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Lopes Mendes Beach

Go surfing or snorkeling at one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil after meeting monkeys and parrots in the forest.

The most famous beach on Ilha Grande, Lopes Mendes Beach lives up to its reputation as a sandy haven with fluffy white sand and crystalline water. The wide strand is almost  miles (3 kilometers) long and lies at the end of a hilly trail through dense thickets of tropical forests. Take photos of this iconic stretch of sand, whose beauty is ample reward for the rigorous journey. 

Enjoy the utter serenity of this tranquil beach, which is free of structures, boats and Jet Skis. Bring any equipment you might want, such as deck chairs, to this isolated bay as you won’t find any stands selling or renting these items. You can purchase snacks and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, from the few small stalls on site. Rent short or long boards here to take out on the consistent waves of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sunbathe and listen to the sound of the soothing waves and accompanying wind. Beachcomb for shells and other aquatic treasures on this long beach. The sand may feel powdery like fresh snow beneath your feet. Cool down with a swim in the refreshing water or jump into the waves with your family. Relax with a book in the shaded section by the trees at the back of the beach.

Embark on a hike along the steep trails in the forest. Brown howler monkeys, red-browed parrots and lizards are among the exotic creatures that live between the trees. Along the way, stop at some of the smaller and lesser-known beaches, which are also quite beautiful.

Lopes Mendes Beach is on the eastern flank of the picturesque landmass of Ilha Grande. Take a boat from Vila do Abraão to Pouso Beach and hike about 20 minutes through the forest to Lopes Mendes Beach, which faces south toward the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, you can hike through the Atlantic rainforest for 2 to 3 hours to get here from town. Visit nearby highlights, including the Ponta dos Castelhanos, Santo Antonio Beach and Caxadaço Beach with a guide. 


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Atlantica Jungle Lodge
Atlantica Jungle Lodge

Atlantica Jungle Lodge

Praia do Pouso S/N, Ilha Grande, RJ
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Ilha Grande pousada is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mangues Beach and Lopes Mendes Beach. Palmas Beach and Guriri Point are also within 5 minutes.

    Pousada Portal do Sol
    Pousada Portal do Sol

    Pousada Portal do Sol

    Praia da Guaxuma, s/n, Ilha Grande, RJ
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Ilha Grande pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Guaxuma Beach and Abraaozinho Beach. Abraao Beach and Saint Sebastian Church are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Cabanas Paraíso
      Cabanas Paraíso

      Cabanas Paraíso

      Praia Brava De Palmas - Ilha Grande, Ilha Grande, RJ
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Ilha Grande cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Brava Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Lopes Mendes Beach. Palmas Beach and Guriri Point are also within 5 minutes.

        Pousada Praia da Crena AU$176
        Pousada Praia da Crena

        Pousada Praia da Crena

        Praia da Crena, Ilha Grande, RJ
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Ilha Grande pousada is within a 10-minute walk of Guaxuma Beach, Abraaozinho Beach and Praia da Bica. Abraao Cove and Abraao Beach are also within 15 minutes.

          Asalem
          Asalem

          Asalem

          Praia da Crena S/N, Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ilha Grande, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guaxuma Beach and Abraaozinho Beach. Abraao Beach is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away.

            CLH Suítes Ilha Grande AU$39
            CLH Suítes Ilha Grande

            CLH Suítes Ilha Grande

            Rua Getúlio Vargas 724, Vila do Abraao, Ilha Grande
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this hostel is steps away from Abraao Beach, Abraao Cove and Praia da Júlia. Praia da Bica and Elite Dive Center are also within 10 minutes.

              Pousada Caúca
              Pousada Caúca

              Pousada Caúca

              Rua Getulio Vargas, 300, Vila do Abraao, Ilha Grande, RJ
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this pousada is within a 10-minute walk of Elite Dive Center, Saint Sebastian Church and Abraao Beach. Abraao Cove and Praia da Bica are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Che Lagarto Hostel Ilha Grande
                Che Lagarto Hostel Ilha Grande

                Che Lagarto Hostel Ilha Grande

                Rua Canto da Praia, 0, Abraão, Ilha Grande, RJ
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this hostel is steps away from Abraao Beach, Abraao Cove and Praia da Júlia. Praia da Bica and Elite Dive Center are also within 10 minutes.