Paraty is a beautiful colonial town hidden in a tropical paradise. It has become a popular tourist destination in the last years. The town has a historical center with cobblestoned streets where cars are forbidden.
The Portuguese and colonial architecture has been perfectly preserved and several buildings have been reconverted into shops and restaurants.
Most of the island beaches can be visited by boats leaving from Paraty’s Cais de Porto. Those up and down the coastline can be reached by car or bus. Although the town has its own beaches, they aren’t that attractive. Cleaner and more deserted beaches are Praia do Forte and Praia do Jabaquara. The last one is known for its medicinal mud being rich in iodine. It has several kiosks, hostels and a camping.
Some of the finest and most easily accessible beaches are at Trindade, a fishing village with hippie atmosphere, about 25 km from Paraty. The beaches of Cepilho and Brava are ideal for surfing, while Praia do Meio and Praia Cachadaҫo are famous for their natural pools.
One of Trinidade’s most beautiful beaches is Praia do Sono. It has fine sand and crystal clear water. It is a beach with native and savage vegetation. There is a small fishing community that lives there. You can access the beach from a trail that begins near Laranjeiras Condominium.
Paraty is famous for its festivals. 40 days after Carnaval Festa do Divino takes place. Religious parades and celebrations are held along with theatrical and musical performances in the street.
During the third weekend in August, people from all over the country come to Festival da Pinga, to taste the many different kinds of cachaҫa, Brazil’s local liquor.