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“Beautiful beach but not that east to get to it.”
Review of Lopes Mendes Beach

Lopes Mendes Beach
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US$19.00*
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Schooner Shuttle to Lopes Mendes from Vila do...
Ranked #3 of 82 things to do in Ilha Grande
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

I'm very glad I made the effort to get to this beach but it was an effort and not suitable for all. We arrived on a cruise ship so it was a busier day but the beach was still very quiet and beautiful. There were 3 or 4 vendors there to get drinks and crisps, not much choice but ok.
It requires a taxi boat ride from the town to get to a nearby beach and then a walk/hike. The taxis were very organised and it was easy to get there and negotiate a time back in a shared boat with others. There is a nice looking bar on a pier on the beach where they drop you but we didn't have time to go in it. The issue is the "walk" once you have been dropped off. It took us 25 mins and wasn't at all easy as it had rained the day before. I imagine it would be much easier if totally dry but after rain it was very muddy and slippy and it isn't on the flat, its uphill then down hill on a dirt path and I feel you have to be reasonably fit to do it in these conditions. That said it was worth the awkward hike (and this is why its a quiet unspoilt beach!). Be aware that it is through the jungle so there are lots of mosquitos and you should cover up and wear repellant, we were told when in Rio that a number of people staying on the island have caught yellow fever, I'm not sure how accurate this is. I wasn't worried as I had got the vaccine while at home.

Thank DanceMDM
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

The easiest (and perhaps the only) way to reach this beach is by boat from Vila do Abraão for one hour and then half an hour hike in the forest, but it’s definitely worth it! White sand, crystal clear water and ocean waves hitting the shores. There are a few food stalls which are not well equipped, I would have put a few more kiosks.

Thank CodaQ
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

This is a really good trail. The hardest bit is the first half and it should take the average person 2.5-3 hours. Take a big bottle of water and some bananas and you'll be fine. There are restaurants along the way if you need anything extra. There's a "tourist information" hut about halfway through that explains you must buy a boat ticket from her otherwise you won't be able to get back. Not sure how true that was as there were other ticket sellers along the way and even boat taxis on the beach but we bought one for 25 reals at the time. Not much to make sure you get home ok.

Thank 5redleader
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

You should definitely go!
I'd give it a 5, but I think the plastic garbage was off-putting. Still, you won't see it until after you've had your "awe, its sooo beautiful" moment. Enjoy!

And walk slowly from the boat so you get a chance to see some monkeys on the way there. They're usually hiding in the trees.

Thank KinaLinaBina
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

We walked one way and got the boat back. The walk/hike took around 3 hours and is clearly sign posted. It was probably the sweatiest we have ever been, but did make the sight of the white sands and blue water even more amazing! The hike is hard and tiring, you do need proper footwear and not flip flops as you are scrambling up and down very steep jungle hills at most points, you get to cross 2 other beaches as well which is nice. The beach itself is beautiful - very picture perfect. If you walk up to the far end you could easily have 100m of beach to yourself. There are five or so little stalls selling crisps, drinks and sandwiches (these sell out quickly) but no toilets. The boat back, which only goes to the 2nd beach due to the shallow waters of Lopes Mendes - and then is a 20 min walk through the jungle, was 20 rs if bought in advanced (when arriving on the 2nd beach) or 25 rs if bought when you wanted to leave. The last boat goes back at 7pm. Would recommend a trip to this beach by boat or foot as part of any visit to the island.

Thank Zoe M
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