Rio de Janeiro Vacation ’08

Ipanema winter

Ok, this is a winter day on a Rio de Janeiro vacation, better than any day we had all summer here in Southern California! This last summer was colder on the coast in Southern California than the winter on Ipanema beach in Rio. Hmm, now the winter is coming, OMG, I need a tropical beach injection!! I'm sure you feel the same.


Check out my trip packages for the Rio de Janeiro vacation, there is even more available than listed in which we could customize your tour for you, like throw in a trip to Ilha Grande.

Ilha Grande is the largest of the 365 islands that are off la Costa Verde (the green coast), between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. You hop on boat to get there from the port city Angra dos Reis, a two hour drive south of Rio. There are pousadas (beach rentals) on the island as well, you could spend a couple nights if you like, to check out the whole island and or chill out and get a break from all the action in Rio.

There only two ways to tour around Ilha Grande, by trail on foot or by boat. There are no motorized vehicles on the island and the beaches are uncrowded and very beautiful, as you can see in this picture I took below. You can even rent a surfboard and hit the surf over a nice sand break.

Two Girls on Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a great spot, so close yet so far from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro, another great option once you're in Brazil. See you on your Rio de Janeiro vacation!

Sandro del Mundo

Author Sandro Marino

Sandro Marino - Dual Citizen, Multilingual, World Traveling Serial Entrepreneur, Concierge, Speaker, Coach, Blogger, Health & Fitness Guru, Expert Snow Skier, Surfer & Beach Lover