View down a cobblestoned street lined with white-washed colonial single story buildings and the view of the harbor in the distance.

Paraty, Brazil: Exploring a Colonial Jewel

Lying halfway between Rio and São Paulo, set amid blue ocean and jagged green mountains, Paraty is one of the most charismatic colonial towns you’ll ever encounter. Read on for the top sights, places to stay, and things to do in Paraty.

Two boats float offshore as gentle waves lap on the shore of a wide sandy beach with dense tropical foliage just beyond.

Ilha Grande and Ilha Gipóia in Brazil’s Angra Bay

The largest of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Angra, Ilha Grande boasts more than 100 pristine white-sand beaches. The second largest island, Ilha Gipóia is also the most visited, blessed with its own beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving.