Ilhabela has an area of 337.5 km² being the second largest oceanic island in Brazil, surpassed only by the Island of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis). Its territory counts still more 12 km ² distributed in the islands that compose its archipelago. Its surface is covered by the Atlantic Forest, with 83% of its area preserved by Ilhabela State Park, the city is home to the largest Atlantic Forest reserve on the planet.
Its parks have the most beautiful waterfalls in the State of São Paulo. There are more than 300 waterfalls. The best known is the Toca waterfall, located inside an old sugar plantation, today it functions as a kind of aquatic complex. Other attractions are the waterfalls of Água Branca, Laje, Veloso, Três Tombos and Gato.
The nature of Ilhabela provides much more than its beautiful landscape. The island is known as the Sailing Capital. The wind of the channel ideal for the practice of the sport attracts to Ilhabela the best and most important championships of the category all year. The east wind of the Ponta das Canas channel is another attraction, the best scenario in Brazil for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Surfing is the attraction of the beaches of the open sea, Castelhanos and, mainly, Bonete, with the best waves of the north coast of São Paulo. Another attraction of the sea of Ilhabela is the diving. Clear sea, good visibility, vast marine fauna and its greater highlight: more than twenty shipwrecks, being considered the paradise of diving in shipwrecks.
In addition to its natural attractions, Ilhabela has a large and well-structured network of bars and restaurants. Its main beaches and historic center (Vila) have excellent restaurants, snack bars, pizzerias and a wide variety of bars and nightclubs.
Of course you could not miss its main charm: its paradisiac beaches. There are 42 beaches of different styles.