West of Rio de Janeiro lies one of the most beautiful landscapes in Brazil: the Costa Verde (Green Coast). No greater contrast is imaginable: Rio’s overpopulated favelas, loud traffic jams and droves of tourists make way for tropical rainforest, colonial towns and quiet tropical beaches. The highlight along the Green Coast is Ilha Grande, the ‘Large Island’, which has been declared a national park.
Ask any Carioca, a Rio local, what paradise looks like and the answer will most likely be: Ilha Grande. The island can be reached by (rental) car or bus (2.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis), and then a ferry (1.5 hours). Therefore, it certainly is not a day trip; Brazilians reserve a charming pousada (bed and breakfast) and make it an overnight getaway.
“Explore car-free Ilha Grande on foot or by boat along 107 beaches”