Cruises from Ilhabela
Ilhabela, meaning Beautiful Island, has always held itself slightly apart from the mainland of Brazil. Discovered in 1502, the island has served as an outpost against foreign navies, pirates, slavery and smugglers. What makes Ilhabela unique is its pristine beaches and untouched rainforest. Head to one of the beaches in the state park, like Praia dos Castelhanos, a long, wild, and completely undeveloped stretch of beach.
There you'll see the deep blue sea and the mountains rising above the beach, covered in virgin rain forest. About 85% of the island is within Ilhabela State Park, with further development not allowed.