Paqueta Island Beach, Rio de Janeiro

3.4
#8 of 12 in Nature in Rio de Janeiro
This beautifully landscaped island will charm you, not for any one reason, but rather with its amalgam of gentle pace, cobblestone streets, tree-lined beaches, graceful old summer homes, and excellent views of Guanabara Bay. There are no cars on Paqueta Island Beach, and you will appreciate the peace and quiet after the chaos of Rio. To get around you can either walk, rent a bicycle, or take a horse-drawn carriage, stopping to explore small, deserted coves, stunning colonial architecture, and lush parks that you pass. Ten of the island’s trees are under official protection, with the most famous being “Maria Gorda"--Fat Maria--, an African baobab, which islanders kiss for luck. With our world travel planner, Rio de Janeiro attractions like Paqueta Island Beach can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Paquetá island is located in the interior northeast of Guanabara Bay, in the neighborhood of Paquetá, in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. The main way to get to the island is via the ferry from the 15 Square.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Great place to picnic, cycling because the foot you just boring and spend the day, good to get away from the routine of the big city, a very quiet place.
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  • September 12, 2017
    I liked this island, but when it's very full gets nasty, as it has a very small beach. I arrived very early and took the empty Beach, it was great!
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