Ubatuba~Sao Paulo’s Surf City~ DAY 1

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!!

Lots of Surf shops
Lots of Surf shops

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.

Ubatuba in the distance. Now to go down the mountain
Ubatuba in the distance. Now to go down the mountain
RAIN!!
RAIN!!

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!

Pousada del Mar
Pousada del Mar

Praia Itagua in city center
Praia Itagua in city center

Shark bites for lunch!
Shark bites for lunch!

Lots of beaches to check out!
Lots of beaches to check out!

Praia Grande- MOST popular beach
Praia Grande- MOST popular beach

Lots of beautiful beaches and mountains

CrAzY ducks!
CrAzY ducks!

It's for the birds really!
It’s for the birds really!

The road to Itambuca beach
The road to Itamambuca beach
LOTS of mud and ruts...are we going the right way?
LOTS of mud and ruts…are we going the right way?
Ahhhh....yes!
Ahhhh….yes!

Lots of little hermit crabs on the beaches
Lots of little hermit crabs on the beaches

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!!!

Donanas restaurant- Ubatuba
Donanas restaurant- Ubatuba
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Palmito Assado Reachado
Palmito Assado Recheado

And on the way home…got caught in the rain! But it was a wonderful day! Check out Day 2 coming soon 🙂

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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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