Placed approximately 10 km from Paraty historical center it is very close to Long Island. Mrs. America Carolina da Silva, an old resident tell us that the place belonged to Mr. Joao Araujo and his family who’s abandoned the land in the occasion of a mysterious explosion that had occurred in the upper level of the island. The current residents were settling there creating the existent fishing community of about 300 people. They anchor their boats in the calm waters of the canal formed by the island and the continent daily.
Placidly anchored within eyeshot.
At the little house in the middle, Mr. Clovis owns a little bar.
The Island is supplied by electricity and piped water. It has a local grocery store owned by Mr. Ronaldo and some bars, inns, handmade dockyards and flour houses. Derli’s dockyard built Laurinho’s boat which we recommend for boat rides (see the picture).
Right at the moment we were writing this text our neighbor Mr. Arenildo was building a canoe out of a huge Guapuruvu tree that had fallen by the beach.
The locals canoe is sculpted in one single tree.
Bar and restaurant under coconut palms.
It’s the second largest island of Paraty bay area with a total area of about one kilometer square. The highest peak has 198 meters. The community is typically local living almost exclusively of fishing. These fishermen are concentrated by St. Peter’s church at Pontal beach (west side of the island) and along the coast and trees. Part of the east side of the island that faces Paraty bay area was sold to the building of summer homes purpose.
St. Peter’s celebration is held in June with a procession of fishing boats that take the image of the saint to church, including food, dances and typical songs.
The shrimp festival starts during St. Peter’s celebration novena and it happens for being the time when the “Defeso” ends – period of shrimp procriation protection. These events take many Paraty tourists to Pontal.
It’s also worth remembering the picturesque and exciting Christmas party promoted by a group of frequenters: a beautifully adorned and illuminated schooner appears in the sea bringing Santa Claus along with the sound of Christmas songs many gifts for the children.
"O TUBARÃO DRINKS" waiting for Santa Claus.
Among the stones from the walk Araujo Island appears.
The island has several beaches: Salvador Moreira, Pontal, Lauro, Brava and Tapera. There are many caves and burrows due to enormous rocks. The biggest of them is Tapera cave with many big compartments where it was recently found ancient bones indicating an Archeological site with indigenous instruments and bones. Besides that , there are many other also interesting burrows as “Toca dos Ossos" ( The Bone Burrow) and “Toca das Andorinhas” ( The Swallows Burrow)
Preparing the fishery. In the back Lilico’s houses.