10 Most Beautiful Islands in Brazil

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Ilha do Cardoso

Ilha do Cardosa is the smallest island of the Pernambuco archipelago and a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by houses. In addition to being the most isolated point of the state, it is also the most beautiful for its landscapes and form.

Not only are you surrounded by the beauty of the landscape, you can also see the weird flora of the area. It is filled with, among other things, the beautiful Larvaria, which came to this place from another part of Brazil.

Ilha do Marajo

Ilha do Campeche

Mato Grosso.

Dubbed "South of the Equator", Campeche Island has a microclimate that makes it more attractive than its northern counterparts while still having the.

Capabilities for growth and development.

The island is estimated to be approximately 165,000 hectares in size, with a population of about 3,400 people (as of 2004). It is a destination for tourism, with beaches, ecotourism attractions, water sports, nature tours by boat, and surrounding islands accessible from land or sea.

Campeche is an island located off the northern coast of Brazil's first state, Mato Grosso, roughly halfway between the states of Mato Grosso and Para. According to the Environmental Preservation Fund, Campeche is one of Brazil's 10 most beautiful and most ecologically valuable islands.

Known by tourists simply as "Ilha da Gordura," the "Fat Island", which is 99% covered by coconut palms, was once home to just a handful of people who were forced to abandon the island due to lack of water.

Today, the island is home to around 3,000 residents as tourism has become an important part of the island's economy. Campeche is connected to the mainland by a 12-hour ferry ride (or catamaran) and is one of the more developed mainland communities of the region.

Ilha de Itamaraca

Itamarac’s lagoon is home to a distinct variety of spiny lobster (platypus). Many of the surrounding islands also have notable sea life to explore.

The Itamaraca National Park is also home to a great variety of wildlife. Six species of monkeys live in the tropical forest on the national park and 70 species of birds make their homes in the overgrown palms and forest foliage.

Due to its location on its own little island and its many beaches, Itamarac’s lagoon is a great swimming destination for visitors.

The lagoon’s waters are some of the clearest in the country. Visitors looking to relax or take a soak in the beach can walk right into the ocean around the island.

A great food option is to sample the fresh fish caught in the lagoon.

Ilha do Mel

(Island of Honey)

—Pernambuco state, Brazil.

Ilha do Mel (Island of Honey) is located in the Recife-Olinda Archipelago, in the state of Pernambuco. It is one of the least known islands of the state.

The main characteristics of this island are its natural wonders, including the tropical vegetation, coral reefs, the sea and the vast areas of sand. With the long and marshy bays, ideal for the creation of lagoons, this island is part of the Recife-Olinda Archipelago, the largest ecosystem in the Brazilian coast. Ilha do Mel has a vast expanse of sand, with some 500 kilometers of coastline.

Surprisingly, one of the most attractive marvels of this island is the underwater marine life of the coral reefs, which are currently under threat. It is believed that the island is rich in gold.

The population in this island is about 4,000 inhabitants. All tourists come for the island’s beautiful beaches and the clear, blue sea water.

Ilha do Mel is located between the municipalities of Recife and Olinda. From Recife, it is possible to access it by ferry.

The Parish of Ilha do Mel, in the municipality of Olinda, has an adequate infrastructure in terms of public health and education.


Ilha de Santa Catarina

The largest island in the state of Santa Catarina, this island is often compared to Hawaii in the United States. Beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and a mild climate make this one of the most popular islands in Brazil. However, due to the popularity of the island, there are only around 11,000 permanent residents.

The island is well known for its annual carnival, which takes place around Easter. Many of the costumes and floats for this carnival have been shipped overseas from Brazil’s most celebrated carnival on the island of Olinda in the state of Pernambuco.

Most of the population is concentrated in the town of Joinville. One of the most popular activities on this island is swimming. Joinville has three main beaches boasting snow-white sand and turquoise waters.

The island’s best-known attraction is the stunning natural aquarium. The Recreio dos Valverdes Aquarium features dozens of types of fish that live in their natural habitat.

The Santa Catarina Turtle Sanctuary is also a popular attraction. It features five different types of endangered sea turtles and is home to the world’s largest collection of sea turtles.

Ilha de Tinhare

Ilha Grande

I±lha Grande is a blue dot on the southwestern tip of Brazil's Alagoas state. The island is very isolated because boats are not allowed to come from the mainland to this island. It is a place with great beauty for its solitude.

Ilha Grande is very popular among Brazilian tourists for sailing excursions or ecotourism trips. The best time to visit this island is between May and December.

A small airport (Farlau Airport) was inaugurated in August 2011 on the island, which is now allowed access throughout the year.

It has a large park where you can enjoy nature. The Catholic Church and the Forte das Ostras, an old Portuguese fort, are also interesting to visit.

Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha has an impressive combination of grand diversity in landscapes, intense life and unique fauna. The island, in the middle of Brazilian archipelago, possesses plenty of natural attractions: landscapes, tree-rich formations, natural reserves, lagoons, mountains and spectacular flora and fauna.

It is also the perfect place for adventurous ecotourism: from canoe paddling to diving, beach walking to kayaking, bird watching to hiking.

Fernando de Noronha has an impressive combination of grand diversity in landscapes, intense life and unique fauna.

It is also the perfect place for adventurous ecotourism: from canoe paddling to diving, beach walking to kayaking, bird watching to hiking.

Map of the most beautiful islands in Brazil