Angra dos Reis

Few years after Brazil was officially discovered, the Portuguese Crown sent another naval fleet commanded by the navigator Gaspar de Lemos to explore the new land. After navigating all over the Brazilian coast the colonizers stopped in a big bay area with green and calm waters, full of small islands and surrounded by mountain range covered by a rich and wonderful forest. Because it was Kings’ Day, they called that place Angra dos Reis ("Kings' Creek").

The history says they stopped there because of its strategic geographic location, but everybody agrees that the beauty of that region was a one good point in favor of that decision.
By that time local activities were mainly related to fishing, hunting and subsistence agriculture. Ilha Grande (Big Island), where the primitive village was raised, was a vast virgin forest, abounded in noble wood and inhabited by Tamoios and Tupinambás Indians. The following years were very rich because Angra was used as the port to send the gold extracted in Minas Gerais and the coffee cultivated in São Paulo to Europe. After the declining of the gold and coffee cycles, the region was forgotten, what helped to preserve its nature.

Five hundred years after the first ship landed, Angra dos Reis became one of the most charm and famous places of Brazil. Angra’s magnificent nature, with its 365 islands, one for each day of the year, and innumerous beaches attract tourist from all part of the world looking for peace, good weather and contact with nature. The green waters and dense forest found by the initial explorers are now a refugee of tourists and wealthy people who have elected Angra as their vacation destination.

Recently Angra was discovered by for sports’ lovers, as skiing, fishing and specially diving. Angra is considered one of the best places in the Brazil for diving, with tens of shipwrecks and rich sea life.
Brazilians like to make jokes about the intelligence of Portuguese. After visiting Angra, you will realize that Portuguese are more intelligent than we thought…

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See details and pictures of each attraction of this destination.

Cataguazes Island
Botinas Islands
Paqueta Island
Ilha Grande


  • The sea inside Angra’s Bay is normally calm. However, like everywhere, the sea is unpredictable. So if you suffer of seasickness, you better bring a medicine to avoid it.
  • Don’t forget to take your snorkeling equipment. The hotel normally rent this stuff, but many people prefer their own.
  • It is very common to see dolphins in the bay waters.
  • Like everywhere in Brazil, don’t forget your sun block.

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The climate is tropical, hot and very humid. Average temperatures vary between 25oC e 30oC the whole year, but may rise up to 40oC in the summer (from December to March).
The sun shines all year long, but the topography of the region, with the mountains surrounding the bay, makes the rains very constant, specially in the end of summer (February and March).
The winter (from June to August) is just a little bit colder and drier.
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Located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, less than 200km from the capital, it is easy to imagine that the population of Angra suffer a big influence the culture of the city of Rio, and most of the characteristics of Angra’s people are very similar to what is described in Rio’s summary. (please check Rio de Janeiro in Destinations area)
Most of Angra’s inhabitants are people that moved from Rio looking for some peace and good life. Angra is also used as weekend destination for many wealthy people from Rio and São Paulo, who have its mansions in the bay. Good examples are Mr. Ivo Pitanguy, famous plastic surgeon and Airton Senna, F1 pilot, dead in 1993.
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