Destination guide

Explore the Big Island

The large Brazilian island of Ilha Grande lies off the mainland, some 100 miles or do from Rio de Janeiro. The name may translate to Big Island, but there are no roads that cross it, nor are there any motorized vehicles. To get around from your Ilha Grande vacation rental, you're going to have to do it the old-fashioned way, by foot or bicycle. The island has had a fascinating history. For years it was closed off to the outside world by the government, and even served as a maximum-security prison. Today, it's open to all who come for it's unspoiled beauty.

Things to do

A fascinating history

Dragging yourself away from the swathes of sandy beach and shallow turquoise ocean is going to be tough, but if you do, you'll find plenty of interesting historical attractions that make the effort worthwhile. Getting to the Museu do Carcere is easy from your Ilha Grande vacation rental and when you're there you can see the site of the last jailhouse on the island. Though destroyed, the museum houses a collection of historical exhibits. Alternatively, visit the striking Igreja de Sao Sebastiao or the Assembleia de Deus churches.


One of the best beaches in the world

As it's an island, it won't be a surprise to hear that most of the activities are focused around the sea. Whether you want to board kayaks or paddling boards to cruise across the ocean's surface, hoist the sails of the yacht or go hiking along the coastline trails, Ilha Grande has everything you need. With miles of sandy beach, you'll not going to want to miss a bit of sun worshipping and there's no better place to do it than Lopes Mendes, voted as one of the most scenic beaches in the world by Vogue magazine.


No right or wrong time to visit

Other than March, when the afternoons have a little rain, there's no right or wrong times to stay in an Ilha Grande vacation rental. Between December and February, the skies of clear, bright and the temperature can often surpass 100 degrees. It's also the busiest time of year with domestic and international travelers descending onto the gorgeous beaches. If you want to go at this time, be sure to book up early. Outside these months, the temperature is a little more moderate and with the kids back in school, it can be wonderfully peaceful along the beaches and hiking trails.

Natural features

Pristine Atlantic rainforest

This eco-friendly island has one of the largest tracts of pristine Atlantic rainforest in the country. It's rich in biodiversity, so wildlife lovers will not be disappointed. As you hike around the island, look up into the trees and you'll likely spot a noisy howler monkey making his morning calls, a lazy maned sloth sleeping in the branches or the flutter of a red-browed Amazon parrot. A trip under the water's surfaces reveals a vast list of marine species including sharks, sea turtles and migrating whale species. All this, just minutes from your Ilha Grande vacation rental.

How many vacation rentals are available around Ilha Grande, BR?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 286 vacation rentals around Ilha Grande. From 188 house rentals to 63 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ilha Grande?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ilha Grande. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Angra dos Reis: 487 vacation rentals
  • Mangaratiba: 340 vacation rentals
  • Conceicao de Jacareí: 158 vacation rentals
  • Paraty: 467 vacation rentals
  • Porto Frade: 48 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ilha Grande! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ilha Grande?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ilha Grande:

  • Angra dos Reis: 487 rentals
  • Mangaratiba: 340 rentals
  • Paraty: 467 rentals
  • Cunha: 765 rentals
  • São José do Barreiro: 70 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ilha Grande?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ilha Grande. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Laboratorio Beach: 443 rentals
  • Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: 380 rentals
  • Angra dos Reis Port: 487 rentals
  • Abraao Beach: 402 rentals
  • Parati-Mirim Beach: 409 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ilha Grande listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Ilha Grande

Laboratorio Beach
443 vacation rentals
Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
380 vacation rentals
Angra dos Reis Port
487 vacation rentals
Abraao Beach
402 vacation rentals
Parati-Mirim Beach
409 vacation rentals
Lopes Mendes Beach
352 vacation rentals
Angra dos Reis City Hall
487 vacation rentals
Ilha Grande State Park
446 vacation rentals
Nossa Senhora da Lapa e Boa Morte Church (Sacred Art Museum)
487 vacation rentals
Jorge Grego Island
295 vacation rentals
Ilha da Madeira
78 vacation rentals
Sandri Island
608 vacation rentals
Engenho Central do Bracuhy Ruins
425 vacation rentals
Cunhambebe Grande Island
426 vacation rentals
Mambucaba Beach
593 vacation rentals
Abraaozinho Beach
394 vacation rentals
Pelado Island
495 vacation rentals
Elite Dive Center
402 vacation rentals
Coroa Grande Beach
77 vacation rentals
Cunhambebe Mirim or Mandala Island
420 vacation rentals