After 2 weeks in Brazil, with visits to the caves in PETAR, Sao Paulo State, and Iguacu falls, we came to Boipeba on the promise from reviewers of a paradise like no other. They were not wrong, but it is more than that, it really is the promised land. At its heart is the Santa Clara. This is the most perfect Pousada, hosted by Charles and supported by his happy, friendly and most capable staff. Charles greeted us with true warmth and we immediately felt at home, and it stayed like this throughout our 7 days on the island. We even met Santa Clara herself (Charles and Marks Mum). Charles can arrange many trips and tours, just ask. Our room was clean, comfortable, well furnished with hammock, mosquito net and fridge with cold drinks at retail prices. Breakfast and dinner were superb (well done Mark), you will not need to eat anywhere else. We had an upstairs room (number 5), so we could leave shutters open for the sea breeze, and the sounds of the sea, the boats and the rain forest. Ignore the comments about no air conditioning, and noise from the natural elements. You are on a remote tropical island where temperatures are routinely in the 30's. It is not a resort, it is nature at its best. You just need to do your homework and come prepared.
For those of you, like we were, who are anxious about getting to Boipeba, you should not worry, Charles can arrange everything, and at a reasonable cost. We opted to stay in Salvador overnight (at the Pousada Estrela do Mar), before and after our stay on the island, leaving our main luggage in their safe keeping, and taking only the requisite Havianas, shorts, shirts, swimming things and sun cream. Charles advised on the ferry crossing from Sao Joacquim to Bom Despacho, and he had a car waiting to take us to Graciosa where we were picked up by speed boat for the final leg to Boipeba, and a landing on a soft sandy beach. Savour the whole experience, there is not a better way to arrive at a holiday destination.
As for Boipeba itself, it exceeded our expectations. It is safe, the people are friendly and dedicated to preserving what they have. Miles of empty sandy beaches within easy walking, places to eat, drink and relax. We had a lobster lunch at one of beach bars, and slept off in the afternoon in one of their hammocks. We spent several evenings at the same bar watching the sun set. On our last day we just relaxed at a beach bar, people watched, sipping cold cerveja whilst paddling our feet in the water. In between, we walked to Morere along beautiful beaches at low tide, crossed a river and hitched a ride back on a random tractor. Be prepared, you might have to walk back! We lounged on the many beaches, looked in rock pools. We went on an early morning nature walk with a guide, into the centre of the island, ate pineapple cut fresh from the field. By far the highlight was the snorkelling which Charles arranged this with Marta, she was a brilliant knowledgeable guide and included underwater photographs of our adventure. We even went back for a second experience . We missed out on the canoe trip to the mangroves, so will save that until the next time, because this is an island paradise where there has to be a next time.
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