Brazil yacht charter
One of the best-kept charter vacation secrets is the coast of Brazil, which some say is much like the Caribbean before it was discovered. This huge South American country is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities, from the original indigenous peoples and 16th Century Portuguese explorers to the much more recent immigrants from Italy Germany and Lebanon. You’ll be sure to have a rich variety of cultural and taste sensations when cruising in these waters.
One area that is growing in popularity for chartering is Angra dos Reis (Bay of Kings) on the Costa Verde, in the state of Rio de Janeiro on the southeastern coast. Located in a large bay sheltered from the Atlantic by Ilha Grande, a looming island, this delightful cruising area has 365 islands to explore, as the locals say “one for every day of the year”.
The short distances between the islands encourage you to stop frequently and explore secluded anchorages, snorkel or dive (the water is deliciously warm; even in winter it’s around 25°C), have a barbecue, or follow the many trails into the rainforest to swim in the waterfalls.
Some beaches are serene and untouched whilst others have bustling nightlife and some even have floating bars; so whether you’re in the mood for tranquillity or partying, you’ll be able to find the perfect location.
Ilha Grande itself is a popular spot with holidaying Brazilians, so it’s a great place to try out the local food and dancing. On the mainland, the historic old town of Parati is charming, with Portuguese architecture dating back hundreds of years, and the gorgeous old buildings bedecked with flowers along cobbled streets.
And of course the Costa Verde is just a couple of hours from vibrant Rio itself, a wonderful juxtaposition with the peace and quiet of forest-fringed beaches.
Ilha Grande, Praia Lopes Mendes: Ilha Grande, South of Rio, is famous for its lovely beaches and forest trials – and one of the best beaches is Praia Lopes Mendes, a flawless curve of pale yellow sand, backed by palms and lapped by water that gradually changes from azure to turquoise. Close-up it is even better: an ultra-wide beach of perfectly clean sand with a safely shelving profile, bounded by granite outcrops and usually only visited by a handful of people along its three kilometre length. To top it all, there is no rubbish, no seaweed and no flotsam or jetsam.
Using a helicopter to get around in Brazil, especially in-an-around Rio, is much safer and often more convenient than using a car. It’s also a great way to see the sights – especially the statue of Christ the Redeemer.