ABOUT UBATUBA: Ubatuba is located
in the state of Sao Paulo, 234km from São Paulo
City, and 324km from Rio de Janeiro City. There live
about 67.000 people, but during high season the population
increase three times or more. The distance to Ilhabela
is approx 85km, to Caraguatatuba 55km, to Paraty 75km,
to Guaruja/Santos 213/225km, and to the port in Angra
dos Reis 175km.
HOW IS UBATUBA:
Ubatuba is one of the best places in Brazil to practice
surf, nautical sports, scuba diving, fishing, bird
watching and eco tourism in general. There are many
beaches spread out over a geographically big area,
with options for all kinds of audiences – from
the high waves of Itamambuca to the calms waters of
Lázaro. Uninhabited beaches such as Brava,
Almada, Cedro draw one’s attention, and the
access to them is made through tracks. For those looking
for movement, the best option is “Grande”
Beach or the schooner rides to Anchieta Island. The
services are focused on Itaquá and Centro beaches,
with a developed infrastructure to welcome visitors
all year long. Another wonder Ubatuba exhibits are
the preserved stretches of “Mata Atlântica”
(Atlantic Rain Forest), at Serra do Mar Park, on the
region’s far north. The city north limits is
the historical city of Parati, in the state of Rio
de Janeiro; southward, Caraguatatuba, in the state
of São Paulo; westward you can reach Vale do
Paraíba, in the same state.
HOW TO GO:
Main access highways: Leaving São Paulo city
you will have two options. One is taking Presidente
Dutra highway or Ayrton Senna/Carvalho highway Pinto
up to São José dos Campos, following
along Tamoios highway up to Caraguatatuba and Rio-Santos
highway (toward Rio de Janeiro) up to Ubatuba. The
other way is by means of Presidente Dutra or Ayrton
Senna/Carvalho Pinto highway up to Taubaté,
following along Osvaldo Cruz highway straight to Ubatuba.
TO GO / CLIMATE: Ubatuba’s climate
is humid temperate. And the region’s annual
average temperature is 21ºC, with highs of 21ºC
and lows of 15ºC.
Ubatuba “Horto Florestal”
It is an Experimental Station of the Agriculture Agency
and is part of Campinas Agronomic Institute. Its major
purpose is analyzing and studying the main plants
and their adaptation to the region climate and soil.
It is a beautiful and interesting walk – the
“Horto” has avenues filled with leafy
trees and imperial palm trees, making up a very pleasant
“Casa da Farinha”
A historical site amid the preserved “Mata Atlântica”,
“Casa de Farinha” is the beginning of
an important track through the "Jatobá",
"Poço da Rasa" beach reaching the
Corisco Hill. However, these tracks must only be taken
when monitored by specialized guides, who will also
be able to provide thorough information about the
site history and Mata Atlântica, making the
ride an unforgettable experience.
The Sea Turtles (TAMAR) Project was created in 1980
in order to protect from extinction five species of
turtles which use the Brazilian coastline to feed
and reproduce. A program to protect these species
has been developed with activities designed to environmental
education, scientific research, and social and community
actions, involving local residents.
Santa Cruz Farm
A private property with most of its area inside the
Serra do Mar State Park – Picinguaba Center,
a state conservation unit. The Park aims at ensuring
the protection of forests, wild animals, rivers, and
wellsprings, toward the region environmental and tourist
preservation, as well as the quality of life of residents
Lagoinha Ruins –
By means of Rio-Santos highway toward Caraguatatuba-Ubatuba,
it is possible to see a traffic sign when the beach
ends, showing the Lagoinha Ruins. On the left is a
road, 500 meter after which, you can reach one of
Ubatuba’s many attractions. It is a place where
the Brazilian colonial history can be breathed in
and, with a small work of imagination, you can travel
back to the past and visualize foremen and slaves
in their daily works.
de Pescados” (Fish Market)
It lies beside Barra dos Pescadores and is a great
shopping option for those who enjoy cooking fresh
fish and seafood.
It provides its visitors with the chance of closely
meeting some of the complex sea world, having among
its attraction 12 salt water tanks – among which
is one of Brazil’s largest sea tanks, with 80
thousand liters – with specimens from the local
fauna and other oceans.
Serra do Mar State Park
Created in 1977, the Serra do Mar State Park (PESM)
is the largest park in São Paulo, with 315,390
hectares devoted to preservation, environmental education,
valuation of the local culture, and scientific research.
Its surroundings have virtually every ecosystem representing
the Mata Atlântica. Ubatuba shelters the only
stretch of the PESM which reaches sea level, thus
protecting the coastal ecosystems, as well as five
beaches and two villages – Cambury and Picinguaba
– whose residents also preserve aspects of their
traditional culture. It is an environmentally strategic
point as it links the PESM to Serra de Bocaina National
Park by overlapping both units, integrating them to
a group comprised by the Cairuçu Environmental
Protection Area and the Joatinga Ecologic Reserve.
already in the city of Parati, state of Rio de Janeiro.
It is the largest island of Ubatuba. It shelters a
portion of Serra do Mar State Park. There are schooner
rides which take visitors to some of its beaches –
Engenho, Palmas, and Presídio. Departures from
Saco da Ribeira.
Ubatuba has some of the best diving points of the
northern coastline of São Paulo state. And
it has special features – calm, clear waters
with pleasant temperatures – which make up the
perfect scenario for practicing free diving or snorkeling.
One of the most required sites is "Praia do Leste”
(Eastern Beach). Local tourist agencies offer courses
and rent equipment.
Located in front of “Ilha do Tamanduá”
(Tamanduá Island), it is great for diving and
practicing nautical sports.
Ponta Aguda Beach
Despite of being difficult to reach, it is very much
visited for fishing and nautical sports. It comprises
one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region.
Brava do Frade Beach
It has a narrow sandy stretch and its access is only
It is the starting point for one of the most beautiful
ecological tracks offered there.
A former colonial farm which lived on livestock, nowadays
it is one of the city’s most visited sites.
A complete beach, with many natural beauties and an
infrastructure of commerce and services in order to
please all demands.
Ruins of the first glass factory in Brazil.
Bonete Beach and Grande
One of the most gorgeous routes of São Paulo
coastline, with clear sands and waters. Toward Bonete,
the access is made on foot and lasts about 40 minutes,
It is full of huge rocks comprising appealing caverns
and passages across the coast.
Brava da Fortaleza Beach
A real paradise surrounded by the Mata Atlântica.
A large beach with a very calm sea – good for
you and your children.
Domingas Dias Beach
A small roadstead of still and clear waters. The access
is made by means of Lázaro Beach.
A place with many summer resort houses, it is one
of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches for bathing
in the entire region.
Famous because it shelters the “Gruta que Chora”
(Crying Cavern), a place involved in many legends
Saco da Ribeira Beach
A nautical environment with rides leading to Anchieta
A point where schooner riders to Anchieta Island stop.
One of the most fascinating beaches of Anchieta Island.
Still waters, suitable to diving.
It shelters the Oceanographic Institute of São
Paulo University - USP.
Perequê Mirim Beach
Still water beaches, excellent for families.
Santa Rita Beach
Tiptop for children, as it has still and crystal-clear
It has calm waters and a full hotel infrastructure.
It concentrates several bars and kiosks that add to
this bustling place.
This is Ubatuba’s most visited beach. Excellent
to practice surf.
It has white and soft sands across the breakwater,
but the waves are extremely strong.
Vermelha do Centro Beach
It is covered by velvety sand with beautiful shells.
It is the city’s most amusing point near downtown.
It has countless bars.
Cruzeiro Beach (Iperoig)
The place where José de Anchieta (also known
as Joseph Anchieta) wrote his poem to the Virgin.
Prainha do Matarazzo
A small stretch of sand where the outfall of Rio Grande
Four kilometer long, it is one of Ubatuba’s
most traditional beaches.
Vermelha do Norte Beach
It has an aquatic park with a water slide. It is beside
Known worldwide, it hosts surf championships. It is
very large and has quite clear sands.
One of the most charming views of Rio-Santos road,
it is large and has a very calm sea.
A delightful retreat for "caiçaras"
(natives of Santos city)
Brava da Almada Beach
A paradisiacal scenario with a luxuriant nature, despite
of being difficult to reach.