Praia Ilha do Campeche (praia-ilha-campeche)
Praia Ilha do Campeche, or Campeche Island Beach, can be found in Brazil’s Santa Catarina state. In an area of the country known unofficially as the “Caribbean of Brazil”, it lies on the western side of a small island east of Santa Catarina Island, and is reached by boat from Campeche Beach – which it is not to be confused with.
Comprising idyllic white sands and warm turquoise waters, Praia Ilha do Campeche is at its widest at its eastern side, while the rocks to its western end are the best area for snorkelling without having to take a boat trip further afield. Buoys mark out the safe area to swim, and with the constant passage of boats, it’s best to stick to these areas.
A limited number of around 800 visitors are allowed to visit the island each day, due to the need to protect the island’s 10 archaeological sites from degradation. Due to the need to return to Santa Catarina, it means visitors to Praia Ilha are limited to around four hours on the island. While there is nowhere to stay overnight, there are a couple of fitting beach bars in which to enjoy a drink or a basic meal.
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