Paraty is in one of the most beautiful areas of Brazil and famed for its lovely coastline dotted with sixty-five islands. There are over 300 beaches accessible by boat from Paraty and boat tours directed by locals can take you to the best ones for your purposes. Whether you want calm water for swimming, a variety of sea life for snorkeling, or the finest sand for sunbathing, the islands can deliver. There are also special areas for scuba divers who want to explore Paratys islands from a different depth.
The closest, and therefore most visited, islands are close to Paratys shores and located in the bay. These are some of the most beautiful islands with fine white-sand beaches situated close to reefs for viewing a variety of sea life during snorkeling, but you will usually have to share the views with quite a few other people. For those seeking a more solitary excursion, there are also tours to some of the farther islands that are perfect for a romantic day with a loved one or a secluded family picnic.
There are a few different ways to get to these beautiful islands, but by far the nicest way is by sail boat. Chartering a sail boat is more expensive than some of the other tour options, but the peace and tranquility you experience while sunning on your deck as you slice through calm turquoise water to pristine islands is unparalleled. If chartering a private sail boat is out of your budget, there are larger boats that take many travelers at once to some of the islands and are very inexpensive. Or, travelers can rent a private boat with an outboard motor for a more intimate experience. These little fishing boats are usually operated by locals who can whisk you to many of the more secluded beaches. Fishing boats are the best option for small groups wanting to see many of the islands as they are faster than the other boats which means more time for snorkeling and sunning.