Paqueta Island Beach, Rio de Janeiro

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Island Beach
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 »
  • Taking the boat to Paqueta Island close to Carnival break was awesome, beautiful view and pleasant walk throught the island.  more »
  • Ilha Paqueta or Paqueta Island is like going back in time or going to a whole other world right outside of Rio.One of the best day trip I've taken in Brazil and next time I think I'll try and spend th...  more »