Paraty, a charming seaside town in the state of Rio de Jainero, is known for its preserved cobblestone streets and intact colonial architecture dating back to the eighteenth century. Not only is Paraty appealing to travelers for being a Brazilian National Historic Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also gives visitors a variety of activities to participate in, an assortment of relaxing places to lodge, and an array of delicious seafood and authentic Brazilian restaurants to choose from all while being surrounded by off-shore islands, stunning white sand beaches, and dense jungle all around. Who wouldn’t want to make a stop here while in Brazil?
WHAT TO DO?
Explore the Historic Center
A great way to explore Paraty and feel the essence of its history is by walking the cobbled streets by foot. If you’re looking for an in-depth history of Paraty, an insider’s view of the colonial architecture, and an opportunity to photograph this charming city all while being accompanied by an experienced guide, you don’t want to skip out on this Paraty City Sightseeing Tour.
Tour the Surrounding Islands by Boat
Explore the surrounding islands of Paraty by booking a boat tour to visit some of the best swimming areas and isolated beaches that can only be reached by boat. If you want a more personalized experience on a private speedboat or a fishing tour to see some of the most remote swimming and snorkeling spots, look no further than Scott Dunn Private Journeys. An added plus to this tour is being able to visit a Cachaça distillery where you will learn about the process of making Cachaça and taste test the different blends!
WHERE TO STAY?
Stay in the inviting guest house, Casa Turquesa, on the quiet side of Paraty’s city center while less than a half mile away from many of historical sites in town. Casa Turquesa is close enough for guests to feel a part of the city excitement while still providing an intimate and relaxing experience within the confines of the hotel. With only nine en-suite rooms, this guest house also includes an indoor reading room, an outdoor swimming pool, and hot tub, as well as a garden gazebo and bar that includes a wine cellar.
If you don’t mind being completely surrounded by water and are looking for a more private accommodation, Ilho Do Pico may be the place you’re looking for. Located on a small island in the Paraty Bay, guests can enjoy complete solitude, stunning views, and their own beach to ensure a high-end luxury experience and ultimate relaxation.
WHERE TO EAT?
Restaurante Banana de Terra
Restaurante Banana de Terra is unique in its style of highlighting local ingredients and focusing on dishes that are central to the region. If you couldn’t tell by the name of the restaurant, bananas and plantains are a popular dish from the menu. Don’t skip the fresh seafood entrees either, as these are a crowd pleaser.
Restaurante Quintal das Letras
Restaurante Quintal das Letras prioritizes sustainability with a farm-to-table concept. They are known for sourcing fresh produce daily from Fazenda Bananal while still emphasizing the flavors and uniqueness of the traditional caiçara cuisine.
To learn more, visit the Paraty website.
Written by DLX Contributor Corinne O’Dea | Paradise2Purpose
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