Colonial Paradise in Paraty
A beautiful colonial town nestled on the coast between two of Brazil's busiest cities - São Paulo and Rio De Janeiro. It's a great place to stop off for a few nights to take advantage of the amazing beaches, islands, hikes, boat trips, day trips and the historical town centre.
We arrived late so on our first day we walked around the outskirts to lots of shops selling clothes, Haviana flip flops and fancy swim wear just to see the town. This isn't the prettiest part of town and it didn't help our first impressions really! From here you can walk into the historical cobbled streets but we saved this for the next day when we wandered around, into even more shops, past some beautiful restaurants and around the beautiful but tricky to walk on cobbles! We found lots of iconic churches and the main pier with the famous colourful boats moored up. Keep walking and get lost in the little streets, watching horses and carts pass by and then you'll reach the in-town beach. Which, although not the best, it's full of restaurants and people swimming joyfully in the sea!
If you like beaches then definitely take a schooner boat trip which will stop at various beaches and pretty view points. There are SO many options, you can go on a boat which has unlimited Caprianhis served all day, some include lunch or an on board BBQ. We booked our tour through Paraty Tours and we went on Netun 2 which stopped at some lovely beaches and you could rent snorkel equipment on board to swim amongst the fishes in the warm sea water. I can highly recommend this company and this boat. We opted to take snacks on board and not buy the luncheon which was relatively expensive (in terms of Brazil prices!)
We stayed in Bossa Nova Hostel which is okay, but I wouldn't recommend it, its slightly out of town and has some improving to do in terms of general cleanliness! There's lots of accommodation options in Paraty, but often it gets booked up quickly...