Side Trips from São Paulo Travel Guide
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Plan Your Side Trips from São Paulo Vacation

São Paulo’s surroundings are perfect for all types of getaways with the peaks of the Serra da Mantiqueira inland and the area's finest beaches up the North Coast. The state has the best highways in the country, making it easy to travel by car or bus to its many small, beautiful beaches, and beyond to neighboring states (Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, and Minas Gerais). Although the North Coast's sandy stretches require two-hour drives, good side trips from the city can be as close as the 30-minute trip to Santos's long strip of sand, Embu's weekend craft market, or Santana de Parnaíba's historical streets.

For a weekend of relaxation, soak up the healing properties of Águas de São Pedro’s spas and springs. If you like mountains, head to Campos do Jordão, where cafés and clothing stores are often crowded with oh-so-chic paulistanos (natives of São Paulo city; inhabitants of São Paulo State are called paulistas). Serra Negra and its surrounding region offer mineral waters and an immersion in the coffee production history of Brazil, as well as several activities for families and couples looking for a romantic getaway. Favor the coast’s North Shore beaches and Ilhabela (the name means "beautiful island") if you prefer sun and sand. The island is part of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) and has many waterfalls, trails, and diving spots.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Escape from the Big City Fast highways zip you away from the hustle and bustle of São Paulo to spa towns and beach resorts.
  2. Beach Paradises Bask on a range of beautiful beaches, from surfer paradises in Ubatuba to coastal islands and sandy rain-forest coves on Ilhabela.
  3. Rich History Witness Brazil’s colonial and rural history in Embu and Santana de Parnaíba.
  4. Great Nightlife Dance until dawn with a seaside view at Maresias, São Sebastião.
  5. Gorgeous Landscapes Luxurious forests in Campos do Jordão combine with impressive wildlife and bodies of water in Águas de São Pedro and Serra Negra.
  6. Scrumptious Food Sample a variety of local dishes made with the freshest ingredients, including artisanal sausages and locally brewed beer.

When To Go

When to Go

The area around São Paulo is lovely year-round. Most places have a steady stream of visitors, so it’s always wise to book hotels well in advance...

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