The road to Ubatuba is draped with rich, lush greenery of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic rain forest), the peaks of Serra do Mar provide a gorgeous backdrop to the winding Ubatuba coastline. This region has become a prime resort area for Paulistas, with its elegant beach homes and many stylish hotels and pousadas, not to mention the over 100 beaches. Only the Ubatuba beaches intersect the Tropic of Capricorn.
Ubatuba sometimes called “Uba Chuva” because of all the rain it gets ( chuva is Portuguese for rain). Ubatuba is also considered, by law “The Surf Capital of São Paulo State”. The city has received this honour because more than ten important surf contests are held off its beaches every year, including two world qualifying series, two Super Surf Pro series, and other competitions supported by such well-established brands as Billabong and Quiksilver. We also thought it was very interesting that many residents of Ubatuba ride bicycles ( we commented to each other on our way in to the city)… and yes even in all the rain. We even saw a sign posted(oops didn’t get the picture) of 10 reasons to drive a bicycle in Ubatuba. Pretty cool!!
The name Ubatuba comes from the Tupi language… uyba (arrows or canoes) and tuba (many). Ubatuba was the place where the Portuguese signed the first treaty of peace of the Americas with the Tupinamba Indians. A treaty that kept Brazil in Portuguese hands, with only one language and one faith, and the Tupinambá families were forced into slavery, working on sugar cane plantations.
As I mentioned, David had a couple days off mid week and so it was off to Ubatuba to check it out! It takes about 3 hours from Resende and you have to go up and over and down the mountains to get to the coast. It was a beautiful drive with many flowering purple, pink, yellow and orange trees amongst the lush tropical greenery. The road down through the Serra do Mar was interesting with crazy hairpin turns. Unfortunately it rained both days going through the mountains so no pictures through the rain forest.
Wednesday was supposed to be the nicest day with Thursday calling for heavy rain ( it’s Uba Chuva, after all) so after we checked in at our Pousada ( Torre del Mar) we decided to see as many of the beaches as possible and watch a little surfing. We enjoyed lunch ( shark bites) on the waterfront and went exploring. We drove up the coast and stopped at some of the different beaches and look offs. Watched a bit of surfing at Lagoinha beach. My ABSOLUTE favorite beach was Itamambuca ( the famous surfing beach) but probably because by the time we got there ( it’s a little out of the way down a VERY muddy trail) the sun was setting and that’s my favorite time of the day for beach. It was breathtaking!
We went back to our Pousada had a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool and then had a delicious dinner of Palmito Assado Recheado com Bacon ( palm heart stuffed with bacon and cheese and served on rice) YUM!!!