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Sailing Capital

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Ilhabela is located in the northern coast of the state of São Paulo, about 210 km from the capital city and is the biggest sea island in Brazil. Also known as the Sailing Capital, the archipelago has 340 km² and around 150 km of coastline.

Special features
There are more than 40 beaches, some deserted and others equipped with complete infrastructure. It is possible to enjoy the Vila – as the historical center of Ilhabela is called – which offers restaurants, ice cream shops and stores.

Ilhabela State Park represents 85% of the archipelago’s territory, which ensures the permanent preservation of one of the last and most beautiful remaining areas of the Atlantic Forest in the state of São Paulo. There you can also find all the infrastructure you need for both sea and land sports.

Sightseeing and beaches

For those who love diving, in addition to about 400 waterfalls, Ilhabela has 70 km of virgin cliffs that you can access by the sea and that have become a true ship graveyard.

The winds and currents in Sao Sebastian canal, which separates the archipelago from the continent, makes the spot a perfect course for sailing and other sea sports competitions.

The south and east sides of Ilhabela were declared a National Landmark, and ecological tours can only happen if accompanied by a specialized guide. In the north and west, the beaches are calmer and perfect for bathing. In the town center, colonial buildings from the time of its foundation are the main feature.

The Bonete beach and trail, Gato Waterfall, Cabras Island, Castelhanos Bay, Juliao Beach, and Curral Beach are the most sought by tourists.

Tip: some cruise ships include Ilhabela in their itinerary. Check the specialized companies in your city.

Other close beaches

Take the opportunity to visit other beautiful beaches in the Sao Paulo coastline, such as Guaruja (140 km) and Ubatuba (83,5 km).

The closest airport to Ilhabela is in São Paulo Airport.


To get to the island you must go to Sao Sebastiao and, from there, take the ferry to Ilhabela. Check the timetable.

Personal or rental vehicles

You can rent a car in Sao Paulo and drive to Ilhabela (about 210 km). Check the route.

Personal or rental vehicle
You can rent a car to move around the beaches in Ilhabela. This map can help you.


If you are with a larger group, it is possible to rent a van to visit the town. This map can help you move around.

Ilhabela City Government
Tourism in Ilhabela

Ilhabela’s area code is 12.

127 volts

Tourism Secretariat: +55 (12) 3895-7220

Take mosquito repellent with you.