min). That's what we did, you pay R $20.00 in the parking lot. These early extra kilometers by road is easy, with a few climbs, but no big deal. Arriving at the gate it gets a little tougher, with some climbs well ingrimes. I considered this snippet to the waterfall of La the hardest, did in 40 min I can rest a little in the waterfall and follow. The second section between the cachoeira da Lage and Sanded waterfall I believe it is the longest, but it's pretty easy, you can make a good rhythm. After the Sanded, the final part has some more good climbs and descents, but nothing too complicated. In this final part is very cool the time you can see the beach for the first time, it feels really good. There's a fork that leads to a gazebo, worth following for her. Soon after, returning to the track, comes the Bag falls and from there to the beach is nearby. The beach itself is very pretty, but for those who just want a good beach to sit down and have a beer it's not worth it. What really worth is to do the trail, go in the viewpoints, meet the friendly villagers and live the experience of being in a place virtually isolated. Sure enough 2 days to meet, because there's not much to do. In my case, I finished the trail a 3:00 pm (we started the 9:30 and stopped in 3 waterfalls and lookout-we can do it faster), I did check in at the Pousada da Rosa and I went to the beach, very windy, so we didn't even get to enjoy both (lightweight shirt). Let's get going in the restaurant of the Pousada Canto Bravo, which is pretty cool, very well-served portions (R $100.00 two parts and 4 beers can), we stayed until about 6:00 pm. We slept quite early, like 8:00 pm, exhausted, but more because it was cloudy and even I could see the stars in the sky over the beach. So not much to do. From what I understand, there for a 11:00 pm power has been turned off, but not fouled. Wake up the 4:30 and we wait for the sunrise on the beach (wait because it rises behind mountains, it takes a little while to show up.. hahah), was very cold because of the wind. In the other corner of the beach, near the River, has a viewpoint very Nema sensational accessible via a short trail. I believe it is quite beautiful to see the sunrise from there (we didn't because we didn't know the trail and it was dark, but it's worth it because the trail is quiet). We went to this viewpoint in the morning, he calls his Lookout bar and you can see both the Bonete Beach (the best view of it) as the beach of Anchovies and other. On the way we passed the Poço Fundo (no big deal). On the day we arrived the track a boy came to offer the service to return by boat, I agreed with him out the next day, the 12:00 and so we did. Was in R $120.00, because there was only me and my girlfriend, but if you have more people it's cheaper. The boat ride is an attraction, go prepared to get wet too, looks like a roller coaster because of the waves, I thought it was pretty fun, but depending on the person, can be scared. On the way we saw a turtle at sea. Arriving at the place of landing, still have to climb up a trail right to the parking lot, the first trial of a last fling before I get in the car and go. In short, for those who like trail, waterfall, beach, beautiful views and adventure (boat ride), this beach you will have it all. A day and a half is enough to make the score, know the beach and everything else ... Ahhh, what about the black flies, go without fear, there, but for those who are used to kill. Use the Extreme Exposis repellent and reapply whenever I sweat or get wet and take an allergy pill just in case.
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