ABOUT GUARUJA: Guaruja is located
in the state of Sao Paulo, 90km from São
Paulo City. It is an island but as its position
is so close to the continent, liked with bridges
and ferry boats, no one understands it as an island.
There live about 295.000 people, but during high
season the population increase three times or more.
The distance to Santos is approx 13km, to Ilhabela
135km, to Ubatuba 213km, to Paraty 288km, and to
the port in Angra dos Reis 387km.
IS GUARUJA: The city and island
of Guaruja is a popular beach resort among Brazilians,
with both urban as well as desert beaches. Guaruja
was founded in 1893, but since then, the town has
grown a lot and today is frequented by tourists
and weekend residents from Sao Paulo City. The beaches
are beautiful of light colored sand that causes
green and turquoise colored sea waters. Here is
an interesting frontier between dark colored sand,
from Santos and to the south, and light colored
sand from Guaruja and to the north, in the direction
of Rio de Janeiro. The best and most popular beaches
for swimming might be the Praia Enseada and Praia
de Pernambuco beach, but Packtours recommends also
a small charming desert beach named Praia do Eden.
Besides enjoying the beaches Guaruja, there are
possibilities of practicing sports as well. Every
year the island hosts competitions of sports like
tennis, cycling and surfing. The island also has
one of the oldest golf courses in Brazil, inaugurated
in 1960. The course covers an area of 200 thousand
square meters (239.2 square yards), with 11 holes.
Guarujá’s golf course is considered
as difficult, demanding both expertise and precision
from the players. Another great attraction is Guarujá’s
Aquarium, the biggest in South America with more
than 700 species of marine animals. There are also
several options of shopping centers, supermarkets,
bars, restaurants, hotels and a lively night life
during summer - especially during high season (December
everyone appreciate urban city beaches, like the
beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Honolulu, or in Guaruja,
according to the absence of untouched green nature,
but they use to please its visitors anyway. You
are able to enjoy the sun and sea there as well,
but with the advantage of the nearness to, in this
case, Sao Paulo City and its airports. To go to
Guaruja takes only one hour and will cost you less
(money & time) then traveling to other beaches
on the north shore. Instead of staying in Sao Paulo
City, a stay in Guaruja will be more pleasant, as
you will feel the fresh air from the sea, take sun
on the beach and stroll or bicycle along the beach
TO GO: By Air: Arriving the airports
in Sao Paulo (Congonhas / CGH) or (Guarulhos / GRU),
Packtours can arrange convenient TAXI service to
Guaruja, it may take slightly more than one hour
to go. By Road: It is possible to go to Guarujá
via the Imigrantes Highway (SP-160) or via the Anchieta
Highway (SP-150). Packtours rent cars, which is
recommended for the more experienced traveler, (advantage
to be Portuguese Speaking). But for those that give
priority to convenience and security, we arrange
TAXI service as well between Guaruja and Sao Paulo,
and for budget travelers it exists public buses.
WHEN TO GO / CLIMATE:
The annual mean temperature stays around 18ºC
– with a maximum of 27ºC, and minimum
of 15ºC. The climate is humid and moderate,
the summer and rain season last from November to
March, and the “winter” dry season between
March and October. NOTE: Wintertime it is normally
warm and possible to enjoy the beach, except when
a cold front temporarily appears from the south,
then it can be cool, windy and rainy. The sea water
is also cool wintertime, approx 15ºC.
In February, the city hosts both the International
Tennis Tournament and the National Surfing Festival.
Guarujá Golf Clube
It is located at 545, Avenida das Américas,
Pernambuco Beach. It opens every day, from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
Mundo Theme Park
The biggest aquarium in South America, it has more
than 700 species of aquatic animals. It is located
at 2001, Avenida Miguel Stéfano, Enseada
Dating back to 1584, the fortress was built by the
Spanish colonizers. In there we can see panels of
Manabu Mabe’s. It is accessed by the Santa
Cruz dos Navegantes road, or by boat, from the Ponte
dos Práticos (Pilot’s Bridge).
All stores in the city, especially in its center,
work in special service hours, until 10 p.m., even
on weekends, when there are more visitors in the
city. It is worth visiting the craft fairs on the
Pitangueiras and Astúrias beaches.
Branca (White) Beach
Accessed by trails from the Bertioga ferry or by
boat from the Pontão de Bertioga.
A desert bay. It is accessed by trails from the
Branca Beach, or by boat from the Pontão
Strong waves. It is accessed by trail from the Preta
It is the ideal beach for the practice of nautical
Popular, beautiful urban beach (only one floor buildings),
here are bike lanes, promenade and kiosks along
the entire beach.
do Edem Beach
It is a tiny, charming, desert beach with white
soft sand, sometimes with strong waves. The access
is some tricky, via a short trail.
do Tombo Beach
It is a nice, urban beach with white soft sand,
with strong waves, but not good of bathing for small
and Astúrias Beach
Those are the busiest urban beaches in Guaruja,
popular among weekend residents, with high building
constructions - nothing we recommend to our clients.