Paqueta Island Beach, Rio de Janeiro

(3.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange your visit to Paqueta Island Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro family vacation planner.
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  • The island is located in Guanabara Bay, about one hour by ferry from "Estação das Barcas" is a worthwhile site to visit when in Rio. Beautiful ferry and boat trip and the scenery is beautiful. On the ...  more »
  • There's a park with many trees being a good place for dating or take pictures, takes place to eat and spend the night.
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  • In the middle of Guanabara Bay, you will find a small island, that stopped in time. You walk by foot, wagon or biciceta, to meet the beaches. In 1843, Joaquim Manuel de Macedo wrote the novel "the Moreninha", the story could have really happened on the island of Paquetá
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