Mangaratiba, Brazil – A Beautiful Place

Solange’s mother came to visit us and we decided to take a quick weekend vacation. Solange searched the map and found Mangaratiba. It is about 70 miles from Rio de Janeiro, but given the condition of the roads and the traffic, it takes between 2-3 hours to drive there. All that said, it was worth it. I have been all over the world, and I would put Mangaratiba up there with Yosemite National Park as one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in my life.

I decided to exercise like a mad man. On the first day, first I swam for an hour in the pool. Next, there is a beautiful natural swimming pool whose depth is about 20 feet deep. There you can swim or snorkel with the fishes. Although I did not have snorkel gear, I enjoyed immensely diving to the bottom and and exploring the ocean floor. After that, I went in the ocean and swam for about a half an hour. Later, just to be more insane, I ran about 3 miles on the treadmill on the hotel.

On top of that, the kids had a great time, and Solange took most of the photos on my camera. It’s a great camera and Solange is becoming a great photographer.

3 thoughts on “Mangaratiba, Brazil – A Beautiful Place

  1. I want to surprise my boyfriend tomorrow by going to Magaratiba. Is it easy to find the place for snorkeling you described? Could you answer in case the mail reaches you in time to my Email?

    Beijos from Rio,


  2. Hello Kristina,

    It is very easy to find the place where the outdoor pool is located. We stayed in a hotel called Porto Real. Here is a link.

    If you stay at this hotel, it is walking distance to the pool. One thing. Bring your own snorkeling gear. There were many locals with snorkeling gear but we did not have any. They have those long styrofoam noodles to swim but no snorkeling gear for pay.

    Good luck and I hope you like it.


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