Updated on Oct.26, 2011Boiçucanga, one of the beaches on the southern coast of São Sebastião (a stretch known as Costa dos Alcatrazes), is one of the great options for vacations on São Paulo's North Shore.
In a country where the whole of the Atlantic coast faces the east, Boiçucanga is a rare beach where you can watch the sunset. Located between Maresias and Camburi, without the great surfing conditions of the first and with coarser sands than the latter, the beach is fine for relaxation, getting a sun tan and walking (make it easier on your legs by staying closer to the sea, where the sand is more firmly packed).
Boiçucanga is also one of the North Shore beaches closest to BR-101. You can stay in Boiçucanga, take the beach bus or drive to explore the other beaches on the North Shore, or stop by for an affordable lunch, a bit of hiking - or a lovely sunset with your one and only.
Things to Do in Boiçucanga
Ask at your pousada about hiking to Praia Brava - a small and pristine beach sandwiched between Boiçucanga and Maresias - or local waterfalls, of which the most famous are the ones on Ribeirão do Itu.
How to Get to Boiçucanga from São Paulo:
Boiçucanga is about 93 miles from São Paulo.
Litorânea (a Pássaro Marron company) has buses to Boiçucanga departing from the Tietê bus terminal four times a day (6:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; schedule subject to change) The ticket costs R$ 35,20. The bus stops at a small Litorânea station at the farthest end of the beach.
From Boiçucanga to São Paulo, there are buses at 5 a.m., 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to the Tietê bus terminal. The ticket costs R$ 30,90 (July 2010 price; schedule and fare subject to change).